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Friday, April 11, 2008

Body of War- Phil Donahue & Iraq Vet Tomas Young

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2008/04/body_of_soldier.html Twenty-two year-old Tomas Young called his Army recruiter on September 13, 2001. He wanted to go to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Instead, his unit was sent to Iraq in March 2004. Less than a week after arriving, Young suffered a shot to the collarbone that left him paralyzed from the chest down. While Young was recovering at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC, he met former talk-show host Phil Donahue. �I didn't know then that I was going to make a movie,� Donahue said last night at a Reel Progress screening of the film. But upon hearing Young's story, he wanted to show the human costs of war to a larger audience. Donahue had never made a movie, so he partnered with documentary filmmaker Ellen Spiro. The resulting film, �Body of War,� follows Young from his 2005 wedding, through his daily struggles with physical disability, to his involvement in Iraq Veterans Against the War, all set against the backdrop of the 2002 congressional debate over whether to authorize the president to use military force in Iraq. The past year has seen a glut of films about the Iraq conflict, but none so pointedly from the perspective of a returned soldier. THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS www.AMERICANPROGRESS.org

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'Newseum' Honors Free Press

The Newseum, a museum of news, has opened in Washington, D.C. It chronicles the history of news and hopes to show people the importance of a free press in a democratic society. Bill Plante reports.

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Is Your Tax Refund Too Big?

Some families are looking at thousands of dollars in tax refunds and rebates this season. Janice Revell, senior writer at Money magazine, has a few tips for managing your money.

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Prince William Gets His Wings

Britain's future king and head of British armed forces completes a "crash" course in the Royal Air Force. Next he'll float a naval uniform. Richard Roth reports.

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New GPS Predicts Traffic

The Dash Express is a new GPS device that uses road sensors, highway alerts and other Dash users to steer drivers around bad traffic. It also locates the cheapest gas. John Blackstone reports.

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U.S. Airlines Enter Crisis Mode

With soaring fuel costs and tightening FAA regulations, the airline industry is facing its biggest crisis since 9/11. Alexis Christoforous reports on the tough times in America's skies.

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Preview- State Of Corruption

Corruption in Iraq is so entrenched that militia groups known to target U.S. troops control some of Iraq's ministries and have used those government funds and resources to kill Americans.

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Bill Brings Up Bosnia Trip

CBS News RAW: Bill Clinton, speaking in Ind., says his wife was "exhausted at 11 o'clock at night" when she misspoke about her trip to Bosnia and she "took a terrible beating in the press" for it.

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Fire At Clinton Terre Haute HQ

CBS News RAW: Hillary Clinton's Terre Haute, Ind., campaign office was destroyed by fire early Friday, April 11, 2008. Investigators found no immediate signs of arson. Two people escaped uninjured.

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Behind American Airline's Mess

American Airlines canceled thousands of flights infuriating passengers and stranding a quarter million people, all in the name of safety. But was it politics over passengers? Nancy Cordes reports.

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Breaking Down Bill's Behavior

Hillary Clinton's Bosnia blunder has already cost her campaign a lot of credibility. So why would Bill Clinton bring it up while stumping for her in Indiana? Bob Schieffer weighs in.

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Bill Muddies Hillary's Blunder

Bill Clinton has again overshadowed his wife and knocked her campaign off message. This time he spoke out about her Bosnia blunder. But instead of helping, he made matters worse. Jim Axelrod reports.

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IS 90 TOO OLD? Sen. Byrd Mutiny Rumors

IS 90 TOO OLD? Sen. Byrd Mutiny Rumors

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