Iran, the Bomb and American Policy
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned that the US does not have long-range plans in case Iran develops the capacity to build a nuclear bomb. Gates denies that it was a "wake-up call." So, what was he up to? What are the options? Also, President Obama meets with senators on Supreme Court picks, and Americans now say that US-made cars are better than foreign ones. The margin is small, but the turnaround is dramatic. What does it means for Ford, Chrysler and General Motors?
Banner image: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech at the opening session of a two-day nuclear disarmament conference hosted by Tehran on April 17, 2010. Photo: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
Obama Meets with Senate Leaders on Supreme Court Picks ()
At a White House meeting with Senators from both parties, President Obama today predicted a "smooth, civil, thoughtful" process for replacing retiring US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Asked if he'd nominate anyone who did not support a woman's right to choose an abortion, Obama said there is no litmus test. Joan Biskupic reports on the court for USA Today and has written biographies of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and current Justice Antonin Scalia.
- Joan Biskupic: Legal Affairs Correspondent, USA Today
Dissecting the Iran Memo ()
Diplomacy's at a standstill, so President Obama is pushing for UN sanctions to prevent Iran from learning how to build an atomic bomb. What if that doesn't work? In a secret three-page memo leaked to the New York Times, Defense Secretary Robert Gates himself says there is no plan, no effective long-range policy. Would sanctions impacting the whole population turn Iranians against their Islamic leaders? Are there other ways to accomplish regime change? If the US can't take military action, what about Israel? Is there any realistic alternative to living with an Iran that has mastered nuclear technology?
- David Sanger: Washington Correspondent, New York Times, @SangerNYT
- Tony Karon: Senior Editor, Time magazine, @TonyKaron
- Michael Rubin: Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, @mrubin1971
- Trita Parsi: President, National Iranian American Council, @tparsi
Is the US Auto Industry Finally Beginning to Roll? ()
In 2006, Americans told Associated Press and AOL pollsters that Japanese automobiles were better than US-made cars by a margin of 46 to 29%. Last month, they preferred domestic makers 38% to 33%. Chrysler's still losing money, but claims it'll break even in 2010; General Motors needed $50 billion in federal money last year, but has paid off $6.7 billion ahead of schedule; and Ford never took any federal money at all. Is Detroit making a comeback? Greg Gardner covers the auto industry for the Detroit Free Press.
- Greg Gardner: Reporter, Detroit Free Press
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