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Madame President

While most of us were taking a holiday yesterday, Molly Kinder, who previously worked as a program coordinator at CGD on Millions Saved, and is now a graduate student at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, sent the following reflections on Presidents' Day.
Yesterday the United States celebrated Presidents' Day, a holiday which rarely gives reason to pause, beyond perhaps the gratitude for a long weekend. This year, however, I did a double take. The image that Presidents' Day has long evoked in my head -- George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Ronald Reagan -- has recently undergone a makeover and now has a striking new feature: her gender.

Legislators Urge G8 Action on Climate Change

Legislators who hold key environmental posts from 13 of the world’s largest industrialized and developing countries urged their countries’ leaders to agree at the upcoming G8 summit in Germany to work together to cut CO2 emissions that threaten catastrophic climate change. Christopher Connell, who has been covering the two-day Legislative Forum on Climate Change for CGD's Views from the Center blog, filed his third and final report:
Consensus Statement from G8+5 Legislators on Climate Change

U.S. Foreign Economic Aid in 2008: Winners and Losers in President Bush's Proposed Budget

There is no public document that is more revealing of a government's priorities than its budget. In Washington-speak, it's where the rubber hits the road.
So what does the President's 2008 budget for foreign aid tell us about the administration's priorities abroad? Based on data available on the Department of State website, which countries and programs are the winners and losers in the 2008 foreign aid lottery?

To Stop Project Proliferation, U.N. Consolidates Local Office Funding

You've probably heard of UNDP, the U.N. Development Programme, because it publishes the Human Development Report each year, which includes the influential Human Development Index. You must recognize the name UNICEF (the U.N. Children's Fund), and you might know about the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and WHO (the World Health Organization). But can you tell me what ILO, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNODC, and UNV are? All these acronyms represent U.N.