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Week In The News: Climate Change, Public Prayer, Benghazi

The US joins the search for Nigerian schoolgirls.  Benghazi politics. Prayers at town meetings.

Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan, speaks during the World economic forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP)

Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan, speaks during the World economic forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP)

Nigeria’s schoolgirls all over the news this week – weeks after they were kidnapped.  Now, the US says, it will take a role.  Benghazi is back.  The House setting up a special committee to investigate.  It is not, says John Boehener, political.  In Russia, Vladimir Putin says his troops are not on Ukraine’s border.  Then unleashes huge military exercises, nukes included.  The Supreme Court says prayer before town meetings is fine, Jesus included.  We’ve got scandal at the VA.  And climate change happening all around us, we’re told.  This hour On Point:  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Michael Hirsh, national editor for POLITICO Magazine. (@michaelphirsh)

Nancy Cordes, Congressional correspondent for CBS News. (@nancycordes)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Reuters: Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote — “Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war. The decision, which contradicted the conciliatory tone set by Putin just a day earlier, caused consternation in the West, which fears the referendum will tear Ukraine apart.”

POLITICO Magazine: The Benghazi-Industrial Complex – “There is as little evidence that Clinton or anyone else in the administration engaged in a cover-up of Benghazi as there is that Hillary ordered the whacking of her old friend Vince Foster. It is a fantastical notion that continues not just to survive but thrive, in defiance of any application of fact, among the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ Hillary decried so long ago.”

Vanity Fair: Shame and Survival 20– I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened…I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I’ve decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past. (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)”

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