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Nearly forty-seven years after John F. Kennedy tackled the religion question in his successful bid for the presidency, a candidate’s religion is once again emerging as a significant campaign issue. Can Republican Mitt Romney make voters comfortable with the fact that he’s a practicing mormon? On Reporter’s Notebook, how NOT to ask questions. Sara Terry guest hosts. Photo Credit: Eric Rowley/Stringer / Getty Images News

Producers:
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Should the Private Beliefs of Candidates be Subject to Public Debate? 30 MIN, 33 SEC
Critics are taking a close look at the mormon religion and questioning its doctrines. Should a candidate’s private beliefs be used as a measure to determine performance in public office? Will Romney’s religion be an obstacle as he tries to woo the Christian right?

Guests:
Dan Gilgoff, CNN (@dangilgoffCNN)
Alex Beam, Columnist for the Boston Globe
Richard Bushman, Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University
Richard Cizik, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good

Making News Kobe Wants 'Out' of L.A. 5 MIN, 13 SEC
Yesterday he called the front office of the Los Angeles Lakers a 'mess'. Today, Kobe Bryant says he wants out.

Guests:
Vincent Bonsignore, Assistant Sports Editor, LA Daily News

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