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MoveOn.org called Army General David Patraeus "General BetrayUs." Rush Limbaugh called Nebraska's decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel, "Senator BetrayUs." We talk about name calling, presidential politics and the war in Iraq. Also, the United Auto Workers and General Motors have a new contract. Will it make them more competitive on the world market? On Reporter's Notebook, the world learns of a crackdown on peaceful protesters in isolated Burma with help from the Internet.

Making News GM and UAW Have a New Contract Agreement 5 MIN, 55 SEC

One day after 73,000 United Auto Workers went out on strike, the union and General Motors have announced a tentative sentimentDaniel Howes, business columnist with the Detroit News, is following the developing story.

Daniel Howes, Detroit News (@detroitnews)

Main Topic MoveOn, the Democrats and Iraq 34 MIN, 47 SEC

With a vote of 341 to 79, many Democrats joined Republicans today in condemnation of MoveOn.org for its full-page ad calling General David Petraeus "General BetrayUs." Today, MoveOn paid an additional $77,000 to the New York Times, which admits it was mistaken for publishing the group's ad at the discount rate of $65,000. MoveOn.org says the attack was designed to show Congressional Democrats how to get tougher on bringing an end to the war in Iraq. Even Speaker Nancy Pelosi concedes there's a public perception that her party has failed to live to expectations since winning the majority last November. Republicans still call the incident evidence of the Times' "liberal bias." One group calls it a violation of campaign finance law. Democrats say Republicans should denounce Rush Limbaugh for calling Nebraska's decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel "Senator BetrayUs." What does it all have to do with ending the war in Iraq—and the presidential campaign?

David Sirota, International Business Times (@davidsirota)
Joseph Birkenstock, former Chief Counsel, Democratic National Committee
John Armor, Counsel, American Civil Rights Union
Scott Helman, Political Reporter, Boston Globe
Ed Kilgore, New York magazine / Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)

Reporter's Notebook Internet Brings Burma News to Worldwide Audience 8 MIN, 14 SEC

Myanmar—or Burma—is an isolated country subject to military censorship and unfriendly to western reporters. In 1988, security forces killed some 3000 anti-government protesters with little notice in the outside world. Today, after nine days of peaceful protests, the military government began a violent crackdown. But that word is getting out despite the government's efforts to control the Internet, as the world watches the crackdown with the help of hundreds of Burmese bloggers. That's according to Mark Tran who reports on international news for Britain's Guardian.

Mark Tran, Reporter for the Guardian

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