Tomorrow--for the first time since they became presumptive presidential nominees, Barack Obama and John McCain will be in the same place at the same time. We find out what to expect from back-to-back interviews with Pastor Rick Warren. How did a California evangelist land such an event? What’s the potential impact—on fundamentalist Christians and the rest of the voting public? Also, Georgia's ceasefire with Russia, and American business finds loopholes in economic sanctions against Iran.
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On his way to Crawford, Texas today, President Bush got off a verbal shot at Russia for its military action in neighboring Georgia. In Tbilisi, Georgia, President Mikail Saakashvili signed the ceasefire worked out in Russia by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. With him was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who said that with the ceasefire "all Russian troops and any irregular and paramilitary forces that entered with them must leave immediately."
Rick Warren is author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold some 30 million copies worldwide. He is the evangelical pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. Tomorrow, he'll be talking for one hour each to John McCain and Barack Obama, both of whom he calls "friends." The interviews will be back to back, but this is the first time the two will have been in the same place at the same time since becoming presumptive presidential nominees. We find out what to expect from the interviews, learn how a California evangelist landed such an event and discover the potential impact—on fundamentalist Christians and the rest of the voting public.
David van Biema, Senior religion writer for Time magazine
Rob Schenck, Chair of the Committee of Church and Society, Evangelical Church Alliance
Richard Pierard, historian of the evangelical movement in the US
David Domke, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Washington
America's embargo on goods to Iran was imposed in 1987, although it's been tightened since. But other countries don't observe the same restrictions. That means billions of dollars to American business. Last year, the US shipped almost $12 billion worth of goods to the United Arab Emirates, the bulk of which went to Dubai. Between 30 and 40 percent of those goods are then exported, and Iran has become Dubai's number one trading partner. That raises some interesting questions, and Christopher Stewart, contributing editor to CondeNast's Portfolio magazine, went looking for answers.
Christopher Stewart, Contributing Editor, Portfolio
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