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McCain and Obama today went head to head on Iraq and Afghanistan. We hear about the "surge" and a timetable for troop withdrawals. Is the Iraq war a distraction from terrorist threats in another part of the world? Also, President Bush and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke address the economy, and dogs and cats are being treated pharmaceutically for mental illness. Owners can now buy beef-flavored Prozac for nervous dogs. 

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Iraq, Afghanistan the the Presidential Candidates 35 MIN, 53 SEC

With a new poll showing Americans split down the middle on what to do in Iraq, John McCain and Barack Obama went point-counterpoint today on Iraq, Afghanistan and America's role in the world. Obama defended his timetable for troop withdrawal, listing the strain on the military, the worsening situation in Afghanistan and the failure of Iraqi politicians to resolve their differences as proof that the surge did not accomplish what it was supposed to. McCain had a scornful rejoinder, accusing Obama of losing one war while trying to win another. Has Obama adjusted his policies because the surge has reduced violence? Is McCain pursuing "victory" in an unwinnable war? We ask those questions and get some perspective from an Iraqi point of view.

Guests:
Gary Langer, ABC News (@LangerResearch)
Michael Crowley, Time magazine (@CrowleyTIME)
Jim Hanson, former counter-insurgent operator, US Special forces
William Arkin, Online Columnist, Washington Post
Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress Action Fund (@LarryKorb)
Nazar Janabi, former official, Iraqi Ministry of Defense

Making News Bush and Bernanke Talk about the Economy 5 MIN, 48 SEC

President Bush said today these are tough times, but the economy's not as bad as some people think it is. David Lightman, White House correspondent for the McClatchy Newspapers, was at the President's news conference.

Guests:
David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers (@LightmanDavid)

Reporter's Notebook Pill-Popping Pets 7 MIN, 11 SEC

More and more people are telling their pets, "Get happy or face euthanasia." Now there's Reconcile, a canine version of Prozac that tastes like beef. Drugs for animal neurosis might sound like a joke, but maybe dogs and cats really do have treatable mental illness. This week's New York Times Magazine featured an article headlined "Pill-Popping Pets," which begins with Max, a three-year old German Shepherd who's being diagnosed and treated for compulsive disorder. The author is James Vlahos.

Guests:
James Vlahos, freelance writer

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