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Bernard Madoff arrives at federal court in New York Thursday, March 12, 2009. Madoff will plead guilty to charges that he engineered one of the largest investment scams in U.S. history and was ready to face a prison sentence of up to 150 years. (AP)
Bernard Madoff arrives at federal court in New York on Thursday, March 12, 2009.(AP)

Sometimes the news has a sense of humor.

This week, impatience with the Obama economic plan reached a boiling point on Capitol Hill — and stock markets surged all over the world. Big ups. Go figure. We’ll take it.

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao says he’s worried about China’s money in the USA. Chinese ships, with sailors in their skivvies, jostled a U.S. Navy craft on the high seas. The International Space Station has a near-miss with space junk. And scam-master Bernard Madoff goes to jail, maybe for life.

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

You can join the conversation. Is the Obama team going too fast, too slow, just right on the economy? Are you happy now that Bernie Madoff is in a 7-by-8 cell? Should somebody from the SEC be in there with him?Guests:

With us in our studio is Jonathan Kaufman, political editor for The Wall Street Journal.

Joining us from Washington is Andrea Seabrook, congressional correspondent for National Public Radio.

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

This program aired on March 13, 2009.


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