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Netanyahu’s controversial victory. The GOP budget. Museum massacre in Tunisia. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote during Israel's parliamentary elections in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015. His Likud party would go on to win the most seats in a divided Israeli legislature, virtually guaranteeing the controversial leader a fourth term in office. (AP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote during Israel's parliamentary elections in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015. His Likud party would go on to win the most seats in a divided Israeli legislature, virtually guaranteeing the controversial leader a fourth term in office. (AP)

Rough times in US-Israel relations this week. Benjamin Netanyahu says no to a two-state solution — fundamental US policy for years — then turns around to try and soften once he's re-elected. The US has decisions to make. In Tunisia, a bloody museum massacre. ISIS claims it. At the University of Virginia, a hard police takedown of a black honors student. Ten stitches and a cry again of racism. In Congress, Republicans put up their budget numbers. Big cuts. Secret Service, still in the hot seat. A millionaire seems to confess to murder. This hour On Point: our weekly roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- Tom Ashbrook 

Guests

Rachel Smolkin, executive editor, CNN Politics. (@rachelsmolkin)

Yochi Dreazen, managing editor for news at Foreign Policy Magazine. (@yochidreazen)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR)

From Tom’s Reading List

Foreign Policy: From Tel Aviv to Turtle Bay -- "For decades, Democratic and Republican administrations have resisted a role for the U.N. Security Council in dealing with the Middle East crisis. They have argued consistently that an enduring peace can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties. Israeli leaders have also strongly opposed giving the world body a greater role in bringing about a deal."

CNN Politics: House GOP members threatening to take budget down over defense — "If House Speaker John Boehner can't cobble together enough votes from his own members for a budget, he will add another embarrassing setback to a pile of failed efforts this year. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged that total GOP control of Congress meant they would prove their party can govern and showcasing a unified budget is key to that pledge."

New York Times: This Time, Robert Durst Faces a Murder Charge in the Capital of Celebrity Trials — "So far, speculation has far outpaced reliable information about the prosecution. But a few things are all but certain. Chief among them: As Los Angeles, the city of the Menendez brothers, O. J. Simpson, Phil Spector and Michael Jackson, knows well, it will not be easy to keep the publicity surrounding Mr. Durst — and the dubious reputation he has acquired over three decades of cross-dressing, fleeing law enforcement, family strife and close ties to three deaths — from seeping into the courtroom."

This program aired on March 20, 2015.

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