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Clockwise, from top left: President Barack Obama responds to questions during a news conference at the White House on Wednesday (AP); U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a news conference in southern Thailand (AP);A booking photo released by the Cambridge, Mass., Police Dept., showing Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (AP); a British patrol clears compounds in Afghanistan's Helmand province (AP).
Clockwise, from top left: President Barack Obama responds to questions during a news conference at the White House on Wednesday (AP); U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a news conference in southern Thailand (AP);A booking photo released by the Cambridge, Mass., Police Dept., showing Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (AP); a British patrol clears compounds in Afghanistan's Helmand province (AP).

It was a bad week for busted corrupt mayors, assemblymen and rabbis in New Jersey. Mixed news everywhere else.
The Dow, over 9000 for the first time since January — and investors cheered.
Health care reform, despite a prime-time push from the president, is off the August fast track and looking at a tough slog into the fall.
F-22 fighters and concealed weapons were pushed back in Congress.
And a white police officer’s arrest of a high-profile black scholar makes waves all over — including in the Obama White House.
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:

Joining us from Washington is Helene Cooper, White House correspondent for The New York Times. She's author of the memoir "The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood," which is now out in paperback. You can listen back to her On Point interview last year.

Also from Washington, we're joined by Liz Halloran, Washington correspondent for NPR.org.

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

This program aired on July 24, 2009.

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