Barack, the Candidate, and Obama Mania
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With soaring rhetoric and adoring crowds, Barack Obama has now demonstrated support from all elements of the Democratic Party. The current front-runner is now under scrutiny as never before. Is he making promises he could never fulfill? Is he saying what Americans need to hear in the way they wan to hear it? Also, competing funerals in Beirut, and the US criticized China for creating space debris by destroying a satellite. Now it's reported that the US plans to shoot down one of its own.
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Two Rival Funerals in Beirut, Hezbollah Declares 'Open War' ()
There were two competing funerals today in Beirut, Lebanon. One, for former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, assassinated three years ago. The second, for Imad Mughnieh, the Hezbollah leader gunned down Tuesday in Damascus, Syria. Nicholas Blanford covered both of today's events for the Christian Science Monitor.
- Nicholas Blanford: Beirut Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
Barack Obama: The Phenomenon and the Candidate ()
With Barack Obama making inroads with every Democratic constituency, Time magazine is asking, "Is it Too Late for Hillary?" At the same time, the Economist, with a picture of Obama on next week's cover, asks, "But Could He Deliver?" Obama's appeal is based, in part, on race, rhetoric and the promise of national unity. What does he want to do on Iraq, the economy and other issues the next president will be faced with? Can he withstand the scrutiny that goes with his current front-runner status?
- Geoff Elliott: Washington Correspondent, The Australian
- Joel Stein: Columnist, Los Angeles Times, @thejoelstein
- Rosalind Byrd-Leszczuk: Mother of Los Angeles Times columnist, Joel Stein
- Mathew Littman: Senior Advisor to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama
- James Pethokoukis: Assistant Managing Editor of 'Money & Business,' US News and World Report, @jimpethokoukis
US Decides to Shoot Down a Deaf Spy Satellite ()
Two weeks ago, we heard that a broken American spy satellite had fallen out of orbit and was scheduled to strike the Earth early next month. Little danger to humans was predicted. Today, it appears that the Pentagon plans to shoot it down before it reaches the Earth's atmosphere. John Pike is director of the defense research group Global Security.
- John Pike: Director, GlobalSecurity.org
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