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In this image from APTN video, a man throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Baghdad. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image from APTN video, a man throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Baghdad. (AP Photo/APTN)

The White House talks “viability” with Detroit. President Bush dodges size 10 shoes hurled in Baghdad. Evangelical preacher Rick Warren will pray at Barack Obama’s inauguration. Caroline Kennedy puts her hand up for the U.S. Senate.

There’s Bernie Madoff woe all over. A merciful surge in mortgage refinance as interest rates plummet. Deflation. And Obama’s cabinet filling up.

This hour, On Point: Our Friday roundtable goes behind the headlines.

You can join the conversation. What's your top story this week?Guests:

Joining us from Washington is Ruth Marcus, editorial writer and columnist at The Washington Post.

Also from Washington is David Leonhardt. He writes the Economic Scene column for The New York Times and contributes to the Economix blog on NYTimes.com.

And from Hanover, N.H., is Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic.

This program aired on December 19, 2008.

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