Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon issued a release order on November 20 for five Algerian prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay prison. The Algerians had been locked up in Guantanamo for seven years without a trial, and Leon dismissed the government claims that they stay locked up based upon one anonymous government source that the administration would not let the court question or review.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a senior adviser to President-elect Barack Obama on matters of national security and foreign policy, was the featured speaker at Chatham House in London on November 17, 2008. The title of his lecture was "Major Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next US President." Although Chatham House events are known to attract "the great and the good" of England's political, financial, and academic elites — as well as many of its top media representatives — there has been virtually no word as to what Brzezinski had to say in any of the world's press.
A key platform of Obama's campaign is an effort to increase Americans' willingness to serve the government, along with more federal funding for service programs. "I won't just ask for your vote as a candidate," Obama told a group of Iowans in December of 2007. "I will ask for your service and your active citizenship when I am president of the United States." In his "Blueprint for Change," Obama and Biden outline some of the major components of their plan in this regard.
President-elect Barack Obama's "Blueprint for Change" calls for "affordable, accessible health care for all." After a quote from a speech he gave in Iowa City explaining that we have an "obligation" to "turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday's health care debates," he outlines his plans "at a glance."