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The Iraq Study Group says Iraq is in danger of "chaos," "anarchy" and "collapse." It proposes dramatic changes that may be difficult for President Bush to accept. We hear the early White House response and debate the recommendations. Then, by banning trans fats in restaurants, will New York City change the way America eats?

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Vanessa Romo

Main Topic Iraq Study Group Releases Report 41 MIN, 10 SEC

All ten members of the bipartisan panel say Iraq is sliding toward chaos, but that all is not lost. They recommend some dramatic changes, including moves President Bush has resisted, such as direct diplomacy with Iran. They want the primary mission of US forces to be training Iraqi troops, so that American combat soldiers can be withdrawn.  They put a heavy burden on the Iraqis themselves to restore order and government services. Have they provided a "better way" to accomplish the President's goals or a formula for the "graceful exit" he's already rejected? We get details of the Iraq Study Group's recommendations and debate their merits.

Guests:
Michael Duffy, Assistant Managing Editor, Time magazine
Ralph Peters, Retired US Army Intelligence Officer
Chris Toensing, Executive Director of the Middle East Research and Information Project
Steven Kull, University of Maryland's Center on Policy Attitudes
Fawaz Gerges, London School of Economics and Politics

Reporter's Notebook Artery-Clogging Trans Fat Banned in NYC Restaurants 7 MIN, 59 SEC

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg scored a big victory when the Board of Health voted to phase out almost all trans fat in restaurant cooking. Banned are all but tiny amounts of trans fat in all restaurants, from McDonald's to the trendiest bistros. Health advocates see a model for the rest of the country, but restaurant owners say their customers won't like it. Across the country, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy says a national standard's been set and that other communities will follow suit.

Guests:
Thomas Lueck, Reporter for the New York Times

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