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George Bush today publicly recognized the Dalai Lama despite China's official outrage. During 50 years of repression, the religious leader has preached non-violence to the Tibetan people. Will new Chinese investment improve their lot or cement Chinese control of a region that's no longer remote. Also, Turkey approves military action against separatist Kurds in Iraq, and Michael Mukasey—named to be the next US Attorney General—has told Senators of both parties what they wanted to hear.

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Making News Turkey's Parliament Authorizes Military Incursion into Iraq 6 MIN, 2 SEC

The Turkish parliament today gave the government permission for military action against separatist Kurds in northern Iraq. The action came moments after President Bush's press conference, during which he stressed that "there's a better way to deal with the issue than having the Turks send massive troops into the country." Scott Peterson is Istanbul Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor.

Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor (@peterson__scott)

Main Topic Unprecedented Recognition for the Dalai Lama 6 MIN, 2 SEC

The Dalai Lama is receiving the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor today, America's top civilian award, and George Bush is in attendance. It's the first time a sitting American president has publicly recognized the Buddhist icon since he fled China's takeover of Tibet. China calls him a supporter of "evil cults," and regards his continued popularity in Tibet as a threat to its territorial sovereignty. During 50 years of brutality and intimidation, the Dalai Lama has counseled non-violence. Will massive new development and a new railroad improve the lives of Tibetans or accelerate the takeover by ethnic Chinese?

David Lampton, Director of China Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Robert Barnett, Director of Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University (@robbiebarnett)
David Jones, Foreign Editor, Washington Times

Reporter's Notebook Mukasey on Cruise Control in Confirmation Hearings 8 MIN, 51 SEC

Senators today questioned former judge Michael Mukasey, President Bush's choice to become Attorney General of the United States. They were looking for differences between Mukasey and Alberto Gonzales, who resigned under the pressure of relentless controversy. The issues explored included interrogation techniques, conversations with political figures about pending cases and a willingness to resign if the president ignores legal or ethical problems about his policies. Keith Perine covers legal affairs for Congressional Quarterly magazine.

Keith Perine, Legal Affairs Reporter, Congressional Quarterly

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