Billionaire Bill Gates has urged industrialized nations to honor aid pledges to developing nations despite the recession. ONE, the advocacy group backed by Gates and rock musicians Bob Geldof Bono released a report Thursday attacking several Group of Eight nations for meeting financial aid goals, set in 2005, to countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report said that Italy, host to the next G8 summit, has “performed especially poorly” in its share of aid spending and that France has fallen behind on its commitment.
George W. Bush often has said that historians will vindicate his presidency. And since he left office, he’s moving fast to give them the tools.
A national poll indicates that two-thirds of those who watched President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night had a very positive reaction to his speech. Sixty-eight percent of speech-watchers questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey had a very positive reaction, with 24 percent indicating that they had a somewhat positive response and 8 percent indicating that they had a negative reaction.