With Anthony Brooks in for Tom Asbhrook
In the news this week: The Senate passes major immigration reform, but House Republicans call it dead on arrival.
President Obama pushes a big plan to cut greenhouse gasses.
A filibustering Texas lawmaker talks for 11 straight hours.
And Nelson Mandela clings to life.
This hour, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.
From The Reading List
- United States v. Windsor (Defense of Marriage Act)
- Hollingsworth v. Perry (Proposition 8)
- Shelby County v. Holder (Voting Rights Act)
- Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (affirmative action)
The Associated Press: Obama: No Wheeling Or Dealing To Extradite Snowden — “Obama said the damage to U.S. national security has already been done and his top focus now is making sure it can’t happen again.”
NPR: Obama’s Climate Strategy Doesn’t Require Congressional Approval — “President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan Tuesday designed to deal with climate change. For the first time, carbon emissions from power plants would be regulated. The policy, which can be implemented by the administration without congressional approval, calls for a broad range of actions, including steps to deal with extreme weather events that are already occurring.”
The New York Times: Mandela’s Illness Weighs On Obama’s Africa Trip — “Mr. Mandela has long been a beacon for Mr. Obama, who recounted again on Thursday how the revolution unleashed by Mr. Mandela a world away had inspired his own activisim. Friends of Mr. Obama say that for him and many of his contemporaries, the fight against apartheid was the equivalent of the civil rights movement of an earlier generation.”
WBUR: Federal Grand Jury Indicts Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — “The indictment charges the 19-year-old with using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death, among other charges.”