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Week In the News: Fort Hood, GM, Obamacare

Fort Hood shooting, again. GM’s CEO  in the hot seat. Money politics. Obamacare signup. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Lucy Hamlin and her husband, Spc. Timothy Hamlin wait for permission to re-enter the Fort Hood military base, where they live, following a shooting on base on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP)

Lucy Hamlin and her husband, Spc. Timothy Hamlin wait for permission to re-enter the Fort Hood military base, where they live, following a shooting on base on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP)

Gunfire and death at Fort Hood again this week.  An American soldier, the shooter.  American soldiers, the targets.  Terrible.  In Washington, a milestone for Obamacare and a White House smile with 7 million signed up.  But it’s still a work in progress.  The Supreme Court, ruling again against restraints on big money in our politics.  If you’re rich, it’s a green light.  We’ve seen GM’s CEO Mary Barra in the hot seat.  Hopes of a Middle East peace grown cold.  Afghanistan preparing to vote.  And David Letterman, headed out.  This hour On Point:  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

John McCormack, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. (@McCormackJohn)

Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent. (@kwelkernbc)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: Scrutiny for Wall Street’s Warp Speed — “Already, officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York office are investigating whether such firms traded ahead of other players in the market, in what may amount to insider trading or other fraud, according to an agency spokesman. Regulators in Washington and in New York State have opened their own inquiries.”

Associated Press: U.S. Secretly Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ To Stir Unrest — “At its peak, the project drew in more than 40,000 Cubans to share news and exchange opinions. But its subscribers were never aware it was created by the U.S. government, or that American contractors were gathering their private data in the hope that it might be used for political purposes.”

CNN: Obama takes minimum wage pitch to Michigan — “Having declared his signature health care initiative a success – at least for now – President Barack Obama headed to Michigan Wednesday to push another top domestic priority, raising the federal minimum wage. Speaking to a rowdy crowd at the University of Michigan, Obama used much of his remarks to lambast Republicans who oppose such a hike, saying it amounted to giving working-class Americans ‘the shaft.'”

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