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This year's Congressional and Senate elections may turn on whether the war on terror has made America safer or more vulnerable since September 11. Is the war in Iraq helping or hurting?  Is America hated because it’s free or because of its actions? We  hear from experts on terrorism and politics.  Also, the Army's new manual outlawing practices many have called "torture," and a male heir to the throne of Japan--the world's oldest monarchy.  Will that end the debate over female succession?

Making News President Bush's New Plan for Guantanamo Trials 5 MIN, 54 SEC

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that military tribunals violated both US and international law. Today, from the White House, President Bush asked Congress to approve a new strategy.  It's being reported that the CIA will turn over high-level prisoners to be tried in military tribunals.  Also today, the Army released a new manual outlawing practices many have called "torture."

Guests:
Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal (@julianbarnes )

Reporter's Notebook It's a Boy! Sigh of Relief in Japan? 8 MIN, 7 SEC

At the end of World War II, Japan's Emperor Hirohito surrendered to American forces.  Since then, Japan has become a thriving democracy, but the Imperial family, which dates to the 6th Century BC, remains as the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world. Today, a new heir was born--the first male in 41 years.  Will that end the debate about female succession?

Guests:
Takashi Fujitani, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego

Main Topic Terrorism and the November Midterm Elections 34 MIN, 28 SEC

National security was a Republican winner in the past two elections, but polls show that Americans are losing patience with the war in Iraq.  Even many conservative critics say the US is less safe than it was before September 11, and Democrats are on the offensive in November's election campaigns.  Can the Republicans turn it around by playing the terror card once again or are they risking a backlash? Is America hated because it's a free country or because of its actions? Is Iraq crucial to winning the war on terror or has it made the job harder? We hear from experts on terrorism and politics.

Guests:
Michael Scheuer, former Chief, CIA's Bin Laden Unit
Walid Phares, Director of the Future of Terrorism Project, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies'
Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Frank Newport, Gallup Poll (@gallup)

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