Protesters and police clash in Charlotte. A deep investigation into the New York bombing suspect. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Tear gas, protest, and the National Guard out this week as tension over police shootings hits a boiling point in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tension in Tulsa. Tension in Columbus, Ohio. And the whole country watching. In New York, a series of homemade terror bombs, the dramatic arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, and again we hear “lone wolf.” In Syria, bombs rain again. A relief convoy, destroyed. And big questions. This hour On Point, our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. — Tom Ashbrook
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Washington Post: Charlotte, a defining moment in a nation-defining election — "Without question, order will have to be restored in Charlotte. The National Guard is equipped with both the training and the equipment that will make their presence impossible to overcome. But once that work is done, the direction that North Carolina's much-talked about swing voters — many of them transplants from the Northeast — and voters in many other states around the country ultimately decide that the country should be led will judged by future generations of Americans who have the distinct benefit of distance and time."
Vox: Why the Chelsea bomb didn’t kill anyone, according to bomb experts — "There’s a lot authorities still don’t know about the bombings that shook Manhattan and New Jersey last weekend. Did the sole suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, have concrete ties to the Islamic State or al-Qaeda? Was he part of a larger terror cell? And perhaps most pressingly, could other attacks be imminent? But there are two things that forensics experts inside and outside of the government agree on: The bombs were relatively sophisticated, and if not for one key mistake, the attacks would have been much, much deadlier."
NPR News: 'He Will Be Our Brother': Boy, 6, Asks Obama To Bring Syrian Boy To Live With Him — "The breathtaking sadness of seeing a boy suffering in Syria's civil war has prompted a breathtaking offer of hospitality and kindness. The sight of shell-shocked five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who was wounded in an airstrike in Aleppo, left many people speechless last month. It also prompted a New York boy named Alex to write President Obama with a simple request: 'Can you please go get him' so Omran can become part of Alex's family?"
This program aired on September 23, 2016.