- Making News: Secretary of State Powell Resigns
Colin Powell resigned today as Secretary of State, in the most high-profile departure to date for the newly elected Bush administration. Powell called serving four years with the President an -honor and privilege.- Robin Wright, diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post, reflects on Powell's departure and likely candidates to replace him in the next administration, as well as the challenges they'll face.
- Reporter's Notebook: Surprise Bush Cabinet Shake-up
In less than a week, six out of 15 department heads have announced they-re leaving the Bush administration. In addition to Secretary of State Powell are Education's Ron Paige, Agriculture's Ann Veneman, Energy's Spencer Abraham and Commerce's Dan Evans and Attorney General John Ashcroft. Is that unusual just after a President-s been re-elected? Former presidential advisor Stephen Hess says the departures will help keep fresh ideas flowing at the White House.
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US and Iraqi troops are mopping up what-s left of the enemy in Fallujah, and what-s left of Fallujah itself, a city said to be all but destroyed. Meantime, in other Iraqi cities--including Mosul, Samarra and Baghdad--insurgents have increased attacks on government forces. How soon can Fallujah be restored as a functioning city? Can order be maintained in the rest of the country? What about the January elections? We hear more about what is becoming an all too common pattern in Iraq and it's implications for January's elections from journalists embedded with the Marines, terrorism experts in the Gulf, and defense analysts and experts in international relations from Jane's Defense Group and the US Institute of Peace.