Kresta in the Afternoon – January 4, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – The Iowa Surprise – Huckabee and Obama win big

    The first votes have been counted in the race for the White House with Mike Huckabee and Barak Obama coming out on top. Just a few short weeks ago, you would have been called nuts if that was your prediction. Now they move on, hoping to capitalize on the victory. The big losers were Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton. How does this all shake out for values voters? We check in with Gary Bauer of Our American Values.

    Second Topic – Cuba, Communism, and the Catholic Church

    The most senior official in the Vatican after the Pope said he hopes to meet Cuba's acting president Raul Castro during a February visit to the communist-run island. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, said his trip was at least partly related to commemorations of the 10th anniversary of late Pope John Paul II's landmark trip to Cuba in 1998. The news also comes on the anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s excommiunication of Fidel Castro and on the heals of an apology from the Cuban government for a police raid on a parish church in eastern Cuba. Native Cuban Humberto Fontova is with us to look at Cuba, Communism, and the Catholic Church.

    Third Topic – Benazir Bhutto: Killed by the real Pakistan

    A recent CNN poll showed that 46 percent of Pakistanis approve of Osama bin Laden. Aspirants to the American presidency should hope to score so highly in the United States. In Pakistan, though, the al-Qaeda emir easily beat out that country’s current president, Pervez Musharraf, who polled at 38 percent. If you want to know what to make of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder today in Pakistan, ponder that. So says terrorism expert Andrew McCarthy. He says there is the Pakistan of our fantasy - the burgeoning democracy. Then there is the real Pakistan: an enemy of the United States and the West. We talk about the Bhutto assassination, the future of Pakistan and its relationship with the U.S.

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