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Randy Hook, 50, of Hopewell, Pa., yells at Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., during a town hall meeting on health care in a Penn State University ballroom in State College, Pa., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. More than 400 attended. Opponents occasionally drowned out the Republican-turned-Democrat. (AP)
Randy Hook, 50, of Hopewell, Pa., yells at Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., during a town hall meeting on health care in a Penn State University ballroom in State College, Pa., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. More than 400 attended. Opponents occasionally drowned out the Republican-turned-Democrat. (AP)

Health care reform on the line this week, as the President steps onto the town hall circuit that in many Congressional districts has looked more like town hell.
What’s real, what’s "astro-turf," what’s true, what’s false — all whipped into a fury, with American health care in the balance.
In Afghanistan, tough fighting ahead of a big election. In Africa, Hillary Clinton speaks up for women and against speaking for Bill.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver and guitar legend Les Paul bow out.
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:

Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner and contributor to its Beltway Confidential blog.

Margaret Talev, White House correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.

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

This program aired on August 14, 2009.

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