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FROM THIS EPISODE
President Obama is on the verge of a momentous decision: should he agree to General Stanley McChrystal's request for some 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan? After a week of strategy sessions, today's New York Times says the President is "impatient."
Peter Baker, New York Times (@peterbakernyt)
Thomas Ricks, Center for a New American Security
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)
Selig Harrison, Center for International Policy
The Santa Monica Outlook closed ten years ago after serving the city for a hundred years. In its place, news is being provided by the Daily Press, the Mirror and the Lookout News, all examples of what's called "hyperlocal journalism."
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