Iraqi Politics

March 31, 2005

The Iraqi National Assembly will meet again this coming Sunday to try to fill the position of speaker, after meeting without success on Tuesday. Diane and her guests talk about the latest on the Iraqi political process.

Filibustering of Judicial Nominees

March 30, 2005

Diane and her guests discuss proposed Senate rules changes that would prohibit the filibustering of judicial nominees.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

March 29, 2005

A series of pension failures in recent years has left the federal agency responsible for ensuring those plans in the red. A panel talks about ideas for strengthening the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and how they would affect...


March 28, 2005

President Bush says Social Security is facing a crisis. But two Social Security trustees say Medicare is in worse shape. Diane and her guests talk about Medicare's financial picture, proposals for fixing some of its problems, and how they...

Melissa Boyle Mahle: "Denial and Deception" (Nation Books)

March 22, 2005

A former CIA operative talks about her 14 years at the agency. She examines what went wrong leading up to 9/11 and includes accounts of field operations in the Middle East and an insider's view of the political and operational culture of...

U.S. Relations with Canada and Mexico

March 22, 2005

Terence Smith leads a discussion about the meeting of President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin at President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas on Wednesday.

U.S.-China Relations

March 21, 2005

As U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice departs Beijing, Terence Smith and guests talk about U.S. relations with the country some believe is already the next superpower.

Drilling in ANWR

March 16, 2005

The Senate is expected to vote soon on a measure that could clear the way to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Diane and her guests talk about what's at stake and the likely consequences of the vote.

Patrick Radden Keefe: "Chatter" (Random House)

March 9, 2005

An important tool in the fight against terrorism is electronic eavesdropping. But spying raises questions of security, privacy and government secrecy. The story of how the government eavesdrops, who they target, and whether the...

The Bankruptcy Bill

March 8, 2005

Diane and her guests talk about the bankruptcy bill now before the Senate. Supporters say it would reduce abuse of the system, while opponents say it would degrade an important safety net.

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