October 23, 2003
American officials are asking their allies for billions of
dollars to help rebuild Iraq at an international donors conference
in Madrid. Margaret Warner discusses the Iraqi potential to regenerate
its own wealth through oil production with Amy Jaffe of Rice University,
Vijay Vaitheeswaran of The Economist and Yasser Elguindi of Medley
President Bush finished his week-long trip to the Far East
with a visit to the United States' closest ally south of the equator:
Australia. Spencer Michels reports on the close American alliance
with the Australians, and Jim Lehrer follows up in a conversation
with John Higley, director of the Center for Australian and New
Zealand Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and Tony
Walker, former political editor of the Australian Financial Review.
AmeriCorps finds thousands of young Americans to serve in
inner cities each year, but it has been unsuccessful at convincing
Congress to provide additional funding for the program. Kwame
Holman reports on the financial shortfalls of the largest government-funded
domestic volunteer service organization.
Earlier this year, the Senate and House of Representatives
each passed plans to provide outpatient prescription drug coverage
to Medicare patients. However, senior citizens have yet to see
any effect as the two houses struggle to reach a compromise. Terence
Smith speaks with Susan Dentzer about what changes Medicare patients
Ray Suarez speaks with author Ilan Stavans about his new book
"Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language," a look at
the new lexicon created by Latinos who live in the United States.
October 21, 2003
The Iranian government told European foreign ministers meeting
in Tehran today that it will temporarily freeze all uranium enrichment,
turn over requested documents about its nuclear program and allow
the United Nations to inspect suspect sites. Gwen Ifill explores
the cause and effects of this surprise reversal in a conversation
with nuclear nonproliferation expert George Perkovich, vice president
for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Gen. William Boykin, U.S. deputy undersecretary of Defense
for Intelligence, has drawn fire for referring to the American
war against extremist Islamic terrorists as a struggle against
"a spiritual enemy called Satan." Margaret Warner reports on the
rising controversy and discusses it further with University of
North Carolina history professor Richard Kohn, who was chief historian
for the U.S. Air Force from 1981-91, and retired U.S. Army Inspector
Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, who now serves as a consultant and contributor
for Fox News.
The cost of health care continues to ail the American economy,
and its effects have been particularly acute in Southern California,
where transit and grocery store workers have gone on strike over
the issue in recent weeks. Jeffrey Kaye of KCET in Los Angeles
reports that the increasing importance of medical benefits at
the arbitration table has become what one economist labeled, "the
No. 1 strike issue in the country today."
John Allen Muhammed, the alleged Washington area sniper, successfully
gained the right to serve as his own defense counsel yesterday.
Ray Suarez reviews the right to self defense with law professors
Ronald Allen of Northwestern University and Anne Coughlin of the
University of Virginia.
October 20, 2003
During a weekend meeting with Asian leaders, President Bush
indicated he would consider granting North Korea security guarantees
if the nascent nuclear power consented to unilateral disarmament.
Ray Suarez gets perspective from Richard Solomon, president of
the U.S. Institute of Peace and former U.S. assistant secretary
of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs during the first Bush
'Times': Iowa Abstentions
The first head-to-head competition between the candidates
for the Democratic presidential nomination will go uncontested
by two top contenders. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and retired
U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark both decided to forgo the January
Iowa caucus and instead focus their campaigns on the early primaries
in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Gwen Ifill talks to New York
Times chief political correspondent Adam Nagourney about this
One of nature's most intrinsic elements may someday have
the largest impact on the creation of energy for human consumption.
Hydrogen power has the potential to fuel vehicles for transportation,
generate most of the world's electricity and ultimately replace
all use of fossil fuels. Tom Bearden reports on the journey of
hydrogen power from research to reality.
As the American-backed "road map" to peace in the Middle
East hits even more roadblocks, two top officials -- one Israeli,
one Palestinian -- have proposed a plan of their own. The new
plan, called "The People's Voice," has already earned 120,000
signatures for its two-state solution, respecting the boundaries
before the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Margaret Warner speaks with
the two proponents of the plan: Sari Nusseibeh, a former Palestinian
cabinet member who is now president of al Quds University in Palestinian
East Jerusalem, and retired Israeli Navy Adm. Ami Ayalon, who
served as director of Israel's domestic security service Shin-Bet.
Appreciation of arts in the heart of Texas is being molded
by the opening of the first institution in the world dedicated
exclusively to the exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture.
Jim Lehrer speaks with Raymond Nasher, who founded and funded
the $70 million Nasher Sculpture Center in downtown Dallas.