Week In The News: Trump's U.N. Speech, Russia Investigation

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With guest host Jane Clayson.

Trump and America First at the U.N. Russia investigation nears turning point. Earthquake and hurricanes. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

President Donald Trump speaks to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in New York. (Evan Vucci/AP)
President Donald Trump speaks to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in New York. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump takes his America First mantra to the United Nations and calls out North Korea’s “Rocket Man.” Kim Jong Un responds with insults and threatens to detonate a hydrogen bomb. Hurricane Maria plunges Puerto Rico into darkness. A Deadly earthquake in Mexico. GOP pushes ahead with bill to repeal Obamacare. Special Counsel Mueller tightens the screws on Manafort. Protests take to the streets in Missouri to protest police shooting. This hour, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. -- Jane Clayson.


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

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Bloomberg: Trump Threatens to ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea in the Event of War — "Trump delivered unusually stark denunciations of both North Korea and Iran, telling his audience — including officials from those two countries — that no nation can remain on the sidelines when rogue governments threaten war. 'No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles,' Trump said of North Korea, calling it a 'depraved regime.'"

The Washington Post: Trump vs. Manafort? The White House Sounds Ready To Go To War. — "It all sounds a lot like a White House that is preparing to disown Manafort and to say that he was out for himself from Day One. That could, of course, help them argue that he's not credible; they could say that he's basically about to do whatever it takes to save his own hide and will say anything — the usual strategy for witnesses who cut deals with prosecutors."

Newsweek: Are Hurricane Maria And The Mexico Earthquake Related? — "Hurricanes arise due to interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean, whereas earthquakes are caused by the motions of solid earth. But scientists have long searched for a connection between the two types of natural events, which often occur in succession—as was also the case earlier in September, when another earthquake struck Mexico around the same time Hurricane Irma made landfall."

This program aired on September 22, 2017.


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