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Week In The News: Flight Search, Annexation, Recall

Malaysia Flight 370. Crimea, annexed by Russia. Car company troubles. March Madness. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, during a meeting in Moscow's Kremlin on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Russia faces further sanctions from the European Union on Thursday over its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula as tensions in the region remained high despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander. (AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, during a meeting in Moscow’s Kremlin on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Russia faces further sanctions from the European Union on Thursday over its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula as tensions in the region remained high despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander. (AP)

A missing plane took over the news again this week.  Flight 370.  Just gone.  But there was much more.  Russia, swallowing Crimea.  Not blinking at Western sanctions.  Everyone wondering how far Putin will go.  Another big GM auto recall and a record fine on Toyota.  The highest ranking US military officer ever court-martialed in a sexual assault case, off with a minor reprimand.  We’ve got news from the first second of the Big Bang.  Rand Paul reaching big tent.  Obamacare in the home stretch for sign-up.  This hour On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post. (@ktumulty)

Michael Hirsh, chief correspondent for the National Journal. (@michaelphirsh)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

TIME: GM CEO Mary Barra’s Stark Apology: ‘Terrible Things Happened’ — “Barra said the company has sent out letters to customers, and recalled an additional 1.55 million autos as part of its ongoing internal safety review. GM is increasing production lines to help replace parts in faulty recalled cars and dedicating a slew of new customer-service representatives to deal with the problem, she said.”

National Journal: Hillary Clinton Steps Away From Obama on Foreign Policy — “In recent weeks, as the standoff over Ukraine escalated, Hillary Clinton did something that she never did as secretary of State: She put considerable distance between herself and the president she served loyally for four years. While Barack Obama cautiously warned Vladimir Putin to back off his claims on Ukraine, Clinton rolled out a rhetorical cannon, comparing the Russian president’s moves to the seizure of territory by Adolf Hitler that set off World War II.”

Washington Post: Senators return from Ukraine, call for aid package, Russia sanctions — “Upon their return, four of the senators appeared on Sunday morning talk shows to increase the sense of urgency surrounding the bill, which passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week but has gotten tangled in a separate set of issues involving changes to the International Monetary Fund that some Republicans oppose.”

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