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Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today as part of a bigger plan to reorganize and avoid going out of business. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal will report on Chrysler’s plan that includes a merger with Italian automaker Fiat and an additional $8-billion in aid from the U.S. government.
This week the World Health Organization raised the swine flu pandemic threat alert to stage 5, but what does that mean? Spencer Hsu of The Washington Post explains what health authorities are doing to protect people here at home and around the globe from the threat of swine flu and provide prospective on how significant the outbreak appears to be.
After 28 years as a Republican, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter decided to switch his party affiliation this week potentially allowing Democrats to get even closer to a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Alexis Simendinger of National Journal will examine the broad implications of Senator Specter's decision on President Barack Obama's agenda and the future of the Republican Party.
Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times will have analysis of President Obama's first 100 days in office and look back at what progress the administration has made on some of its key priorities including the economy, health care, and the war in Iraq.
At 9:00 p.m. on Bill Moyers' Journal
New debate has emerged from the release of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel memos approving extreme measures of interrogation under the Bush administration. But, as the President acknowledges “a dark and painful chapter,” how should he respond to allegations of torture? Bill Moyers sits down with Bruce Fein, former deputy attorney general under President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the American Freedom Agenda, and Mark Danner, who has been reporting on the US treatment and interrogation of detainees for the New York Review of Books. Also on the program, the Journal profiles Steve Meacham, a Massachusetts community organizer fighting to keep working people in their homes.