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Another beheading. Obama and NATO. Nude pics hacked from the cloud. The Atlantic's Molly Ball, the Washington Post's David Ignatius and On Point's own Jack Beatty work through the headlines.
“The gates of hell” make an appearance in the news this week, and Joe Biden put them there. Furious over a second beheading and the violence of the Islamic State. “Arc of crisis,” Britain’s David Cameron says, from ISIS and North Africa, to Russia and its move on Ukraine. At NATO’s meeting in Wales, talk of rapid response and resolve. We’ll see. Joan Rivers has died. Fast food workers make a big splash for more pay. Political upheaval in Kansas. Convictions in Virginia. Celebrity nudes. More Ebola. This hour On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- Tom Ashbrook
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The Atlantic: Will Republicans Shut Down the Government Again? -- "While the topline budget numbers set by the budget deal go through October 2015, the funding passed in January expires at the end of next month, on September 30. Both houses must pass new funding bills—likely in the form of a continuing resolution—to keep the government running. And that has raised the possibility of further shenanigans."
Washington Post: Can Saudi Arabia help combat the Islamic State? -- "For a generation, Americans and Saudis have worried that the kingdom was a potential tinderbox, with Muslim and secular extremists vying to undermine the conservative monarchy. If anything, the kingdom seems slightly more stable now than a decade ago — but Sunni and Shiite extremists, otherwise deadly adversaries, share a common dream of toppling the House of Saud."
The Wall Street Journal: Deterring a European War — "The only way to deter such military aggression is with a show of comparable military and political resolve. NATO officials are floating the idea of a brigade-sized rapid-reaction force, capable of being deployed on two-days notice, with equipment pre-positioned in frontline NATO states from Norway to Romania. This is useful as a way to counter Mr. Putin's infiltration tactics without forcing NATO to scatter resources among multiple potential targets."
This program aired on September 5, 2014.
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