Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the pre-election boil, with everything at stake, and it showed this week. Policy, pronouncements, campaign ads and tempers are popping off in all directions - some old, some new, some ugly.
Under fire from miserable poll numbers, "stay the course" took a hike in Washington. In Baghdad, the US ambassador announced a timeline. Iraq's own leader said "no way." The top US general said twelve to eighteen months to handover. Donald Rumsfeld told deadline seekers to "just back off."
Also this week, a campaign ad dived to sex and race, and Madonna sang for a baby.
Hear about this week in the news, from bloody Iraq to Michael J. Fox, gay marriage, hot polls and more.
Richard Wolffe, senior White House correpondent for Newsweek
Mona Charen, syndicated columnist
Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly
This program aired on October 27, 2006.