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December 29th, 2008
09:29 AM ET

Rice: People will soon thank Bush for what he's done

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that despite President Bush's low approval ratings, people will soon "start to thank this president for what he's done."

"So we can sit here and talk about the long record, but what I would say to you is that this president has faced tougher circumstances than perhaps at any time since the end of World War II, and he has delivered policies that are going to stand the test of time," Rice said in an interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning."

The secretary of state brushed off reports that suggest the United States' image is suffering abroad. She praised the administration's ability to change the conversation in the Middle East.

"This isn't a popularity contest. I'm sorry, it isn't. What the administration is responsible to do is to make good choices about Americans' interests and values in the long run - not for today's headlines, but for history's judgment," she said.

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December 29th, 2008
09:18 AM ET

Senate seat for sale: a timeline

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Chris Fusco
Chicago Sun-Times

Who knew what - and when did they know it - regarding Gov. Blagojevich's alleged effort to sell President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat?The release last week of an internal report by Obama's chief counsel offers a few more pieces to fill in that puzzle.

Here are key dates and events from that report.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics • Rod Blagojevich
December 29th, 2008
08:48 AM ET

Arabs around the world take to the streets in protest

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Octavia Nasr
CNN Arab Affairs Editor

The dramatic developments in Gaza drove Arab citizens to the streets where they displayed anger directed first and foremost at their own governments.

In Yemen, thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital Sanaa shouting slogans in support of Gaza and its residents and burning Israeli and US flags. They cried out against the League of Arab States which delayed discussion on the crisis. One demonstrator telling the Doha-based Al-Jazeera network, “The Arab league is worthless.. They're all worthless leaders and they should all go home."

In Sudan, the scene isn’t much different. A woman wearing the Hamas banner around her forehead told Al-Manar TV, “Where are the Arab leaders? Where are their actions? Enough condemnation and finger-pointing.. Show Gaza your support."

Students at the University of Qatar boycotted their classes and demonstrated their support for Gaza. One student spoke excitedly about what he saw as his moral responsibility, "Our ancestors claimed that the news about the Palestinian disaster reached them late in 1948.” He then concluded, “We have a responsibility to our children and the future generations. We can't tell them we heard about the Gaza disaster of 2008 but didn't do anything."

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Filed under: Israel • Middle East • Octavia Nasr
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