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U.N. Team Studies Timing of Iraq Vote

A U.N. team in Iraq seeks to determine if elections can be held in Iraq by a June 30 deadline established by the Bush administration. Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is insisting on direct elections instead of the U.S. preference for caucuses to pick a transitional government. Hear NPR's Scott Simon and Les Campbell, Mideast director of the National Democratic Institute, which monitors elections around the world.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.