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After the dot.com bubble burst, America's economy took a tumble.  But the results of the sub-prime mortgage crisis could be a full-on recession. What would that mean for US consumers, not to mention the global economy? If it's inevitable, should it happen now rather than later? Also, Pakistani President Musharraf gives in to domestic and international pressure, and in Sudan, 40 lashes for insulting religion; in Saudi Arabia, 200 lashes for a victim of rape.  Are such sentences true reflections of Islamic law?

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Making News President Musharraf Leaves Pakistani Army Post 5 MIN, 29 SEC

Pakistan's President, Pervez Musharraf, said today that "the army has been like a family to me." But, under heavy domestic and international pressure, he gave up his uniform, resigning as chief of staff. Carlotta Gall reports from Lahore, Pakistan, for the New York Times.

Carlotta Gall, New York Times (@carlottagall)

Main Topic A Recession on the Horizon? 35 MIN, 48 SEC

In the past few days, the word "recession" has worked its way out of the business sections onto the front pages of newspapers and the covers of magazines. "Everyone knows…another recession is inevitable sooner or later. Some indicators now suggest that it might be sooner." The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times are headlining stories about a coming recession. Back in August, the Economist asked, does America need one? The sub-prime mortgage crisis and the end of easy credit are putting a damper on consumer spending, which has been driving the economy. Does that mean recession's inevitable? Could it be stopped or at least postponed? Would there be benefits to getting it over with sooner rather than later?

Robert Samuelson, Newsweek and Washington Post
Tom Donlan, Barron's (@barronsonline)
David Shulman, Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Robert Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology
Paul Farrell, Columnist, Marketwatch.com

Reporter's Notebook Harsh Sentences for Women in Saudia Arabia, Sudan 7 MIN, 21 SEC

In Sudan, a British teacher could get 40 lashes for allowing students to call a Teddy bear Mohammed. Gillian Gibbons, a 54-year-old British teacher, was charged with insulting religion and inciting hatred. If she's convicted, she could be subject to prison, a fine or 40 lashes. In Saudi Arabia, a 19 year-old rape victim faces 200 lashes. Bernard Haykel is a professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and the author of Revival and Reform in Islam as well as a forthcoming book on Wahabism.

Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

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