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So much ground to cover this week! We saw the passage of the notorious health care reform bill, more scandal among the ranks of the pope (who's in a bit of a stew) and a nuclear breakthrough between the U.S. and Russia. Also on this week's show: mortgages, usury and you!

McCain Aims to Work With Russia on Arms Control

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John McCain may seem similar to President Bush in many ways, but the presumptive Republican nominee is apparently looking to draw some clear distinctions between himself and the outgoing president in regard to how he proposes to deal with tensions that have cropped up between the U.S. and Russia around the issue of nuclear disarmament.

A Farewell to Arms Control
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Scott Ritter, a former U.N. weapons inspector and the author of "Waging Peace," mourns the passing of the United Nations agency charged with monitoring Iraq's WMD program. That agency suffered a political assassination recently to save the Bush administration any lingering embarrassment. With the closure of UNMOVIC, Ritter writes, the world has lost perhaps its last best hope for meaningful arms control and inspection.

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