The Week in the News

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A week of flux in Washington and, maybe, Baghdad. Outcomes - unclear. The president's urge to surge is getting a cold response on many fronts, but no clear move to stop it yet. House Democrats are celebrating their 100-hour agenda success, but the Senate and White House veto threats remain, as do much bigger fish than the minimum wage — like Social Security and Medicare, said Fed Chief Ben Bernanke yesterday.

In Iraq, prime minister Maliki says he wants more guns, not more Americans. But militia man al Sadr's top aide has reportedly been arrested. Warrantless wiretapping is over... sort of, maybe. And China flexes military muscle — in space.

This hour On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.


David Gergen, Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He served as an advisor to four Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton.

Trudy Rubin, Foreign Affairs columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and author of "Willful Blindness: The Bush Administration and Iraq."

This program aired on January 19, 2007.


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