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With Hillary Clinton out—at least for the moment--it's down to McCain and Obama. We hear how the November campaign shapes up—and what role Clinton still might be playing. Also, a growing economic malaise as oil and gas continue to rise. On Reporter’s Notebook, as President Bush returns to Slovenia, can the former Yugoslavia be integrated with the rest of Europe? What about Kosovo?
Economic Malaise Grows as Oil and Gas Continue to Rise ()
Global financial markets were still in shock when they opened today after Friday's huge jump in oil prices and the big Wall Street decline. Yesterday, the average price of gasoline in the US hit $4 a gallon. The big fear is a "vicious cycle," according to Tom Petruno, financial writer and columnist at the Los Angeles Times.
- Tom Petruno: Business Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Democrats Shift Focus to the General Election ()
John McCain and Barack Obama are the last official candidates in the presidential campaign. They're raising money today and talking about the economy. Hillary Clinton has "suspended" her effort and endorsed Obama, but nobody knows what role she'll play between now and November. We look at the challenges for Obama, a first-term Senator trying to define himself against a veteran of politics and the military. Would it help him if Clinton were on the ticket? Can the "veteran" McCain advocate change and avoid looking like old news?
- Liz Halloran: Senior Editor, US News and World Report
- John Dickerson: Chief Political Correspondent, Slate.com
- Allida Black: Co-Founder, WomenCountPAC
- Carroll Doherty: Associate Director, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, @CarrollDoherty
- Dana Milbank: National Political Reporter, Washington Post, @Milbank
Bush Lands in Slovenia for EU Summit ()
President Bush has reached the farewell stage of his presidency. In coming months, he'll visit Japan, the Beijing Olympics, Germany, Italy, France, England and Northern Ireland. Today he's in Slovenia, part of what used to be Yugoslavia, and the site for this year's annual summit of the US and European Union. It was in here where he first met Vladimir Putin and famously said, "I looked the man in the eye...was able to get a sense of his soul...and found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy." The Economist's Tim Judah is author of the forthcoming Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know.
- Tim Judah: Balkans Correspondent, The Economist
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