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With 100,000 Turkish troops massed on the border with Iraqi Kurdistan, the US is trying to avoid an explosive new conflict. We hear about increased violence, the price of oil, relations with a critical NATO ally--and US diplomacy. Also, despite a new contract, Chrysler cuts thousand of jobs, plus waterboarding and Senate confirmation.

Turkish demonstrators hold posters with pictures of Turkish soldiers who were killed by Kurdish rebels, during a protest against the US and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in front of US consulate in Istanbul, 01 November 2007. Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Making News Chrysler to Cut up to 10,000 Hourly Jobs, Drop Models 5 MIN, 55 SEC

Less than a week after Chrysler workers narrowly approved a new contract, the auto-maker said today it's cutting thousands of jobs and discontinuing several models of cars. John McElroy hosts Autoline Detroit, which appears on public television and the Speed Channel.

John McElroy, Host, 'Autoline Detroit'

Main Topic Kurdistan: New Drums of War in the Middle East 36 MIN, 31 SEC

The US will have to choose between its wife and its girlfriend. Will it be Turkey or Iraqi Kurdistan? Meantime, Iran is hanging around the back door. That's a crude metaphor that fits all too well with 100,000 Turkish troops on the Iraqi border in an already violent region. At stake are: stability in the only tranquil part of Iraq; US relations with a NATO ally; and the global price of crude oil. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on her way to Istanbul for a conference originally called to talk about Iraq's internal security; Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki has asked Iran to help resolve the crisis; Turkey's President will meet President Bush on Monday. Can they calm an escalating crisis?

Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)
Soli Ozel, Kadir Has University (@soliozel2)
Peter Galbraith, gubernatorial candidate and former diplomat (@GalbraithforVT)
Bruce Riedel, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst)

Reporter's Notebook Mukasey Confirmation in Trouble 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Waterboarding is an interrogation technique that simulates drowning by causing a suspect's lungs to fill up with water. Is it torture? Is it illegal? Michael Mukasey won't answer those questions and that could prevent his confirmation as Attorney General. At the conservative Heritage Foundation today, President Bush defended his nominee, saying the Senate is asking questions that are "unfair." He said Mukasey does not know the answers about waterboarding, because he has not been briefed on classified programs. Dan Eggen is Justice Department reporter for the Washington Post.

Dan Eggen, Reporter, Washington Post

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