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Security politics

USA Today reports that Arab governments "are looking for change in U.S. policy in the Middle East after the midterm elections, hoping a politically weakened President Bush will talk with Iran and Syria, show greater interest in the Palestinians and find a way out of the crisis in Iraq...  Non-democratic but pro-U.S. governments in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan now largely shrug off the administration's campaign for strong steps toward democracy." 

Before leaving for Georgia today, Bush meets with the special envoy for Sudan.  Sen. Hillary Clinton (D) speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.