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European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, left, is seen with Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili, right, at the opening of the Geneva talks between Iran, the U.S., and five world powers in Geneva, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. (AP)
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, left, is seen with Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili, right, at the opening of the Geneva talks between Iran, the U.S., and five world powers in Geneva, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. (AP)

Earthquake and tsunami in Sumatra and Samoa this week. Elsewhere, battling on.
In Geneva, no earthquake, but the big powers — the U.S. included — did sit down with Iran for nuclear talks, and made some progress.
In Copenhagen, it was all Olympics. At the White House, real debate over whether to boost troops in Afghanistan. In the Senate, no public option.
Saturn, the great motor hope, will die. The Dow wobbles. And September unemployment, up not down: 9.8 percent.
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 Jill Dougherty, foreign affairs correspondent for CNN.

Also from Washington we're joined by Margaret Talev, White House correspondent for McClatchy.

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

This program aired on October 2, 2009.

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