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The Taliban, which has moved within sixty miles of Islamabad, has alienated many Pakistanis recently, with videos of the public flogging of a young girl, as well as speeches challenging the democratic principles that are cherished by Pakistanis. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry looks whether the military offensive against the Taliban in the Swat Valley is diverting attention from the need for a new Pakistani-US relationship. Also, the White House appoints a "compensation czar" with authority over executives at companies that receive federal support, and after a year in limbo, the Screen Actors' Guild finally ratifies a new contract.

Banner image: Pakistani men carry a body from the rubble of the Pearl Continental hotel after a bomb blast killed 11 and injured at least 50 people in Peshawar, Pakistan. The blast, powerful enough to leave a crater 6 feet deep and 15 feet wide, collapsed the western wing of the hotel.The Taliban have continued their revenge attacks keeping all cities on high alert. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Making News Compensation Czar Will Set Executive Pay at Top Banks 7 MIN, 3 SEC

The White House today appointed a Compensation Czar, who will have wide authority to set the pay for 175 top executives at seven companies that received hundreds of billions of dollars in federal assistance. The administration is expected to name Washington attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who will also develop a compensation structure for eighty other companies. Deborah Solomon is Washington Bureau reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

Deborah Solomon, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

I Is for Infidel

Kathy Gannon

Main Topic Pakistan Steps Up the Fight against the Taliban 33 MIN, 24 SEC

Suicide bombers set off a massive blast in Peshawar yesterday, killing 18 people. Was it a response to the Pakistani military's recent offensive of a Taliban stronghold in the Swat Valley? What will become of the two million civilian refugees who have fled the fighting? Could this humanitarian crisis been averted? Is stepped up military action a way to get more US aid? How is Pakistani public opinion affecting the fight against the Taliban? How does President Obama's foreign policy in the region differ from that of George Bush? How do tensions with Afghanistan and India affect Islamabad's focus on the Taliban?

Graham Usher, Freelance journalist
Hasan-Askari Rizvi, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Punjab
Kathy Gannon, Associated Press
Paula Newberg, Georgetown University

Judging the State

Paula Newberg

Reporter's Notebook After Year in Limbo, SAG Finally Ratifies Contract 11 MIN, 2 SEC

It's finally over. After a year of bitter in-fighting, the Screen Actors Guild has overwhelmingly approved a new contract. The deal looks much the same as one SAG was offered by the studios last year and which has already been approved by the AFTRA, the Writers' Guild and Directors' Guild. Cynthia Littleton is Deputy Editor of News at Variety, a daily trade publication covering the entertainment industry.

Cynthia Littleton, Variety (@Variety_Cynthia)


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