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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.

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?