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News Roundtable: December 20, 2013

OPB | Dec. 20, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 20, 2013 2:32 p.m.

It’s Friday, and it’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

This week our discussion topics include:

  • The Portland City Council approved a new contract with the Portland Police and a new legal agreement on reforms recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice
  • A push to privatize liquor in Oregon
  • President Obama’s decision to commute sentences for eight people convicted of crack cocaine offenses
  • A presidential review panel’s recommendations to rein in the National Security Agency

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