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US sailors and Iran. Obama’s last State of the Union. Nikki Haley shakes it up. Terror in Jakarta and Istanbul. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)
President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

A summing up for the President in his last State of the Union address this week, and slashing attacks by the Republicans who would succeed him – on each other, on Hillary Clinton, on Barack Obama’s view the world. Cruz and Trump duke it out. Nikki Haley says simmer down. Bernie Sanders, surges. We’ve got El Chapo in cuffs. New ISIS attacks. US sailors taken and released by Iran. No more Snape. No more Ziggy Stardust. This hour On Point, our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Rachel Smolkin, executive editor of CNN Politics. (@RachelSmolkin)

Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner. Author of the book, "The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy. (@ByronYork)

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

From Tom’s Reading List

CNN Politics: Sanders narrows gap on Clinton in new nationwide poll -- "Bernie Sanders is only 7 percentage points behind Hillary Clinton nationally, as the Democratic race continues to tighten. A new CBS News/New York Times survey shows Clinton with a 48% to 41% lead over Sanders, a decrease from what was a 20 percentage-point gap only a month ago, when Clinton led 52% to 32%."

Washington Examiner: Clinton? Sanders? I'll beat either one, says a confident Trump -- "General election? Hillary or Bernie? Even though he has led the GOP polls for months, Trump is entering the most dangerous period of his candidacy — the time when voters actually vote. Some political insiders believe Trump's supporters, drawn mostly by his celebrity, won't show up at the caucuses and polls. And even if the voters are willing, it's the Trump team's job to turn them out in large numbers. No one knows how well they will do that."

The Guardian: Isis claims responsibility for Jakarta gun and bomb attacks — "Up to seven blasts and multiple gunfights hit the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday in an apparently coordinated attack claimed by the terror group Islamic State.  The attacks left seven people dead – a police officer, a Canadian man, and five of the attackers. Seventeen people were wounded, including a critically injured Dutch man who had been working for the UN’s environment program."

This program aired on January 15, 2016.

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