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This Week: The Road to War
This Week
October 29, 2004

This week on NOW:

Did the administration mislead the American people about its reasons for going to war in Iraq? For many voters, this remains the key question as they consider the candidates. NOW deconstructs the road to war in Iraq through the eyes of a critical intelligence insider, Greg Thielmann, who headed a group of State Department analysts examining the secret intelligence on Iraq during the lead-up to the war. On the Friday before America votes, Thielmann measures the hard evidence about what the President called the "threat gathering against us."

Since the election of Ronald Reagan, the conservative movement in America has been a political, social and cultural juggernaut. How have conservatives amassed the power they enjoy today, and are there rumblings in their ranks that will force soul searching after the election? Bill Moyers asks Richard Viguerie, one of the modern Conservative movement's founding fathers. Viguerie is credited with pioneering the political direct mail of the 1960s and 1970s that many say was the catalyst to the conservative groundswell that has swept America. Viguerie's new book is AMERICA'S RIGHT TURN: HOW CONSERVATIVES USED NEW AND ALTERNATIVE MEDIA TO TAKE OVER AMERICA.

Where have all the progressives gone? David Brancaccio asks Joe Trippi, former manager for Howard Dean's Presidential campaign, about the state of the Democratic Party today, what it means to be a Democrat, and about the role of progressives in the party that nominated John Kerry. Trippi has worked on the Presidential campaigns of Edward M. Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, and Richard Gephardt. For Dean, Trippi used the Internet to tap into a grassroots movement that changed the face of modern campaigning. Trippi's latest book is THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED: DEMOCRACY, THE INTERNET AND THE OVERTHROW OF EVERYTHING.

In Depth


The Road to War: Reviewing the Evidence

Focus on Iraq

Blair vs. the BBC on Iraq


Who Votes and Who Doesn't?

Evolution of the Electoral College

Fact-Checking Campaign Ads

Election 2004
Richard Viguerie, American Target Advertising

Former Dean Campaign Manager Joe Trippi

Your State: Voter Resource Map

David Brancaccio on Chee Pearlman's Voting Booth Project at Parsons School of Design. (The exhibit has been extended until 12/05/04.)


Talk about election issues on the message boards.


Learn more about the issues discussed on NOW.

Read the complete transcript.

Streaming Video

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Road to War (24:10)

Bill Moyers talks with Richard Viguerie (12:59)

David Brancaccio talks with Joe Trippi (9:27)

What Now? (5:10)


Road to War
Producer: Peter Meryash
Editor: Kathi Black

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