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President Barack Obama takes part in an Internet town hall meeting in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, March 26, 2009. (AP)

Big, big issues in motion in Washington this week. And the Obama agenda on the line.

A giant budget. Giant deficits. Giant programs. Giant bailout. All in play.

Democratic party unity is strained over the scale of ambition, and its costs. The president is out selling hard. Timothy Geithner has rolled out new plans for regulating Wall Street. And today the commander-in-chief is laying out a new strategy — with more troops — for Afghanistan.

It’s all big. So is the Red River, rising on Fargo.

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

You can join the conversation. Are you keeping up with all that’s in motion this week? On budgets, policy, bailouts, Wall Street rules, Afghanistan? Do you see Obama’s America, his vision, emerging here? Or not? What are you rooting for?Guests:

From Washington, we’re joined by Gerald Seib, executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal, where he writes the Capital Journal column. He’s co-author with John Harwood of “Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power.”

Also from Washington, we're joined by Charles Babington, White House correspondent for the Associated Press.

And from Hanover, N.H., we're joined by Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic.

This program aired on March 27, 2009.


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