Loretta Lynch gets a vote. Race and anger in Baltimore. Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Petraeus, sentenced. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Migrants in the Mediterranean this week, and moral anguish in a Europe looking out on failed states and drowning families. At home, President Obama apologizes for a drone strike, in Pakistan, that killed innocent aid workers – one an American. On Capitol Hill, Loretta Lynch is finally confirmed as Attorney General, after an epic political wrangle. David Patreaus is sentenced. The DEA chief is out after sex parties. Ben Affleck would rather you didn’t know he had slave owners in the family. And Baltimore is not happy. This hour on On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- Tom Ashbrook
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NPR News: Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch As Attorney General -- "The Senate voted Thursday, 56-43, to approve the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as U.S. attorney general, ending a more than five month-long political impasse that had stalled her bid to become the first black woman to lead the Justice Department."
Foreign Policy: Botched U.S. Drone Strike Kills Two Western Hostages — "An errant U.S. drone strike in January claimed the lives of an American and an Italian hostage being held by al Qaeda in Pakistan, the White House announced Thursday in a somber reminder of the risks inherent in the administration’s aggressive shadow war against militants in countries ranging from Pakistan to Yemen to Somalia."
Baltimore Sun: Videographer: Freddie Gray was folded like 'origami' — "When police went to pick Gray off the ground, Moore said his friend had limp legs. His cell phone video shows police carrying Gray to the van, his legs dragging behind him. Gray appears to briefly stand on one leg just before entering the van. After police loaded him into the van on Presbury Street and drove off, they stopped one block away at Mount and Baker streets to re-restrain Gray with leg irons. Moore said he heard Gray screaming again at that time and raced down the block to get more footage, but by that time, a crowd of police had surrounded the van."
This program aired on April 24, 2015.