Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
A drone on the White House lawn this week, but the President wasn’t home. In India. In Saudi Arabia. Making friends. Mending fences. In Iowa, and with the Koch brothers in California, Republican hopefuls for 2016 making their cases, strutting their stuff. Lots of would-be contenders. We’ve got a Senate vote for the Keystone pipeline and a White House in veto mode. More Islamic State hostage drama. The AG nominee in the hotseat. A new Russian spy ring. And measles, still mounting. This hour On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- Tom Ashbrook
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NBC News: Obama Won't Meet with Netanyahu, Citing Israeli Leader's Re-Election Race — "President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu when he visits the United States in March, his administration announced Thursday, citing a 'long-standing practice' of avoiding appearances with heads of state in close proximity to their elections."
POLITICO: 'I will be Loretta Lynch' -- "President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee came to Capitol Hill with one overriding message Wednesday: 'I will be Loretta Lynch. 'Translation: She won’t be Eric Holder — not the attorney general who has angered Republicans during a six-year contentious relationship in which lawmakers called for his resignation and the House held him in contempt."
Washington Post: Sarah Palin and her onetime fans on the right: It’s so over -- "They’re over her. Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance has gone cold and the marriage is dead."
This program aired on January 30, 2015.