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Syria airstrikes. Obama at the UN. Climate protests. And Derek Jeter says goodbye. The Associated Press' Josh Lederman, the Wall Street Journal's Siobhan Gorman and On Point's own Jack Beatty unpack a busy week in the news.
US bombs on Syria this week. Coalition bombs, says President Obama. They’re on ISIS, but a line is crossed. And heavy bombing in Iraq. We’re in this now. In Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder, resigning. After tumultuous times. That is a changing of the guard. At the UN, calls for urgent action, at scale, on Ebola. It’s soaring. For urgent action, at scale, on the climate. Huge protests. We’ve got a fence-jumper at the White House door. India with a Mars mission. Derek Jeter’s last hit at Yankee Stadium. This hour On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- Tom Ashbrook
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NPR News: Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General — "Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress."
The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Feared Al Qaeda Group Targeted in Syria Was Plotting Terror — "Two weeks after outlining a narrow fight with Islamic State, the U.S. suddenly expanded its offensive, opening a two-front war in Syria against the original target and an al Qaeda-linked group known as Khorasan. The Obama administration said the decision to include Khorasan—whose leader may have been killed in the rapid succession of airstrikes—was made based on fears that it was planning terrorist attacks on the U.S. and Europe."
Associated Press: Obama Says Egypt Key To US Security In Mideast — "A former army general, el-Sissi has faced international criticism for his ouster last year of Egypt's first freely elected president. U.S.-Egypt ties have been strained since the ouster but the U.S. has sought to urge Egypt to pursue a more democratic system."
This program aired on September 26, 2014.
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