90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Week In The News: Ukrainian Invasion, Burger King Tax Trouble, A Gaza Ceasefire

War moves over Syria, Ukraine. Burger King moves to Canada. Nine-year-olds and Uzis. Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News, David Sanger of the New York Times and On Point’s own Jack Beatty on a busy week of headlines.

Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.  (AP)

Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation’s security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that “Russian forces have entered Ukraine,” as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP)

A hot news week for the end of summer.  And a president saying let’s calm down.  In Ukraine, US officials say maybe a thousand Russian troops now across the border.  Ukrainians say “full-scale invasion.”  In Syria, US air power now scoping potential ISIS targets for bombing.  But there’s no strategy yet, says President Obama.  And no US military path in Ukraine.  At home, a funeral for Michael Brown.  Burger King bolts for Canada.  A nine-year-old kills with an Uzi in Arizona.  An earthquake in Napa.  This hour On Point:  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Margaret Talev, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. (@margarettalev)

David Sanger, national security correspondent for the New York Times. (@SangerNYT)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Accuses Russia of Invasion — “A senior official of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said that more than 1,000 Russian troops were fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, by far the largest such force ever reported by the Western alliance. But he stopped short of calling it an invasion, saying it represented an ‘incursion’ apparently aimed at preventing Kiev’s forces from defeating pro-Russian rebels, rather than a broader assault on Ukraine.”

Bloomberg News: Ebola Cases May Surpass 20,000, WHO Says in Updated Plan — “More than 20,000 people may be infected with Ebola before the outbreak in West Africa is controlled, and curbing the epidemic will cost at least $490 million, according to a World Health Organization plan.”

Los Angeles Times: Gaza truce holds as Israelis debate what was won and lost — “Under Tuesday’s accord, Hamas gained little beyond the terms of an Egyptian truce proposal that had been in place since the early weeks of the conflict. Under the cease-fire pact, material for reconstruction will be allowed into the territory, and fishermen will have access to a six-mile offshore zone. But the group’s demands for a seaport and an airport will have to wait for substantive negotiations set to begin in a month.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jan 30, 2015
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch gathers her papers during a break in her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. (AP)

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Jan 30, 2015
In the new film "American Sniper," Bradley Cooper plays real-life US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was the deadliest marksman in American history. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

“American Sniper.” Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper’s war film keeps crushing at the box office and stirring more controversy. We’ll go to it.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jan 29, 2015
This Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 a street side memorial with a painted portrait of Ezell Ford near where he was shot when police confronted him on Aug. 11, 2014, on a street near his home in South Los Angeles. (AP)

The author of “Ghettoside” takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.

 
Jan 29, 2015
Mike Johnson, a sales manager at a local Honda car dealership, walks past a row of Honda CRV SUVs Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz.  (AP)

Is it the next subprime scandal? Banking giants piling into high-interest auto loans for the poor. We’ll investigate.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: January 30, 2015
Friday, Jan 30, 2015

Emails, on-air interactions and the dystopic legend of Shia LaBeouf. (We aren’t kidding about that last one, we swear).

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: January 23, 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

New thoughts on Facebook, new analysis of State of the Union twitter activity and new weekend excitement. New! And exciting!

More »
Comment
 
Meet On Point’s Interns: Spring 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

Good news! We have interns, and they are wonderful, and here they are for the spring term. Meet them digitally, right here.

More »
2 Comments