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A police murder charge in South Carolina. Russia hacks the White House. Rand Paul will run. Marathon bombing verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A card with a message addressed to the Scott family is affixed to a fence at the scene where Walter Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer Saturday after a traffic stop in North Charleston, S.C., Thursday, April 9, 2015. (AP)
A card with a message addressed to the Scott family is affixed to a fence at the scene where Walter Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer Saturday after a traffic stop in North Charleston, S.C., Thursday, April 9, 2015. (AP)

South Carolina video, the sad, break-out star this week. Dash cam video.  Brave, handheld video. An officer shooting. A black man running. Dying.  A policeman charged with murder. In Boston, a Marathon bombing verdict. Guilty. In Iran, pushback, argument, on the terms of a nuclear deal. We’ve got Rand Paul running for president, to “take back” America. Russian hackers deep in the White House. Rolling Stone fully retracting its UVA gang rape story. President Obama, in Panama. And Ferguson’s city council, now half black. This hour On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Robert Costa, national political reporter for the Washington Post. (@costareports)

Ron Allen, correspondent for NBC News. (@ronallennbc)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR)

From Tom’s Reading List

USA Today: South Carolina shooting sheds doubt on police — "The video of a South Carolina police officer shooting a black man in the back as he ran away gives victims of police misconduct new ammunition to overturn common assumptions about police brutality, but families of victims and civil rights advocates wonder if it will be enough to spur real change."

Washington Post: Groups backing Ted Cruz raise $31 million in a single week — "GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz vaulted to the top tier of the 2016 money race Wednesday as supporters announced that super PACs backing his bid had raised $31 million in a single week. The haul — which ranks as one of the biggest fundraising surges in modern presidential-race history — served as a sudden wake-up call for the rest of the likely Republican field, particularly Jeb Bush, who until now had enjoyed his status as the premier fundraiser in the contest’s early stage."

Boston Globe: After the conviction of Tsarnaev, what happens next? — "US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. will hold a second phase of the trial, in which prosecutors and defense lawyers will give opening statements, present witnesses and evidence, and give closing arguments supporting their arguments about what penalty Tsarnaev deserves. Prosecution witnesses could include Marathon victims, while the defense is likely to call experts to talk about Tsarnaev’s troubled upbringing and family life, meant to convince the jury that their client deserves some sympathy and is not deserving of a death sentence."

This program aired on April 10, 2015.

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