Topics and Guests for Wednesday, July 30

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Wednesday, July 30:

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean noses toward the front of the pack of those trying to take the president's job
•  Garrison Nelson, University of Vermont political science professor

America's borders are a lot tighter, thanks to stepped-up homeland security. But tough new restrictions are causing many legitimate tourists to simply cancel their trip to the U.S.
•  Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus

Memories of the Alamo must be fading in Texas. Instead of standing their ground, a group of 11 Democrats facing an uphill legislative battle have fled the state and holed up in New Mexico
•  Leticia Van de Putte, chair of the Democratic Caucus of the Texas Senate

What does advertising say about American culture?
•  John McDonough, co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Advertising

A the same time that gay culture is gaining wider acceptance, the voices of protest are growing louder
•  Patrick Guerreiro, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans

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