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John Kerry advocates for greater cooperation with Mexico and Alan Greenspan predicts a turnaround in the stock market. Plus: Obama still rules the polls.

• "Mexico is not the failed state that some pundits have warned about, but the crisis is undeniable -- and it cannot be addressed without the United States and Mexico working together to combat crimes that respect no border," writes Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., in the Los Angeles Times.

• "Our political leaders see the public's angst as an opening for a government takeover of key elements of the economy, finance in particular," Mary Anastasia O'Grady opines. "In this way, they are not unlike Latin America's 20th century populists."

 

• "One thing that stands out from the history of the early 1930s is the extent to which the world's response to crisis was crippled by the inability of the world's major economies to cooperate," Paul Krugman warns.

• In the Financial Times, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan predicts that "stock markets across the globe have to be close to a turning point."

• "The resignation of General Motors chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner has been rumored for weeks, if not months," Fortune's Alex Taylor reports. "GM will be lucky to find anyone so decent to succeed him."

 

• "Well, at least now" the Detroit News knows "who's running General Motors: The Obama White House."

• "While Beltway journalists ponder big, important questions like whether" President Obama "laughs too much during interviews or over-uses his teleprompter, the American people overwhelmingly approve of the job Obama is doing, and even trust him to get the economy back on track," cheers Salon's Joan Walsh.

• "Obama's anti-oil cap-and-trade legislation that would effectively levy a carbon-emissions tax on businesses and on all Americans will likely be one of the first casualties of his liberal agenda," Donald Lambro expects. "But its Republican opponents won't kill it."

• "We need to expand health care coverage, and we need to accept that this will cost a fair bit of money," acknowledges The Atlantic's Reihan Salam in Forbes. "What we can't do is hope that some cost-control deus ex machina will save us in the final act."

 

• "Randi Weingarten, powerful head of the American Federation of Teachers (1.4 million members), calls Mr. Obama the 'education president,'" scoffs Nat Hentoff. "However, when congressional Democrats recently doomed the Opportunity Scholarship Program for poor children in the District, the education president didn't say a word."

• Under the headline "Why Notre Dame should welcome Obama," Newsweek's Kenneth L. Woodward weighs in on the controversial upcoming commencement address in the Washington Post: "Obama is not coming to Notre Dame to press a pro-choice agenda but to address issues that affect all American citizens."

• "Voters in democracies have reasonably good intuitions as to what a political moment requires, and if there is a trend in democratic nations now, it is toward younger politicians who express disenchantment with the status quo," E.J. Dionne observes.

• Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa "isn't making it a secret that he is prepping for a run at governor," laments Gregory Rodriguez. "Come back, Antonio, the city needs you."

• "Obama took ownership of the war in Afghanistan on Friday," the Washington Times asserts, going on to criticize various aspects of the president's "'stronger and smarter' strategy."

• "The United States grants temporary protected status (TPS) to immigrants from countries with extreme economic or political conditions," the Washington Post notes. "Haitian immigrants more than qualify."

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