Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is leading a final push for Mid-East peace next week in Annapolis. There are already harsh critics, but she has invited 49 participants and President Bush will personally try and create momentum for his proposed two-state solution. Even with expectations low, can Bush achieve a goal that has eluded every president before him? Also, GOP conservative Huckabee rises in the presidential polls. On Reporter's Notebook, can a fragmented movie capture the spirit of a fragmented artist like Bob Dylan? Jim Sterngold guest hosts.
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The first President Bush had Madrid. President Clinton had Oslo. Now President George Bush has Annapolis, his crash program to try and negotiate a permanent peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Many skeptics argue that Bush has ignored the problem too long or that peace can't be forced on the warring sides, but the White House refuses to back down from its goal of at least restarting the peace process. Although Middle East leaders have agreed to come to Maryland next week, nothing else is certain. It is not clear who will attend, how much support they will provide or how much room the leaders have for compromise. With just a year left in office, the President is struggling to make history against terrible odds.
Michael Hirsh, Politico Magazine (@michaelphirsh)
Bret Stephens, Foreign Affairs Columnist, Wall Street Journal
Akiva Eldar, Political Columnist, Ha'aretz
Sam Bahour, Palestinian-American political activist and businessman
The biopic has become a Hollywood staple, particularly about popular musicians. There have been Oscar-winning films on Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, following a familiar formula of drug-induced decline and redemption. None of those personalities have been as willfully mercurial as the bard, Bob Dylan. Director Todd Haynes has attempted to capture his essence by making not one film but many, using not one actor to play Dylan, but many. A.O. Scott, film critic for the New York Times, has more on the provocative I'm Not There.
A.O. Scott, Film Critic, New York Times
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