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With guest host John Donvan

Jeb attacks Hillary. Trump attacks FOX. Ferguson after a year. China devalues its currency. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, smoke and fire erupt into the sky after an explosion in the Binhai New Area in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality early Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP)
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, smoke and fire erupt into the sky after an explosion in the Binhai New Area in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality early Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP)

Jeb and Hillary, battling like frontrunners. The polls say otherwise. And Trump and FOX News kiss and make up. A lesson for Bernie Sanders: Black Lives Matter. The state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri. The EPA’s catastrophic mistake turns a river changes color. China devalues, the markets shudder. Jimmy Carter reveals how sick he is. Plus: the email server, Coke and obesity, and "Sesame Street" raises the price of admission. This hour On Point, our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- John Donvan

Guests

Eliana Johnson, Washington editor for the National Review. (@elianayjohnson)

Jamelle Bouie, staff writer covering politics, policy and race for Slate. (@jbouie)

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

From The Reading List

Slate: How Ferguson Changed America — "It’s no wonder that Ferguson—already troubled with inequality, segregation, and unfair policing—was the town that eventually burned. Brown’s death was the final spark in a summer of violence against black Americans, exacerbated by police misconduct and the attacks on Brown’s character, meant to minimize or even excuse his death. And in turn, this explosion inaugurated a new, more urgent phase in the national argument over racism."

National Review: Why Jeb's Bush Iraq Speech Was Important — "Jeb Bush delivered a speech Tuesday evening, at the Reagan library in Simi Valley, Calif., that outlined his foreign policy vision for the Middle East.  It was an important speech because he offered his own narrative of the events that have transpired in the Middle East, on his own terms, and he showed he’s capable of going on the offensive against Hillary Clinton on the subject."

The Wall Street Journal: Chinese Port City Tianjin Searches for Clues After Devastating Blasts — "Authorities on Thursday raised the death toll from explosions in the northeastern coastal city of Tianjin to at least 50, with some 700 others hospitalized, as they searched for the cause of twin blasts large enough to register on earthquake sensors."

This program aired on August 14, 2015.

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