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The Bush administration is in a race with time and Iraqi insurgents, who want to stop the orderly transfer of power now scheduled for mid-summer. This weekend-s double suicide bombing brought terrorism and chaos to the Kurdish North and may create a new obstacle to unifying the country. Meantime, In the South, massive street demonstrations have raised the prospect of tyranny by the majority Shiites, who are demanding direct elections. With just three weeks until the deadline for an interim constitution, can Iraq-s diverse populations be reconciled? Will the US get any help from the United Nations? We update America-s race against time and the violence that threatens an orderly process with journalists, a professor of modern Middle Eastern history, a former US ambassador, and the US representative of one of the Kurdish parties that were bombed this weekend.
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Senator Bill Frist

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Ricin

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Remarks by Bush, Annan on Iraq meeting

Coalition Provisional Authority

Shadid's recent article on debate over Iraq's interim constitution

Janet Jackson's apology for Super Bowl stunt

FCC to open investigation on Super Bowl half-time show

FCC on obscene and indecent broadcasts

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