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CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 13, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The status of the hunt for former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reviewed.

(Baghdad, Iraq: Kimberly Dozier) The emerging pattern of terrorism as bombings continue in Baghdad, Iraq, featured; scenes shown from the hotel that was hit by a car bomb; details given of the belief that the attacks are being carried out by Saddam loyalists trying to drive away investors. [US Army spokesperson Lt. Col. George KRIVO†- says they are attacking softer targets & inflicting higher civilian casualties.] [US Army 1st Armored Division Col. Rob BAKER†- says there is sufficient risk for entrepreneurs.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(White House: John Roberts) President Bush’s new war news strategy examined; details given of stories of administration in-fighting, sparking rumors that the president is not in control, and of Bush’s deadline for a new Iraqi constitution and for elections. [From Hearst-Argyle Television, BUSH – says we will speak directly to the people; states the Iraqi people are beginning to prosper.] [From “Meet the Press,” Senator Richard LUGAR†- says the president has to be the president.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(San Francisco: John Blackstone) The controversy over who actually wrote letters sent home from US soldiers in Iraq featured; details given about the form letter sent to different newspapers, signed by individual soldiers, relating accomplishments in Kirkuk. [Soldier’s mother Amy CONNELL†- says it’s not her son’s type of writing.] [“Seattle Post-Intelligencer” Mark TRAHANT†- questions spending tax dollars on this project.] [Soldier’s mother Kelli MARSHALL†- says the letter is consistent with what her son has been telling her.]

Rather, Dan;
Dozier, Kimberly;
Roberts, John;
Blackstone, John

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