Presidential Politics in a Time of Transition
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Tonight, President Bush will deliver his final speech on the State of the Union. Tomorrow it's Florida for the Republicans. Next week, for both parties, it's Super Tuesday in more than 20 states around the country. As we preview those events, we also get a report on how Americans feel about the nation's place in the world and its ability to control its own destiny. Also, Senator Kennedy endorses Barack Obama, and a big American spy satellite has lost power and it could hit the Earth in the next few weeks. We hear what that could mean.
In a Blow to Clinton, Ted Kennedy Endorses Obama ()
Senator Edward Kennedy is a mainstay of the liberal Democratic establishment, but today he gave his endorsement to the self-styled "outsider," first-term Senator Barack Obama. He was introduced by his niece, Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President John Kennedy, at American University in Washington. Susan Milligan reports from Washington for the Boston Globe.
- Susan Milligan: Reporter, Boston Globe
South Carolina, Florida and the State of the Union ()
President Bush will deliver his last State of the Union address tonight, trying to be heard over the din of the presidential campaigns. With his approval ratings down in the thirties and the Democrats running Congress, we get a preview of what he plans for his final year in office. Also, after South Carolina, are the Democrats any closer to deciding their nominee? Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have won two states apiece. Next Tuesday, they'll face off in 22 primaries and caucuses around the country. We hear from both campaigns. Will Ted Kennedy's endorsement make a big difference? On the Republican side, tomorrow's Florida primary has become a nasty confrontation between McCain and Romney. Can Giuliani survive?
- Harold Ickes: Veteran Democratic Strategist
- Bill Bradley: former Senator (D-NJ)
- Richard Shenkman: Presidential Historian, George Mason University
- Susan MacManus: Professor of Political Science, University of South Florida
Out of Reach and Gas, Spy Satellite Starts Fall to Earth ()
A spy satellite which could contain hazardous materials is out of control, but the National Security Council says "appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation." Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, analyzes the space program and blogs about it on Jonathan's Space Report.
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