Barack Obama, the Middle East and Iran

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As the fighting continues in Gaza, Barack Obama is choosing a team to deal with the Middle East, including Iran. Today he repeated his campaign pledge to rely on diplomacy. Will that mean a new approach to Arabs and Muslims or are his likely advisors committed to Israeli interests above all? Also, 2008 saw historic job losses, and Governor Rod Blagojevich may stand trial before the Illinois State Senate on charges of abusing his powers.


Banner image: Palestinian reporters rush for safety following an Israeli air strike on a building housing several media offices in Gaza City on January 9, 2009. Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images