Bush's New Way Forward or More of the Same?
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President Bush says success in Iraq will allow some troops to come home. Critics—including some Republicans—call it "staying the course" all over again. We look at last night's speech and today's reaction from Washington to Baghdad. What about the presidential campaign? On Reporter's Notebook, San Francisco's become the first American city to tackle healthcare reform.
President Bush Reinforces His Theme of Progress in Iraq ()
President Bush had lunch today at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia. Then he made brief remarks about last night's speech, which he said was based on the conclusions of General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. Michael Tackett is senior correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.
- Michael Tackett: Senior Correspondent for the Chicago Tribune
A New Strategy or More of the Same? ()
After last night's prime-time address, President Bush today went to the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia, pushing what he calls "Return on Success." For the first time since the occupation began, he's saying that success may allow some troops to come home, but he's still not using the term "withdrawal." He's also saying American forces will remain in Iraq beyond his presidency. In drawing a distinction between "those who believe success in Iraq is essential to our security" and "those who believe we should bring our troops home," did the President redefine America's mission? Did he reach enough skeptical Republicans to prevent Democrats from forcing change? What about public opinion and the impact on the presidential campaign?
- Andrew Kohut: President of the Pew Research Center, @pewresearch
- Ron Brownstein: National Political Reporter for the Los Angeles Times, @RonBrownstein
- Alissa Johannsen Rubin: Baghdad Deputy Bureau Chief, New York Times, @alissanyt
- Fawaz Gerges: Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College
San Francisco Becomes First US City to Guarantee Healthcare ()
San Francisco is "different" from other American cities in many ways. Its population of 750,000 lives in a compact area, city and county governments are one and the same, and the political culture is unique. Now, San Francisco is different in a new way. It's the first American city to promise healthcare for all its residents—whether or not they are citizens. "Healthy San Francisco" began as a pilot program in Chinatown two months ago. On Monday, it will spread to 20 locations citywide. The hope is to provide free healthcare to 82,000 people without health insurance--without raising taxes. Supervisor Tom Ammiano is the sponsor of the plan.
- Tom Ammiano: San Francisco County Supervisor
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