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John McCain has solidified his lead, but he's not yet the face of the Republican Party.  Hillary Clinton won the big states, but Barack Obama may have more delegates to the Democratic convention.  We discuss yesterday's results and tomorrow's campaigning.  Also, the American South is hit by another natural disaster, and the White House breaks its silence on "waterboarding," saying it is legal, and might be used again.


Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton

Making News At Least 48 Killed as Storms Slam Southern Region 6 MIN, 13 SEC

The American South has been hit by another natural disaster. Tornados wreaked havoc overnight in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. The death toll has risen to 48 and is likely to go higher. Today, President Bush promised assistance. Nick Beadle reports for the Jackson Sun in Jackson, Tennessee.

Guests:
Nick Beadle, Reporter, Jackson Sun

Reporter's Notebook The White House Defends Its Use of Waterboarding 9 MIN, 28 SEC

interrogators.jpgYesterday, after years of refusing to comment directly, CIA Director Michael Hayden told a Senate committee that "waterboarding" was used on three terrorist suspects after September 11, when it was thought another attack might be imminent. Today, the Bush White House said for the first time that the practice is not torture and could be used again under certain specific conditions. Such simulated drowning, an interrogation technique traced back to the Spanish Inquisition, is condemned as "torture" by nations around the world. Greg Miller of the Los Angeles Times is the only American reporter granted access to the US interrogators in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Guests:
Greg Miller, Washington Post (@gregpmiller)

The Interrogators

Greg Miller and Chris Mackey

Main Topic Lots of Votes but No Decisions 33 MIN, 30 SEC

Forget about those "decisive results" predicted for both parties just a few weeks ago.  Super Tuesday leaves the two remaining Democrats virtually tied and Republicans sharply divided over their leading candidate. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton may have to battle until May in Pennsylvania or even beyond. On the Republican side, Mitt Romney's in trouble and Mike Huckabee's come on strong. Although John McCain is the leader, he has a fight on his hands for his party's conservative base. We survey the wreckage from the first, real "national primary" and look at an uncertain political future.

Guests:
Gary Langer, ABC News (@LangerResearch)
Ben Smith, Politico.com
William Mayer, Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University
Patrick Ruffini, New-Media consultant, Rudolph Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign

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