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Saddam Hussein has gone to his grave.  What secrets died with him?  We hear about the ongoing search for mass graves, big money and the degree of western support for Saddam's war with Iran and atrocities against his own people.  Plus, a lame-duck President calls for bipartisanship, and religious diversity on Captiol Hill.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Dan Konecky

Making News Bush Outlines Legislative Agenda, Calls for Bipartisanship 5 MIN, 55 SEC

In today's Wall Street Journal, a column under the byline of George W. Bush reminds readers that his presidency still has two years to go. He calls on Democrats in Congress to deal with what he calls, "complex problems that many don't expect us to tackle."  Today in the White House Rose Garden, he repeated another demand: that Congress end the secretive process of earmarking.

Reporter's Notebook Religious Diversity in 110th Congress 8 MIN, 21 SEC

Keith Ellison of Minnesota is now well known as the first Muslim elected to Congress.  Despite some complaints, he'll take the oath tomorrow on the Koran.  Less well known is the growing religious diversity of Congress as a whole. The House of Representatives will also seat its first two Buddhists—Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Hank Johnson of Georgia, an index of how Congress is changing. 

Guests:
Jonathan Tilove, Washington Reporter, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Albert J. Menendez, Writer and researcher for Voice of Reason

Main Topic The Lost Secrets of Saddam Hussein 34 MIN, 41 SEC

The Iraqi government says it's interrogating the person whose cell-phone pictures of the execution of Saddam Hussein found their way to TV and the Internet. While there's still controversy over the execution, but the consequences of Hussein's death go beyond disputes about the way he was killed. Billions of dollars are missing, mass graves are still uncovered, and countless victims will never see a murderer held to account.  We look at the history of atrocities and the mysteries that Saddam took to his grave. How much help did he get from western governments and corporations? Will Iraq's current leaders pursue those questions or let them go unanswered?

Guests:
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )
Joost Hiltermann, Middle East Deputy Program Director, International Crisis Group
Hanny Megally, Director of the Mid-East & North Africa Program, International Center for Transitional Justice
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Director, El Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies

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