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This Week
April 16, 2004

This week on NOW:

In the wake of the deadliest two weeks for American forces since the war began, the President this week made a case for "staying the course" in Iraq. NOW analyzes what the reality on the ground in Iraq means for the prospects for peace in the Middle East. Bill Moyers talks with Mahmood Mamdani for context and analysis. Mahmood Mamdani's new book is: GOOD MUSLIM, BAD MUSLIM: AMERICA THE COLD WAR, AND THE ROOTS OF TERROR. He is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Departments of Anthropology and International Affairs, and Director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University.

As America faces record deficits, Alice Rivlin and Isabel Sawhill of The Brookings Institution say they have a plan to balance the federal budget. Their recent report, RESTORING FISCAL SANITY: BALANCING THE BUDGET, provides a clear-eyed assessment of the federal budget outlook over the coming decade and examines approaches designed to restore fiscal sanity over the coming decade and help prepare for the baby boomers' retirement. David Brancaccio sits down with Rivlin and Sawhill to discuss viable solutions to our fiscal crisis on which, they say, both parties can agree.

This week, as the Pentagon announced the extension of Iraq combat tours of some 20,000 troops, across the nation America's military families are lining up for free food to make ends meet. With soldiers in Iraq making a base pay of as little as about $1300 per month, are America's service men and women worrying about their families affording their basic needs back home? NOW travels to San Diego, CA, home to more than 95,000 military personnel and a city where many are chipping in to feed the families of US armed forces.

In Depth

Map of Iraq
Mahmood Mamdani on the Situation in Iraq

NOW's Focus on Iraq


Election 2004: Taxes and Spending

Deficit Overview

Deficit Solutions from Isabel Sawhill and Alice M. Rivlin

Conservatives Debate the Deficit

WWII Sailor
American Military Pay Resources

Local Hunger Resources

History of Veteran's Benefits


Talk about the situation in Iraq on the message boards.


Learn more about the issues discussed on NOW.

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Bill Moyers on the Marines of E Company (7:01)

Bill Moyers talks with Mahmood Mamdani (18:29)

David Brancaccio talks with Isabel Sawhill and Alice Rivlin about the deficit (15:26)


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