IRAQ: "The Sunni Civil War" (p. 36). Baghdad Correspondent Larry Kaplow and Chief Foreign Correspondent Rod Nordland report that divisions are growing within the Sunni community-between the new tribal levies and old politicians, Baathists and anti-Baathists, fundamentalist mosque-goers and secular whiskey drinkers-that could affect reconciliation in Iraq. Shiite leaders warn they can't be expected to find common ground with Sunnis who cannot find it among themselves.
POLITICS: "Putting On Their Game Faces" (p. 40). Senior White House Correspondent Richard Wolffe reports on how both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are working to prove they can win the 2008 election. Obama and Clinton have spent weeks trading off between first and second place in Iowa polls and are now putting nearly all of their efforts into exploiting each other's vulnerabilities rather than focusing on issues. Many party activists fear that an unpopular war, worries about the economy and Bush fatigue alone won't be enough for Democrats to regain the White House, especially if, like John Kerry, their candidate turns out to be no match for the GOP's disciplined attack machine.
"The Qatari Connection" (p. 42). Investigative Correspondent Michael
Isikoff reports that a 2005 contract through GOP hopeful Rudy Giuliani's
privately owned management-consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, and Qatar's
government to provide "strategic advice" on counterterror issues and
protection of the country's oil and gas pipelines and ports, is getting a
lot of attention. Giuliani has insisted his business dealings are "totally
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