It's been a historic primary season. Barack Obama and John McCain have already begun focusing on each other in the race for the White House. What role will Hillary Clinton play? Would the so-called Obama-Clinton dream ticket be a winner or a nightmare? What do the Republicans gain from the ongoing divisions among Democrats? Also, United Airlines announces new cost-cutting measures, and Senate Republicans are working hard to defeat a proposed climate-change bill. No one's arguing anymore about the fact of global warming. The debate is about how to deal with it. Sara Terry guest hosts.
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United Airlines, the world's second largest carrier, today announced cost-cutting measures due to rising oil prices. United said it will shut "Ted," it's low-fare airline, ground seventy planes and cut as many as eleven hundred jobs. Julie Johnsson reports on the airline and aerospace industry for the Chicago Tribune.
Julie Johnsson, Airline Reporter, Chicago Tribune
Barack Obama made history last night after the final two primaries of the season, becoming the first African American to be a major party's nominee for president. He now has more than the 2,118 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination. But his opponent Hillary Clinton showed no signs of backing down last night, prompting speculation among pundits about whether she is pushing too hard for the vice presidential slot. What is at stake for Democrats as Obama reaches out to Clinton and her eighteen million supporters? What kind of general election campaign is ahead for a young visionary senator versus more experienced war hero John McCain?
Jay Carney, Washington Bureau Chief, Time Magazine
Chris Lehane, Democratic strategist (@chrislehane)
Tom Schaller, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland
Ross Douthat, New York Times (@DouthatNYT)
A sweeping bill on climate change – one that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds by 2050 -- is being debated in the US Senate this week. But opponents are focusing on the economic costs of the bill. In the meantime, the debate is drawing scores of lobbyists, representing everyone from Alaskan Indians to venture capitalists. New York Times correspondent John Broder has been covering the hearings.
John Broder, New York Times
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