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Sonia Sotomayor waves as she leaves Manhattan Federal Court in New York on Thursday. Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. (AP)
Sonia Sotomayor waves as she leaves Manhattan Federal Court in New York on Thursday. Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. (AP)

A lot of emotions this week: political tempers, economic hopes, and a joyous homecoming.
A former president goes to North Korea and comes back with two freed American journalists. The current president stumps for health care reform and economic stimulus, while Congressional town meetings turn ugly.
The Senate, on its way out the door, confirms Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, and extends “cash for clunkers."
Hillary Clinton tours Africa. And a surprising new jobs report has unemployment ... falling.
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 Ron Brownstein, political director for Atlantic Media, columnist for National Journal, and author of "The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America."

From New York, we're joined by Betsy Stark, business correspondent for ABC news and an Emmy Award-winner for her investigative reporting.

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 August 7, 2009.

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