Week in the News

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It's been a week to grab your attention. Oil prices pushing very near $100 dollars a barrel with world demand still surging. The U.S. dollar at historic lows. Fed chief Ben Bernanke warning of slower growth ahead while Wall Street fears worse: recession and inflation.

In powder keg Pakistan, the tension goes up. In Iraq, on the eve of Veterans Day weekend, 2007 already brings a record U.S. military death toll. And on the 2008 campaign trail, the religious right picks its Republicans — a bunch of them.

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

Zanny Minton Beddoes, U.S. economics editor at The Economist magazine.

Michael Gerson, former speechwriter and policy advisor to President George W. Bush, now a columnist for The Washington Post, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of the new book "Heroic Conservatism."

Amy Sullivan, nation editor and writer at Time magazine, and author of the forthcoming book "The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap."

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on November 9, 2007.


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