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Republicans and Democrats find different messages in the National Intelligence Estimate partly declassified by President Bush. What does it say about the war in Iraq and the war on terror?  What are the implications for the November elections?  Does the Estimate provide any guidance for what to do next in Iraq?  Also, the bullish stock market, and the cancellation of a work by Mozart by Berlin’s German Opera company. Is fear of Islamic extremism curtailing free speech? 

Vanessa Romo
Dan Konecky
Frances Anderton

Making News Bullish Market Pushes Dow toward Record 5 MIN, 57 SEC

The stock market is taking a lot of Wall Street regulars by surprise. Instead of declining in recent weeks, as some had predicted, the Down Jones Industrial Average is close to its highest finish on record. Will it break 12,000?

E.S. "Jim" Browning, Wall Street Journal (@WSJ)

Main Topic Is Iraq Helping or Hurting the War on Terror? 34 MIN, 14 SEC

President Bush has declassified about 3 pages of a 30-page National Intelligence Estimate saying the Iraq war is a “cause celebre” that has has helped produce a new generation of Islamic radicals and increased the threat of terrorism. It also says that if the jihadists appear to have lost in Iraq, fewer will be inspired to keep fighting.  The President says selected portions of the NIE were leaked to reporters for political reasons. We hear how Democrats and Republicans are interpreting the report less than six weeks before the November elections.  Different parties drew different conclusions about how to proceed in Iraq.  Is President Bush right that the US is winning?”  Is it time to pull out?  Are there any good options left?

Mark Mazzetti, New York Times (@MarkMazzettiNYT)
Joe Wilson, US House of Representatives
Jane Harman, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (@TheWilsonCenter)
Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund (@Cirincione)
Justine A. Rosenthal, Director of the Council on Global Terrorism

Reporter's Notebook Cancellation of 'Idomeneo' Enrages Germans 8 MIN, 55 SEC

One of the "key judgments" of the partly declassified National Intelligence Estimate is that “jihadists regard Europe as an important venue for attacking Western interests.” But Berlin's opera company has sparked bitter controversy by canceling an opera which might be offensive to Muslims. In Idomeneo, Mozart suggests that religion – any religion -- can produce superstition and inhumanity.

Kristiana Peitz, Editor of the Culture Department for Der Tagesspiegel


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