- Making News: Condoleezza Rice Begins Confirmation Hearings
Today, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Condoleezza Rice declared -the time for diplomacy is now.- Senator Joe Biden countered that the time was long overdue. Are Democrats using the Secretary of State nominee's confirmation hearings to vent their frustrations with the Bush Administration or are we learning more about Rice-s global views? Richard Wolffe is senior White House correspondent for Newsweek magazine.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Airbus Unveils World-s Largest Commercial Airplane
Flying the friendly skies is about to get much friendlier or, at least there will be a lot more people on board to get friendly with. Today, in France, the Airbus 380 was unveiled, a long-awaited plane which will be able to carry 840 passengers on two decks. Jim Asker, managing editor of Aviation Week and Space Technology has more on this aviation breakthrough, including skepticism within the airline industry.
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An article in the current issue of The New Yorker magazine has raised questions about whether the Bush Administration has launched covert military intelligence-gathering operations in Iran. The article by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh lays out some fundamental restructuring of the way intelligence operations are carried out. Early in his first term, President Bush designated Iran as part of the Axis of Evil in his global war on terrorism. Is the Pentagon trying to side-step Congressional oversight? What role is the CIA playing? What are the implications of any such US actions for long-term stability in the volatile Middle East? Guest host Sara Terry explores this possible next stop in the war on terror with Middle East scholars, human rights advocates, former Defense Department officials and Pulitzer Prize winning investigative author Seymour Hersh.