John Kelly defends the president and blasts a congresswoman. Kirkuk and Raqqa. #MeToo goes viral. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Former presidents taking on Donald Trump this week. And his White House general, John Kelly, defending him on the handling of dead soldiers. George W. Bush warning of casual cruelty, bullying and prejudice, emboldened bigotry. Barack Obama of old politics of division. White House chief of staff John Kelly backing the president on condolence calls. We’ve got Kirkuk in the news, and Raqqa. A drug czar nominee withdraws. “Me too.” This hour, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. --Tom Ashbrook
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CNN: An Activist, A Little Girl, And The Heartbreaking Origin Of 'Me Too' — "The hashtag caught fire over the weekend when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a call-out to victims 'so we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.' But the online movement didn't start with Milano on Sunday. It started more than 10 years ago with activist Tarana Burke."
TIME: The Islamic State Is Gone, But Raqqa Lies in Pieces — "The militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory in Raqqa on Tuesday, signaling the unraveling of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed Caliphate and the ongoing collapse of its territory. More than three years after the ISIS seized a vast swath of Iraq and Syria and launched a global campaign of terror, the group is now on the brink of defeat as a conventional fighting force."
FOX News: Sessions Clashes With Franken On Russia Claim: 'Give Me A Break' — "In one of several testy exchanges Sessions had with Democratic senators during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, [U.S. Sen. Al] Franken, D-Minn., grilled the attorney general and suggested his explanations have changed."
This program aired on October 20, 2017.