Week in the News

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The Iraq Study Group owned this week. The question now is how much more they'll own, or influence. "Grave and deteriorating" was their 'wake up and smell the bitter coffee' phrase on Wednesday. By Thursday, President Bush was already saying "thanks, but no thanks" to their main recommendations: head U.S. combat troops for home, and talk to the neighbors.

It was a week of minor marvels: water on Mars, talk of a moon-base, more Russian polonium, Mary Cheney pregnant. But the death count in Iraq, and the riveting stare-down now between foreign policy worldviews, trumps all.

This hour On Point: a week in the news, with David Sanger of the New York Times, Jonah Goldberg of the National Review and our own Jack Beatty.


David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times

Jonah Goldberg, contributing editor for The National Review and columnist for The Los Angeles Times

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly

This program aired on December 8, 2006.


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