- Making News: Najaf Peace Deal Reached
At the Shrine of Imam Ali, Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered his forces to give up their arms, and at least some of them have. That-s part of the peace agreement brokered by the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and agreed to by the US and Iraq-s interim government. Scott Baldauf, who has returned to Baghdad from Najaf for the Christian Science Monitor, says the peace deal has produced both relief and sadness.
- Reporter's Notebook: Is the Electorate Really Polarized?
The latest polls show Americans almost equally divided between George Bush and John Kerry, with few potential voters undecided. That-s true nationally as well as in the so-called -battleground states.- While conventional wisdom says it reflects the -polarization- of America, Stanford University political scientist Morris Fiorina claims just the opposite in Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America, which blames the activists, elected officials and pundits.
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