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Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Anti-government protestors throw stones during clashes in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 3, 2011. (AP)
Anti-government protestors throw stones during clashes in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 3, 2011. (AP)

The pyramids stand. The Sphinx is still there. But this has been a week for the history books in Egypt, and in ties between Washington and Cairo.

Hosni Mubarak remained in his palace as of Friday morning. Protestors in Tahrir Square called it the “day of departure” – his departure. The Obama administration is pushing him to go. And the chemistry of a whole, vital region is shifting.

In the USA, snow like an avalanche. A Fed chair warning on the debt ceiling. Another court ruling against health reform. And it's the Steelers vs. Packers in the Superbowl.

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

David Sanger, Pulitzer Prize-winning chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times. His book “The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power” is out in paperback.

Tom Gjelten, NPR correspondent covering global security and economic issues.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

This program aired on February 4, 2011.

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