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An Afghan woman voter walks past male voters lining up to cast their ballots, as she heads towards the women's side of a mosque made into a polling station in Kabul on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. (AP)
An Afghan woman voter walks past male voters lining up to cast their ballots, as she heads towards the women's side of a mosque made into a polling station in Kabul on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. (AP)

Rocket attacks didn’t stop the vote in Afghanistan this week. And town hall fireworks haven’t stopped the health care push at home.
In Kabul and beyond, Afghans braved Taliban threats and went to the polls, though in smaller numbers than five years ago. It’s been a long war.
At home, Democrats pushed back on health care, but pushed each other, too, in debate over the “public option.”
We’ve got Blackwater back in the news, a new human speed record, and Cash for Clunkers' last hurrah.
This hour, 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 Tom Braithwaite, business and politics correspondent for The Financial Times.

Joining us from Philadelphia is Trudy Rubin, foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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 21, 2009.

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