Topics and Guests for May 8

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Topics and Guests for May 8:

9 a.m. ET

In an interview with four Spanish newspapers published Wednesday, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice criticized France and Germany for their tactics during the diplomatic disputes that preceded the war in Iraq. Can Trans-Atlantic ties be rebuilt? We’ll ask Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mo.

Does Al Qaeda still pose a threat to the homeland? We’ll ask George Dew, former CIA operations officer.
How does television impact how viewers think about politics? We’ll be joined by actor Dennis Haysbert who plays President David Palmer on Fox’s hit show 24.

10 a.m. ET

A trailer found in the Iraqi desert matches the description of a mobile biological weapons laboratory, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday. Is this the smoking gun the U.S. was looking for? We’ll ask former Iraqi scientist Dr. Gazi George.

Questioning the motives of a "desk-bound president who assumes the garb of a warrior," Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd reproached President Bush for flying onto an aircraft carrier last week to declare an end of major fighting in Iraq. Was the carrier landing over the top? Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift and the U.S. News and World Report’s Michael Barone join the debate.

And, we’ll get reaction of the latest edition of American Idol with BJ Sigesmund, entertainment editor for Newsweek.

11 a.m. ET

American forces have collected "plenty of documentary evidence" suggesting Saddam Hussein had an active program for weapons of mass destruction, the commander of U.S. Army troops in Iraq said Wednesday. How close are we to finding hard evidence? Jon Wolfsthal, deputy director of the Non-Proliferation Project of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

12 p.m. ET

Hundreds of Iraqi expatriates are leaving their comfortable life in the U.S. and go home to rebuild their country. How much help will they receive from the U.S.? We’ll ask Reps. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Which Democratic candidate has the best chance of unseating President Bush? Carlos Watson, Democratic analyst, and Carol Liebau, Republican consultant, face off.

1 p.m. ET

An audiotape found in Baghdad is thought to contain a speech recorded last week by Saddam Hussein calling on Iraqis to wage a "secret" war against occupying coalition forces. Is this proof the Saddam is still alive? We’ll ask Mike Battles, former CIA operations officer, weighs in.

And, is America ready for a Muslim television network? Omar Amanat, co-chair of Bridges TV, joins us.

2 p.m. ET

Plus, does your pooch have the right stuff to be crowned cream of the canine crop? We’ll be joined by Gillian Barberie, co-host of Miss Dog America, Chalcy and Chalcy’s owner Kyra Sundance.

NOTE: Topics and guests are subject to change