The Battle for Basra and the Race for the White House

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President Bush has high praise for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's crackdown on Shiite militias, but there's a lot at stake for both leaders. Maliki's political future and US troop withdrawals are both at risk. What could it all mean for McCain, Obama and Clinton? Also, Pakistan's media accuses US officials of "meddling," and the tragedy of Zimbabwe will be dramatized by the likely rigging of this Saturday's presidential election.

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Warren Olney