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President Barack Obama speaking at the National Archives in Washington and former Vice President Dick Cheney speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Thursday, May 21, 2009. (AP)
President Barack Obama speaking at the National Archives in Washington and former Vice President Dick Cheney speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Thursday, May 21, 2009. (AP)

A very unusual showdown this week. The duly elected president of the United States, months after his election, grappling center stage over fundamental national security questions with an ex-vice president who hasn’t faced voters in almost five years.
Obama versus Cheney, again, on American values and American security.
We‘ve got new emission controls on the way, greens battling greens over cap-and-trade, new rules on credit cards and a green light for loaded guns in the National Parks.
This hour, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.Guests:

Chrystia Freeland, U.S. managing editor of The Financial Times. She leads the paper's U.S. edition and U.S. news on FT.com.

Gebe Martinez, political columnist and contributor to Politico.

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

This program aired on May 22, 2009.

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