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President Barack Obama, right, and Vice President Joe Biden, left, have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., second from left, and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley in the Rose Garden of the White House on Thursday, July 30, 2009.(AP)
President Barack Obama, right, and Vice President Joe Biden, left, have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., second from left, and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley in the Rose Garden of the White House on Thursday, July 30, 2009.(AP)

Stories brewing up all over this week, from Washington to Tehran.
A much-hyped round of beers at the White House. More news from the world of steroid baseball. And bankers at the trough — 33 billion dollars in bonuses paid by bailed-out Wall St. firms.
Health care hurdles in Washington. A passel of U.S. diplomats in Israel. The secretary of defense shows up in Iraq. In Afghanistan, U.S. deaths are the highest since 2001. And in Iran, the opposition grows more restless, despite crackdowns.
This hour, On Point: What's your take? 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 Philadelphia is Trudy Rubin, foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

From Washington, we're joined by Ezra Klein, blogger and reporter for The Washington Post.

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

This program aired on July 31, 2009.

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