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Barack Obama and John McCain on their campaign trails this week.
Barack Obama and John McCain on the campaign trail this week.

In Iraq, Condoleezza Rice pushed “aspirational goals” for U.S. troops to be out of cities by next summer and out entirely by 2011.

In Georgia, Russia said “we’re going,” then announced Russian troops would stay along Georgia’s main highway, railroad, and oil pipeline.

John McCain couldn’t recall how many homes he owns. Barack Obama was happy to remind him. It’s a big number.

This hour, our news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

What’s your top story this week? What do you make now of Russia? Of Olympic China? Of McCain and Obama neck and neck in the polls? Of US “aspirational goals”—that’s what they’re calling it—for a 2011 pullout from Iraq? Tell us what you think.Guests:

Joining us from Washington is Eleanor Clift, contributing editor at Newsweek, where she writes the Capitol Letter column.

Also from Washington, we're joined by Matt Continetti, an associate editor at The Weekly Standard. His most recent piece is "Blaming the Victim: Putin's Provocations."

And with us from Hanover, New Hampshire, is Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on August 22, 2008.


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