Morning Report: January 26, 2005

Condoleezza Rice confirmed as Secretary of State. Former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice was confirmed today by a Senate vote of 85-13, Fox News reports. Democratic Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd was among the most vocal in the Democrats' attack on Rice. (Fox, Democracy Now)

Erosion of press freedoms in Yemen. This report by Jane Novak at Armies of Liberation quotes a disturbing editorial in the Yemen Times describing the rapidly eroding freedom of the press in that country. Jane also covers the Yemen press in this post. (Yemen Times, Armies of Liberation)