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Friday, January 23, 2009

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  • President Stresses Unity On Economic Plan
    Thousands of new layoffs greeted President Obama in his first few days in office. And while on some difficult issues he can sign executive orders demanding change, on the economy, the president is as much cheerleader in chief as he is commander.
  • New Ethics Policy Stalls Defense Pick's Confirmation
    Two days after President Obama issued new ethics rules for top administration officials, a coalition of watchdog groups is calling on a Senate committee to reject his choice for a key position at the Defense Department. William Lynn III was a registered lobbyist for Raytheon within the past two years, so his approval would violate the new policy.
  • Bill Gates: Focusing On Philanthropy
    Having left the day-to-day operations of Microsoft to others, Bill Gates is taking on an "exciting" role as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On Monday, he will present a letter that he says takes "a candid look at the issues at the forefront of the foundation's work." Gates talks about the letter.
  • Aid Groups Frustrated At Lack Of Gaza Access
    International aid agencies trying to get supplies and personnel from Israel into the Gaza Strip are increasingly frustrated and angry. Israel eased its blockade of Gaza on Thursday, opening the border, but only under pressure and only to a few organizations.
  • EU Artwork Flap Served Useful Purpose
    An art installation depicting EU nations at the EU Council's headquarters in Brussels provoked an international incident of sorts. The Czech Republic commissioned the sculpture, Entropa, to mark its role as the current EU head, but some nations did not find humor in the way artist David Cerny portrayed them.
  • Congo Rebel Leader Arrested
    Congolese Tutsi rebel leader Laurent Nkunda has been arrested by Congolese and Rwandan forces. Nkunda's rebel forces exacerbated the turmoil in eastern Congo late last year, displacing 250,000 people. His actions prompted some of his own commanders to turn against him.
  • Gitmo Defense Attorney Weighs In On Detainees
    President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but it is unclear what will be done with the detainees there. Emi MacLean at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represents many Guantanamo detainees, talks about their possible fate.
  • Enlisted Man Gets Burial Once Reserved For Officers
    Late last year, the Army announced that all soldiers killed in action could receive full military funeral honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Spc. Joseph Hernandez was the first soldier buried under the new policy. Previously, the honors were not bestowed on junior enlisted soldiers.
  • 'Friday Night Lights': One Final Shot At Glory?
    Though hailed by critics, NBC's Friday Night Lights has struggled to find an audience. Can a unique deal with DirecTV turn the game around? As the third season airs on NBC, fans hold out hope.
  • Yo-Yo Ma On Recorded Music At Inauguration
    Inauguration Day was so cold, musician Yo-Yo Ma and others recorded their performance two days earlier and played along during Tuesday's ceremony. It was feared the frigid temperatures would crack instruments and break strings. Ma discusses what happened.

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