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Democrats in Congress are rushing to approve billions in war spending without debating heightened US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. TOM HAYDEN comments: he wrote about “The Politics of Escalation” at TheNation.com.
Also: In the fight for his health care program, Obama seems to have neutralized some powerful potential opponents. JOHN NICHOLS explains: he’s Washington Correspondent for The Nation and writes “The Beat” blog at TheNation.com.
Plus: SUSAN CHOI’s novel A Person of Interest explores the personal and political repercussions set off by a campus bombing reminiscent of the Unabomber and the Wen Ho Lee case. Publishers Weekly called the book haunting”; Booklist called it ‘mesmerizing’; and The New York Times called it ‘beautifully written.’ It’s out now in paperback. (Originally broadcast 4-2-08)