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As the White House and Congress grapple over immigration reform, local towns and cities dramatize the nation's divisions.  There's "zero tolerance" in one place and a welcome mat in another.  Is illegal immigration both a burden and a blessing? Also, a suicide bomber strikes inside Baghdad's Green Zone and, on Reporter's Notebook, Don Imus and words that offend, depending on who's using them.

Producers:
Dan Konecky
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Making News Suicide Bomb Hits Iraq's Green Zone, Baghdad Bridge 6 MIN

There was a breach of security in one of the world's most heavily guarded enclaves today when a suicide bomber struck inside Baghdad's Green Zone, where the Iraqi government is housed.  Eight were killed, including three members of the Iraqi parliament. President strongly condemned the action, saying it "reminds us that there is an enemy willing to bomb innocent people in a symbol of democracy." Brian Bennett is in Baghdad for Time magazine.

Guests:
Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times (@bybrianbennett)

Main Topic Is Illegal Immigration a Burden or a Blessing? 34 MIN, 58 SEC

The President's latest proposal for immigration reform now includes stepped up border security and tamper-proof ID cards for guest workers.  But the road to legal status and citizenship for illegal immigrants still bothers members of both parties--especially Republicans.  With immigration reform seemingly stalled this year on Capitol Hill, cities and towns around the country are finding their own ways of dealing with newcomers.  We hear about "zero tolerance," with fines for employers and landlords of undocumented workers, and about places revitalized by illegal immigrants, who are opening stores, paying taxes and cooperating with local police.

Guests:
Lou Barletta, Mayor of Hazelton, Pennsylvania
Robert Patten, Mayor of Hightstown, New Jersey
Terry Ross, Editor, Yuma Sun
Gillian Gaynair, Reporter for the Virginian Pilot
Elizabeth Fussell, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tulane University
Shannon O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations (@shannonkoneil)

Reporter's Notebook Is Black Pop Culture to Blame? 8 MIN, 10 SEC

Radio "shock jock" Don Imus won't be simulcast by MSNBC any more.  CBS radio will suspend him for two weeks starting Monday, giving him time to meet with the Rutgers women's basketball team, the group he referred to as "nappy-headed ho's."  Imus did not invent the phrase that brought him so much trouble.  Will whatever happens to him make a difference? John Ridley is a screenwriter and a frequent commentator on National Public Radio.

Guests:
John Ridley, writer, director and novelist (@John_Ridley)

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