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Debt-ceiling crisis, talks but no breakthrough, Murdoch reeling, an assassination in Afghanistan. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

President Barack Obama sits with House Speaker John Boehner, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Sen. Dick Durbin, meet in the White House. (AP)
President Barack Obama sits with House Speaker John Boehner, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Sen. Dick Durbin, meet in the White House. (AP)

Dangerous territory this week, for the United States.

An historic American default on its financial obligations is now, we’re told, just days away. And the parties in Washington cannot make a deal to stop what Fed chair Ben Bernanke warns will be “calamity.”

Congress, described as “confused, even panicky.” It’s a massive, very real cliff-hanger.

We’ve got global media lord Rupert Murdoch in big trouble. An assassination in Afghanistan. Mistrial for Roger Clemons.

And American women in the World Cup final.

This hour On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-Tom Ashbrook
Guests:

Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Economist’s Economics Editor.

Christina Bellantoni, associate politics editor at CQ Roll Call.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

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This program aired on July 15, 2011.

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