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"Don’t ask, don’t tell,” off and on again. The French riot. The British slash. Plus, NPR dismisses Juan Williams. It's our weekly news roundtable.

Pennsylvania Senate candidates Republican Pat Toomey, left, and Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., participate in a debate in Philadelphia, Oct. 20, 2010. (AP)
Pennsylvania Senate candidates Republican Pat Toomey, left, and Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., participate in a debate in Philadelphia, Oct. 20, 2010. (AP)

Campaign fever this week. The President on the stump. Sarah Palin on the stump. Republicans, Democrats, Tea Partiers are clawing toward voting day.

And then, in the middle of everything, NPR kicks up a storm when it fires Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News. There is a storm of response.

There was whiplash at the Pentagon this week, as "don’t ask, don’t tell" is briefly off then on again. In Britain, there were historic, deep cuts in government spending are announced to deal with debt. And in France, riots.

Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-Tom Ashbrook
Guests:

Jonathan Martin, senior political writer at Politico.

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

This program aired on October 22, 2010.

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