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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 10:00 AM
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather where three bombs exploded in Sayyda Zeinab, a predominantly Shiite Muslim suburb of the Syrian capital, Syria, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The triple bombing claimed by the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 45 people near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, overshadowing an already shaky start to what are meant to be indirect Syria peace talks. (SANA via AP)

The desperate bid to negotiate an end to Syria’s civil war. Fragile talks in Geneva. We’ll dig in.

 
Monday, November 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this file photo released May 14, 2015 by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, a member of the Islamic State group's vice police known as "Hisba," right, reads a verdict handed down by an Islamic court sentencing many they accused of adultery to lashing, in Raqqa City, Syria. (AP)

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen says the US needs to step up in the fight against ISIS. But there’s a caution flag, too. We’ll dive in.

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Monday, November 2, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Douma Revolution, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, people gather near damaged buildings, in the aftermath of an airstrike that activists said was carried out by Russia, in Douma, Syria, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. (AP)

U.S. special forces taking on ISIS in Iraq, and how headed into Syria. Should U.S. troops be back on the ground in this region?

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Russian President President Vladimir Putin addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP)

The Russia factor, with Syria, ISIS, Iraq, Iran. Obama and Putin sit down. We dive in.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 photo, Syrian refugee Ibrahim Mahmoud speaks during an interview with The Associated Press surrounded by his children inside his tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Deir Zanoun, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. (AP)

A deep look inside Syria: Russia’s military steps up. Hundreds of thousands of migrants flee: who’s leaving? Who’s staying?

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Friday, September 11, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Bob Kunst, of Miami Beach, Fla., wears a Hillary Rodham Clinton mask while attending a Tea Party rally against the Iran deal on the West Lawn, of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015.  (AP)

Decision time on the Iran Deal. Kentucky clerk, out of jail. The US looks at the refugees of Syria. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM
People pass railway tracks as they approach the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija,Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Hundred of thousands migrants and refugees trying to reach the heart of Europe via Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and Hungary have faced dangers, difficulties and delays on every link of the journey.  (AP)

Migrant meltdown out of the Middle East. Who would take these people? Should the US help? And how to stop a global problem at its source.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, smoke and fire erupt into the sky after an explosion in the Binhai New Area in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality early Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP)

Jeb attacks Hillary. Trump attacks FOX. Ferguson after a year. China devalues its currency. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Turkish police officers carry the coffin of Turkish police special operations officer Sahin Polat Aydin, one of the four officers killed Monday in a landmine attack attributed to militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in Silopi, southeastern Turkey, during a ceremony in Ankara, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. (AP)

Turkey joins the fight against ISIS, the Islamic State. We’ll look at the politics and strategic implications for the US and the region.

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Monday, August 3, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Police officers block migrants along a road to prevent their access to train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel, in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

The migrant crush at the Chunnel, linking France and England, puts a spotlight on Europe’s migration crisis. We’ll go there.

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ONPOINT
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Feb 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Feb 5, 2016
A portion of the cover of Ben Ratliff's new book, "Every Song Ever." (Courtesy Farar, Straus and Giroux / The Publisher)

How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

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A portion of the cover of Ben Ratliff's new book, "Every Song Ever." (Courtesy Farar, Straus and Giroux / The Publisher)

How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

 
Feb 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Friday, Feb 5, 2016

Jack Beatty recounts an evening rally with Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, and wonders if the billionaire businessman is really looking for an exit.

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Friday, Feb 5, 2016

Spread the word — we FINALLY have both a new website (in beta) and a new newsletter. Sign up, visit and see what’s happening in the On Point digital universe.

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Notes From New Hampshire, #3: Jeb Bush — Cry for Me, America!
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) asked a New Hampshire audience to clap for him — and our own Jack Beatty was there to hear it.

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