In New York, a Sex Scandal, and Sanctions against Iran
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Since yesterday's brief public apology, New York Governor Elliot Spitzer has been holed up in his 5th Avenue apartment. Will he resign or face impeachment? Then, will UN sanctions persuade Iran to slow down its nuclear program? Is Iran more interested in Iraq? Has Iran's long-running confrontation with the US turned into a new Cold War?
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New York Governor Spitzer Hanging onto Job, for Now ()
Republican leaders in Albany are threatening impeachment if Democratic Governor Elliot Spitzer doesn't resign in 48 hours. Assembly minority leader James Tedisco says he's already promised Republican support if Lt. Gov. David Paterson assumes the governorship. Paterson is a Democrat from Harlem who's legally blind. But Spitzer has his defenders, including Alan Dershowitz from Harvard Law School, where Spitzer served as his research assistant. The renowned constitutional scholar, who called the entire matter "overblown," said history "has proved that people can govern well during the day while acting as children and adolescents in the evening." Will sexual misconduct end a career that might have led to the White House?
- Jay Jochnowitz: State Editor, Albany Times Union
- Paul Callan: former New York City Prosecutor , @PaulCallan
- Brooke Masters: Senior Business Reporter, Financial Times
- Monica Langley: Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal
New UN Sanctions against Iran ()
Last week's UN Security Council vote to sanction Iran for nuclear development was just one vote short of unanimous. But the sanctions themselves were much weaker than the Bush Administration had wanted as proof that Iran is isolated from the international community. Will the sanctions against program help to isolate a major regional power? Is Iran more interested in what's happening next door in Iraq? Are the US and Iran engaged in what amounts to a Cold War in the Middle East?
- David Albright: Director, Institute for Science and International Security
- Selig Harrison: Director of the Asia Program, Center for International Policy
- Borzou Daragahi: Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @borzou
- Ray Takeyh: Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
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