- Making News: Rumsfeld Says Iraqi Forces to Lead in Event of Civil War
Donald Rumsfeld testified on Capitol Hill today in support of the administration's request for emergency funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, amid growing concerns about sectarian violence and the possibility of civil war in Iraq. The Defense Secretary said that in the event of a civil war, the US would depend on Baghdad's own security forces to deal with the conflict. William Arkin is military affairs analyst for NBC and online columnist for the Washington Post.
- Reporter's Notebook: Sale of Knight Ridder and the Future of Print Journalism
In November, a for-sale sign went up at the country's second-largest chain. Today is the deadline for bidders, and media analysts are keeping a watchful eye on who makes an offer for Knight Ridder's 32-paper chain, which includes the San Jose Mercury-News, Philadelphia Inquirer and Miami Herald. Journalism Professor Philip Knight says who offers to buy, and how much they pay, could say a lot about the future of newspapers.
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