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Can an Evangelical Christian Unite America?

Former Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee leads Mitt Romney in Iowa, and in national polls, he's catching up to Rudy Giuliani. Is it a real surge or a reflection of a weak field in the Republican Party? What was Huckabee like as Governor of Arkansas? Also, difficulties in Bali and Washington over emissions and energy, and big names are being linked to steroids and performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. Will there be consequences?


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Difficulties in Bali and Washington over Emissions and Energy ()

At the Global Warming Conference in Bali, Indonesia, there is growing frustration with the United States.  The European Union is threatening to boycott talks on global warming set by the Bush Administration for next month in Hawaii. Eileen Claussen is president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

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The Sudden Impact of Mike Huckabee ()

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is an ordained Baptist minister who still delivers sermons full of Old Testament stories and New Testament fire. The Baptist preacher tells reporters he wants the Rolling Stones for his inaugural ball. He also wants to abolish Social Security, Medicare and the IRS. Huckabee has spent $400,000 in Iowa; Mitt Romney has spent $7 million. Despite his shoestring campaign against millionaires and household names, he's now leading among Republican presidential candidates—in Iowa and in national polls. Huckabee says it's divine intervention. Others suggest that Republicans aren't satisfied with their other options. Is it for real or is Huckabee just the latest front-runner in a party that hasn't made up its mind?

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Senator George Mitchell's Report on Steroids in Baseball ()

Advance word was that 80 Major League Baseball players would be linked to drug use by name in today's long-awaited report from former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.  Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appointed Mitchell to investigate the use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs by players. When Mitchell unveiled his report, he said that he'd invited each player named in the report to respond to allegations, but that they'd all declined. Tom Verducci is Senior Baseball writer for Sports Illustrated.

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