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President Bush is finally trying to broker peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Their leaders have agreed to come to Annapolis next week but nothing else is certain. Also tonight, Ramen noodles, popcorn, and candy bars are being given to the homeless on Skid row in exchange for signatures on ballot measures.
 Jim Sterngold guest hosts.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Can President Bush Bring Peace to a Scarred Holy Land? 19 MIN, 36 SEC

The first President Bush had Madrid. President Clinton had Oslo. Now President George Bush has Annapolis, his crash program to try and negotiate a permanent peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Many skeptics argue that Bush has ignored the problem too long or that peace can't be forced on the warring sides, but the White House refuses to back down from its goal of at least restarting the peace process. Although Middle East leaders have agreed to come to Maryland next week, nothing else is certain. It is not clear who will attend, how much support they will provide or how much room the leaders have for compromise. With just a year left in office, the President is struggling to make history against terrible odds.

Guests:
Michael Hirsh, National Journal (@michaelphirsh)
Bret Stephens, Foreign Affairs Columnist, Wall Street Journal
Akiva Eldar, Political Columnist, Ha'aretz
Sam Bahour, Palestinian-American political activist and businessman

Making News Candy Bars in Exchange for Signatures on Ballot Measures 6 MIN, 49 SEC

Signature gatherers for state ballot initiatives are reportedly giving candy bars to homeless people in exchange for their signatures on petitions.  One of those initiatives is a highly contested proposal to change how California apportions its electoral votes in the presidential race.  Opponents of that initiative are calling on City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to investigate.

Guests:
Evan George, Senior Producer, To the Point/Which Way, LA? (@evanlgeorge)

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