April 7th, 2009
09:10 AM ET
5 years ago

Court reduces sentence for Iraqi shoe-thrower


BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - Iraq's federal appeals court has reduced the sentence for the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at then-President Bush at a news conference in December, his lawyer told CNN on Tuesday.

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April 7th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Americans favor first lady

 Americans gave first lady Michelle Obama high marks following the first couples' debut overseas.
Americans gave first lady Michelle Obama high marks following the first couples' debut overseas.

(CNN) - Americans gave first lady Michelle Obama high marks following the first couples' debut overseas, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday.

Eighty percent of those questioned think the first lady strengthened the U.S. image abroad by the way she handled herself on this trip - virtually identical to the 79 percent who feel the same way about her husband's performance overseas.

The poll, which surveyed 1,023 adult Americans, was conducted between April 3-5 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
April 7th, 2009
05:23 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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CNN: Plot to assassinate Obama foiled in Turkey

U.S. officials have taken "very seriously" a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama involving a Syrian man who was arrested late last week in Turkey, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

CNN: Gates announces major Pentagon priority shifts

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a 2010 Pentagon budget Monday that reflects major changes in the "scope and significance" of Defense Department priorities.

CNN: New Cuba travel rules could come within 10 days

The Obama administration sent a fresh signal Monday that new rules on family travel and remittances to Cuba are coming soon, and may be announced before President Obama attends the Summit of the Americas on April 17.

CNN: Poll: U.S. split on Muslim allies

President Obama stood before the Turkey's parliament on Monday and told lawmakers that the Muslim nation is "a critical ally," but a new poll shows Americans are split about the level of trust the United States should have with Muslim allies.

NYT: Report Outlines Medical Workers’ Role in Torture

Medical personnel were deeply involved in the abusive interrogation of terrorist suspects held overseas by the Central Intelligence Agency, including torture, and their participation was a “gross breach of medical ethics,” a long-secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded.

Washington Post: Contracting Boom Could Fizzle Out

The recent surge in the Washington area's defense-contracting workforce would begin to ebb under Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's latest budget proposal as the Pentagon moves to replace legions of private workers with full-time civil servants.

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