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Zakaria sounds off on energy, and Dionne senses this is the year for health care reform. Plus: Deciphering North Korea's missile launch.

Clive Crook charges that "only one thing is sure" with both versions of the budget Congress is considering -- "the permanent excess of spending over revenue in the long-term fiscal outlook."

• "Resistance to public investment has become second nature to the Washington establishment these days, and that could be a problem for" President Obama's "agenda in the long run," cautions Mike Madden.


• "For the first time since the passage of Medicare in the 1960s, the forces favoring action on health-care reform are stronger than the forces of cynicism and obstruction," E. J. Dionne Jr. declares.

• "The debate about oil vs. natural gas vs. biofuels vs. alternative energy is wholly unrealistic. If we are going to sustain and support" large "population and economic growth, we'll need everything," Fareed Zakaria maintains.

• "The deep damage Mr. Obama's cap-and-trade plan would inflict on our economy goes beyond its draconian carbon taxes. Now we learn that the plan could likely start a trade war," Donald Lambro fumes.


John Dorfman sees a connection between recent comments Obama made -- telling people it's a good time to buy stocks -- and a jump in the stock market.

• "Given how bad things are," the unemployment rate "will probably break the postwar record of 10.8 percent, set in late 1982," Kevin Hassett predicts.

• The Wall Street Journal chides Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Obama for allowing the D.C. school voucher program to expire.

• The New York Times supports a credit card bill Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., introduced that is "stronger than the Fed's regulations and would provide consumers relief more quickly than the credit card bill now moving through the House."


• "As the Supreme Court prepares to take up a landmark challenge to the nation's voting rights laws, a central question looms over the case: Has American politics moved beyond race?" Eliza Newlin Carney wonders.

• The Washington Post believes the political landscape is ripe for Congress to pass a federal shield law this term.

• "If General Motors goes under, there will still be cars. And if the New York Times disappears, there will still be news," argues Michael Kinsley.

Dawn Turner Trice praises Michelle Obama for how she interacted with school girls in London last week.

Roger Cohen relays an interview he conducted with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the eve of Obama's visit to the country.

• In the Wall Street Journal, John R. Bolton, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow, criticizes Obama's reaction to North Korea's missile launch.

Michael Tomasky opines that the launch was emblematic of the challenges Obama faces ahead with the Middle East and surrounding nations.

• While the Washington Times says it would like to hope Obama's succeeds in his push for a "nuclear-free world," it doesn't think that's likely to happen.

• "Whether by sanctions or some other means, it is time for China to show it won't let a rogue, nuclear-tipped state put the US, Japan, and South Korea in further jeopardy," the Christian Science Monitor insists.

Robert J. Samuelson scoffs that "the Chinese denounce American profligacy after promoting it and profiting from it."

• "The longer we go without an ambassador" in Iraq, "the more a disservice -- and a dangerous one at that -- we do to our 140,000-plus troops and diplomats and to the Iraqi people," former State Department official John Kael Weston warns in the New York Times.

• In the Washington Post, Marc A. Thiessen contends that if the U.S. would lift the travel embargo on Cuba it would "fritter away" leverage to influence a Democratic transition later.

• "Mexico's drug war is bound to have a profound effect on the lives of Mexican immigrants in the United States," Gregory Rodriguez speculates.

• "Latin America remains poor and backward not despite multilateral 'assistance' but, in a large part, because of it," Mary Anastasia O'Grady asserts.

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