Kresta in the Afternoon – July 30, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Fatal Bombings in an Edgy Turkey

    Temperatures in Turkey are rising, but it's not just a matter of the fierce July sun. A verdict in a landmark case to shut down the government for alleged Islamism is expected by next week, and a prosecutor recently alleged that a powerful cabal of nationalist hit men has plotted to bring the country's institutions to a fall. So when two fatal bombs ripped through a working-class Istanbul neighborhood on Sunday night, killing 17 and injuring another 150, the already palpable tension in Turkey went up another few notches. The outcomes have global significance and we look at it with Moderate Muslim Turkish Journalist Mustafa Akyol.

    Second Topic – VP Speculation Reaches Fever Pitch

    As speculation swirls, Barack Obama and John McCain are knuckling down to the work of choosing running mates with their nominating conventions just weeks away. Some prominent evangelical leaders are warning Sen. John McCain against picking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as his running mate, saying their troops will abandon the Republican ticket on Election Day if that happens. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side Catholic Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) has emerged as the front runner for Barack Obama. We examine the Veepstakes with Gary Bauer.

    Third Topic – Senator: China spying on Internet use in hotels

    Foreign-owned hotels in China face the prospect of “severe retaliation” if they refuse to install government software that can spy on Internet use by hotel guests coming to watch the summer Olympic games. Sen. Sam Brownback Tuesday made public a translated version of a document from China's Public Security Bureau that requires hotels to use the monitoring equipment. Earlier this year, the U.S. State Department issued a fact sheet warning travelers attending the Olympics that “they have no reasonable expectation of privacy in public or private locations” in China. We look at it with Sen. Brownback.

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