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Bush Program for Poor Nations Off to Slow Start

Two years ago, President Bush proposed a new way to aid poor countries through a multi-billion-dollar program called The Millennium Challenge. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports that the program intended to aid needy nations got off to a slow start due to the war in Iraq and other political realities.

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Michele Kelemen has been with NPR for two decades, starting as NPR's Moscow bureau chief and now covering the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.