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At the G8 Summit which opens tomorrow, George Bush faces a tough sell for his global warming proposal, particularly from Germany's new conservative leader, a natural ally who has a plan of her own.  At home, the President's approval ratings are low, and even his conservative supporters are angry at him over his immigration bill. What's a lame-duck president to do?  Also, Scooter Libby gets 30 years for his role in the Valerie Plame case and, on Reporter's Notebook, the war that re-shaped the Middle East started forty years ago today.  Sara Terry guest hosts.


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Producers:
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Can President Bush Score during His Lame-Duck Years? 35 MIN, 4 SEC

President Bush is facing some of his most difficult political days in the White House, confronted by tough audiences at home and abroad.  In Europe for the G8 Summit, which starts tomorrow, the President already is facing criticism for his proposal on global warming. With new leaders in Europe, will Bush be able to form new political alliances? Can he count on traditional alliances?  On the home front, with Democrats in control of Congress and conservatives angry over his immigration bill, will he be able to score any domestic political successes in the final years of his presidency?  What does the history of presidential lame-duck years tell us about what the future may hold for George Bush?

Guests:
Douglas Murray, Centre for Social Cohesion
Michael Naumann, Former German Minister of Culture
Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor, Politico
Stephen Hess, Brookings Institution

Making News Libby Sentenced to 30 Months in CIA Leak Case 5 MIN, 43 SEC

Lewis Scooter Libby, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison today for lying and his role in obstructing an investigation into the leak of the identity of a CIA operative. The presiding judge also imposed a fine of $250,000 on Vice President Dick Cheneys former chief-of-staff, as well as a two-year probation following his release from prison.  Investigative reporter Murray Waas is the author of The United States v. I. Lewis Libby.

Guests:
Murray Waas, Investigative reporter

Reporter's Notebook Forty Years after the Six-Day War 7 MIN, 57 SEC

On June 5, 1967, with Egyptian troops massed in the Sinai, Israel launched what's been called a war of self-defense. The conflict began when Israeli forces launched air strikes that destroyed much of Egypt's air power while it was still on the ground. Six days later, Israel had defeated the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria, and had captured territories that made the nation three times larger than it was when the war began. Social scientist Shibley Telhami and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi reflect on the conflict that continues to drive daily politics in the Middle East today. 

Guests:
Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland (@ShibleyTelhami)
Yossi Klein Halevi, Israel Correspondent, New Republic

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