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The late President Gerald Ford was remembered today by official Washington.  We hear about the funeral and get several views on Ford's legacy and the White House staff that included Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. Plus, more about the videotape of Saddam Hussein's execution and reaction in the Muslim world.

Producers:
Dan Konecky
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Saddam's Execution Raises Questions 5 MIN, 31 SEC

Saddam Hussein's execution was supposed to be a formal and solemn affair, but guards charged with keeping order chanted Shiite slogans and exchanged insults with the former head of state. Today, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered an investigation into the taunting of Hussein before his execution as well as into how videotape was released to the world.  We hear more about the reaction to those sounds and images.

Guests:
Edmund Ghareeb, Professor of Middle East History and Politics, American University

Main Topic The Political Legacy of Gerald Ford 37 MIN, 37 SEC

The man who is often called "the accidental president" was eulogized today by official Washington. Gerald R. Ford, who died a week ago at the age of 93, was appointed Vice President when Spiro Agnew stepped down in the midst of a scandal.  Ford became President when Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 to avoid impeachment. After two and a half years, he was defeated by Jimmy Carter in 1976.  How did a "creature of Congress" handle executive power in a time of crisis? What are the legacies of Ford himself and the White House staff that included Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney?

Guests:
Thomas DeFrank, Washington Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News
David Gergen, Former aide to President Bill Clinton
Kenneth Adelman, Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Ford Administration
Allan Lichtman, American University
John Mueller, Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University

Making News Iraq to Investigate Hussein Video 6 MIN, 12 SEC

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reportedly wanted to hasten the execution of Saddam Hussein.  Today, al-Maliki ordered an investigation into which witnesses taunted Saddam before he died and who leaked cell-phone video to the Internet and the media.

Guests:
Marc Santora, New York Times (@MarcSantoraNYT)

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