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South Carolina's a red state, but that's where the eight Democratic candidates for president got together last night. They held forth on Iraq, healthcare and other issues and tried to look presidential. We get assessments from across the spectrum of party opinion. Also, Saudi Arabia arrests 172 people it claims are Islamic militants and, on Reporter's Notebook, will former CIA Director George Tenet's new book reveal what the public needs to know?
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Saudis Arrest 172 Terrorists from Seven Separate Cells ()
Saudi Arabia has arrested 172 people it calls Islamic militants, some of whom trained to fly aircraft in attacks on the country's vast oil fields and other targets. The Saudi government says that "all that remained was to set the zero hour." Rasheed Abou -Alsamh is editor at the English language paper Arab News in Jiddah.
- Rasheed Abou-Alsamh: Editor of the Arab News
Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate in South Carolina ()
Last night, on the campus of a historically black institution, South Carolina State University, all the Democratic candidates met for the first time. Results of the debate in this very Republican state, whose primary will be held fourth in next year's election process, could be a bell weather, especially for the voting patterns of African American Democrats. Each of the eight candidates got 11 minutes in total during an hour and a half of one-minute answers to questions on complex issues. For the most part, they were nice to each other, tough on President Bush and really angry about the war in Iraq. Are Clinton, Obama and Edwards still the top three? Did any "second tier" candidates distinguish themselves? We hear from across the Democratic political spectrum.
- Lee Bandy: Political Columnist for The State
- John Zogby: President and CEO of Zogby International
- Eli Pariser: Director of the political arm of MoveOn.org, @elipariser
- Mickey Kaus: Columnist for Slate, @kausmickey
- Kim Gandy: President of the National Organization for Women
George Tenet's New Story, Book on Iraq ()
At the Center of the Storm won't be published until Monday, but it's has already been written up in today's New York Times, and CBS has released excerpts of George Tenet's interview on 60 Minutes this Sunday. In Plan of Attack, Tenent was quoted as saying the case that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction was a "slam dunk." That's been proved untrue, but administration supporters used the quote to hold the former CIA director responsible for bad intelligence. Now, he's speaking out bitterly about the leak of his comment to Bob Woodward its impact on his career. Has Tenet revealed what the public needs to know? We hear from skeptic David Corn of The Nation.
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