Week In The News: DHS Shutdown Risk, Net Neutrality Win, Snowy SouthPlay
A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Jihadi John unmasked, we’re told this week. A British guy with a beheading knife, ID-ed as ISIS continues to kidnap and destroy. In Brooklyn, three Americans arrested – two allegedly headed for the caliphate. The US and Israel? In a bad place right now. Susan Rice calls the standoff over Netanyahu coming and Iran negotiations “destructive” to the relationship. We’ve got Congress in a big fight over immigration and funding Homeland Security. Net neutrality made the law by the FCC. CPAC meeting. And Bill O’Reilly hanging in. This hour On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- Tom Ashbrook
Meredith Shiner, political reporter for Yahoo! News. (@meredithshiner)
David Ignatius, foreign affairs columnist at the Washington Post. Author of many books, including the new novel "The Director." (@ignatiuspost)
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@jackbeattynpr)
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Yahoo! News: A Homeland Security shutdown by the numbers — "The Republican leadership — still feeling burned from a 2013 shutdown of the entire federal government — is spinning its wheels to come up with a solution that satisfies conservatives seeking to halt President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. The GOP leadership is caught between their traditional “strong on national security” reputation and their base’s desire to block the president on immigration reform at any cost."
Washington Post: A compelling argument on Iran — "The administration’s response is that the agreement is better than any realistic alternative. Officials argue it would put the Iranian program in a box, with constraints on all the pathways to making a bomb. Perhaps more important, it would provide strict monitoring and allow intrusive inspection of Iranian facilities — not just its centrifuges but its uranium mines, mills and manufacturing facilities. If Iran seeks a covert path to building a bomb, the deal offers the best hope of detecting it."
POLITICO: Tom Wheeler tweaks net neutrality plan after Google push -- "FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has made some last-minute revisions to his net neutrality plan after Google and public interest groups pressed for the changes, according to sources at the commission. Google, Free Press and New America’s Open Technology Institute last week asked the commission to revise language they said could unintentionally allow Internet service providers to charge websites for sending content to consumers. Such a scenario could open the door to an avalanche of new fees for Web companies and threaten their business models."
This program aired on February 27, 2015.