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As Barack Obama's advantage continues to grow, aides to John McCain and Sarah Palin are sniping at each other about the conduct of their campaign. Is it merely the stress of a struggling effort with only a week to go—or does it represent a broader struggle between moderate party reformers and conservative purists? Also, the US issues Iraq an ultimatum on the Status of Forces Agreement, and the Dalai Lama has given up hope for negotiations with China.  What does that mean for Tibet, the government in exile and the Dalai Lama himself?

Grand New Party

Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam

Making News US and Iraq Can't Agree on Details of a Continued US Presence 5 MIN, 54 SEC

The US has issued a warning to the government of Iraq. If there is not a new agreement on the status of American forces or a renewed mandate from the UN the US will shut down military operations and other vital services on January 1. That's according to Leila Fadel, winner of the George Polk Award for her reporting as Bureau Chief in Baghdad for the McClatchy newspapers.

Leila Fadel, Washington Post (@LeilaFadel)

Main Topic Should the GOP Find a New Look or Reinforce the Old One? 37 MIN, 6 SEC

With a week and a day until it's all over, John McCain and Barack Obama are making their closing arguments. Meantime, McCain's advisors have accused Sarah Palin of going "off message" and refusing to take advice. Palin sources say she's trying to "bust free" of political mismanagement.  Divisions within a struggling campaign may be shedding light on a broader conflict over the future of the Republican Party. Does the GOP need reform to stay in touch with a changing America or is it time to recommit the Grand Old Party to undiluted conservatism? 

Richard Wolffe, Correspondent, MSNBC
George Packer, New Yorker (@newyorker)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll (@danschnur)
Tony Blankley, Co-host, 'Left, Right & Center'
Ross Douthat, New York Times (@DouthatNYT)

Reporter's Notebook Has the Dalai Lama Given up on China? 5 MIN, 8 SEC

The Olympic Games are over, but China has not made good on its pledge to renew talks about a measure of autonomy for Tibet. Now the Dalai Lama, who's remained cheerfully patient and optimistic about the status of his country, says he has given up hope of reaching agreement about the future of the homeland he left for exile in India more than 50 years ago. What does that mean for the government-in-exile? Professor Robert Barnett is director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University.

Robert Barnett, Director of Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University (@robbiebarnett)

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