January 31st, 2009
11:59 PM ET

Aid to Israel, and the bang for those bucks

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Dave Schechter
CNN Senior National Editor

The new administration in Washington has dipped its pita into the hummus early.

In his interview with the Arabic-language television channel Al-Arabiya, President Barack Obama said he told U.S. envoy George Mitchell to ". . . start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating – in the past on some of these issues – and we don't always know all the factors that are involved."

Mitchell likely is getting an earful from Arab leaders about U.S. military aid to Israel, particularly how Israel uses the weaponry it buys with that money.


Filed under: Barack Obama • David Schechter • Israel • Raw Politics
January 31st, 2009
09:00 AM ET

Dear President Obama #12: Keep our fears at bay

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Reporter's Note: The day before Super Bowl Sunday is traditionally known as “Free Kick Saturday” in the White House because of a long tradition of inviting citizens to attempt a field goal through makeshift uprights across the street in Lafayette Park.  Not really, but it would be cool.  The President has asked for advice, thus my continuing series of letters.

Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

So glad the weekend is finally here!  You’ve had me working quite late with all these programs you’ve been launching and frankly I can use the break.  Not like I’ll get one.  The elder daughter has a speech contest all day Saturday; I’m going to a father-daughter dance with the younger one; throw in some work around the house (I swear those Christmas lights are coming down,) take everyone to church, and Bob’s-your-uncle, it’s Monday again.