Mitt Romney and His Mormon Faith
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Mitt Romney is a front-running Republican candidate for
president - and a practicing Mormon. 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? Also, President Bush nominates Robert
Zoellick to replace Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank and, on Reporter's
Notebook, the ethics of interrogation.
The government's own advisers argue that harsh techniques are immoral
and unreliable. Sara Terry guest hosts.
Robert Zoellick Nominated to Head the World Bank ()
President Bush today announced his choice to replace World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. He tapped his former trade chief, Robert Zoellick. Wolfowitz steps down June 30 after a scandal involving a compensation package for his girlfriend, a controversy that has left the bank in turmoil. Krishna Guha of Financial Times has the latest.
- Krishna Guha: Chief US Correspondent for the Financial Times
The Public Debate and Private Beliefs of Presidential Candidates ()
John F. Kennedy supposedly answered "the religion question" 47 years ago with his successful run for the presidency. Today, the religion question has come up again, only this time the candidate isn't a Catholic. Mitt Romney is a front-runner in the Republican field and a practicing Mormon whose religious beliefs are facing increasing examination. What role will religion play in the race? Can Romney overcome apprehensions about his religion? Will conservative Christian leaders endorse him? Is it fair to judge a politician's public performance on his personal beliefs, beliefs that are outside the cultural mainstream?
- Dan Gilgoff: Senior Editor of US News & World Report, @dangilgoffCNN
- Alex Beam: Columnist for the Boston Globe
- Richard Bushman: Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University
- Richard Cizik: VP for Governmental Affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals
Bush Commission Criticizes Its Interrogation Techniques ()
A group of psychologists and experts, commissioned by the government's Intelligence Service Board, have advised US intelligence agencies that the harsh interrogation techniques used since 9/11 are outmoded, amateurish and unreliable, and need to be revised, using lessons from many fields. Their comments come at a time of increasing debate over the morality of such tactics. Stephen Soldz of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis has been involved in the role of psychologists in abusive interrogations.
- Stephen Soldz: Psychoanalyst at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
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