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Unexpected change

Government | Obama drops Bush appointee Mark Dybul after saying he'll keep the AIDS chief
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/28/09, 12:00 am

Few moves by former President George W. Bush invited praise from former President Bill Clinton. But on World AIDS Day last December, Clinton lauded Bush's HIV/AIDS program in Africa, as did President Barack Obama and Bill and Melinda Gates.

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And on my third day in office ...

Government | Obama lifts ban on abortion advocacy overseas, a "revelation of priorities"
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 2/14/09, 12:00 am

When Austin Ruse meets people in developing countries, they tell him that what they need most are the basics: sustainable agriculture, sanitation, basic health care. "What they do not need is groups like Planned Parenthood performing more abortions," said Ruse, president of C-FAM, a nongovernmental organization that lobbies at the UN.

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Make that unleaded

Government | Reducing childhood exposure to lead is increasing losses for small businesses and charities
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 2/14/09, 12:00 am

Lancaster, Calif., resident Rebekah Wilson operates a small business with a big impact: It's helped hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young girls learn to sew by hand. Wilson started Hope Chest Legacy in 2000 and wrote a series of illustrated storybooks geared to ages 3-10. Each story incorporates a simple sewing lesson, and Wilson has heard reports of both moms and 3-year-olds learning to sew for the first time while reading her books. Annually, Hope Chest Legacy sells about 8,000 books and nearly 10,000 sewing kits.

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