July 2nd Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the political junkie talks about McCain's visits to Columbia and Mexico and Obama's upcoming trip to Europe and the Middle East, and a former Bush speechwriter discusses the appeal each candidate has on religious and evangelical...
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July 2nd Show

We're back at the Newseum today, and in our first hour we'll get our weekly dose of the Political Junkie. Today, NPR's Ken Rudin will talk about John McCain's visit to Colombia and Mexico and Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Europe and the Middle East. And Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for President Bush, talks about each presidential candidate's appeal to religious and evangelical voters. We'll also be joined by Michael Gerson. He is currently a columnist for The Washington Post, but also served as President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter and senior policy adviser until 2006. And of course you'll get this week's trivia question. No cheating, please. At the end of the hour, Linda Trest, a staff writer with the Gasconade County Republican in Missouri , will talk about how she broke the story of "Sergeant Bill," a man impersonating a federal drug agent and using a fake badge to arrest methamphetamine users.

As the July 4th holiday nears, we'll take a look at black patriotism in America. Loyalty to this country can present a problem for many African Americans. Although the United States has made strides to becoming a more fair nation, there still persists the legacy of slavery, segregation and racial and ethic disparities. In our entire second hour, three African Americans discuss their views on how this country's history has shaped their allegiance to the flag.