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Meet the Press links — Sunday, August 23

Anger over health care reform continues to spread on both sides of the aisle and across the nation. Has the president lost hope for bi-partisan support? Do the Democrats plan to go it alone on reform and will a bill include a public option? We'll hear from both sides of the aisle with two key members of the Senate Finance Committee: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Plus, our political roundtable weighs in on the health care debate and its impact on the Obama presidency and the 2010 midterm elections. We'll get insights from PBS's Tavis Smiley & MSNBC's Joe Scarborough. The fight for Afghanistan: After eight years of war, what progress has been made against the Taliban? How much more work do U.S. troops have ahead of them in that region? And what impact will the results of Thursday's presidential election there have on U.S.-Afghan relations? We'll speak with two men charged with coordinating the U.S. military and diplomatic mission in Afghanistan: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.

Want to know more about this week's guest and topics?

Try clicking on some of these links:


Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff | Bio

Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan | Bio

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senior Member, Finance Committee; Member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee | Bio

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Member, Finance Committee | Bio

Tavis Smiley, Host, PBS's Tavis Smiley; Host, PRI's The Tavis Smiley Show | Bio | PBS's Tavis Smiley | Web site

Joe Scarborough, Host, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" | Bio | Morning Joe


MSNBC: World News/South and Central Asia
MSNBC: World News/Conflict in Iraq