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Midmorning: Withdrawing troops and "designer" babies

Posted at 8:09 AM on July 17, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans are formulating plans for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq despite pleas from the Bush Administration to wait until after September. That's the topic of conversation at 9 a.m. among Kerri Miller and her guests Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University; and Barry Posen, political science professor and director of the security studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At 10 a.m., Genetic testing on embryos is creating controversy for couples using in vitro fertilization. Some parents argue for the right to deliberately select an embryo with a trait like deafness or dwarfism. Kerri's guests are Jeffrey Kahn, the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota; and Paul Steven Miller, professor of law and director of the Disability Studies Program at the University of Washington School of Law and a former commissioner for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.