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Feldstein projects a grim economic outlook, and O'Grady isn't impressed with Obama's Americas Summit trip. Plus: McGovern on Iraq troop withdrawal.

• In the Financial Times, Martin Feldstein, a member of President Obama's economic advisory board, projects that inflation will rise dramatically over the long term.

Paul Krugman sees the ailing Irish economy as a warning to the U.S.


• "Given today's economic crisis, our renewed fascination with the Depression is natural. But we ought not stretch the parallels too far," Robert J. Samuelson cautions.

• "Our president can deal with all manner of big problems, but" E. J. Dionne Jr. fears that "the American gun lobby is just too strong to let him push a rational and limited gun regulation through Congress."

• "The 'liar, liar pants on fire' argument usually isn't the most effective. But when it comes to guns," Obama "is lying through his teeth," the Washington Times sneers.


• "What happens when it's no longer George W. Bush's fault" when things go awry internationally? "That's what the next 100 days will tell us," Jackson Diehl remarks.

Nat Hentoff admonishes Obama for continuing controversial Bush administration policies, especially the state secrets privilege.

• The Washington Post chides Congress for letting the D.C. voucher program expire.

Eliza Newlin Carney foresees problems arising from the increasingly large amount of money being spent in the Minnesota Senate race.


Ruth Marcus finds it telling that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said twice at a right-to-life fundraiser that she considered having an abortion.

Mary Anastasia O'Grady isn't impressed with Obama's trip to the Summit of the Americas, scoffing that he "simply floated down the summit river passively bouncing off whatever obstacles he encountered."

• The New York Times urges the administration to act with more immediacy when fighting AIDS both abroad and within the U.S.

• Is there a "theme emerging in foreign policy? Can one begin to talk of an 'Obama doctrine'?" Clive Crook looks for the answer.

• In the Los Angeles Times, former Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., finds it "puzzling" that Obama "has adopted most of the previous administration's formula for dragging out the withdrawal of our troops from the mistaken war in Iraq for nearly three more years."

• The Wall Street Journal charges that U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice is either confused about -- or knowingly misspeaking about -- the presidential statement issued by the U.N. Security Council regarding the North Korea missile launch.

• "If Mr. Obama wants to be more successful than the previous administration when it tried to reform immigration, he should avoid getting bogged down in a debate over 'amnesty,'" Wall Street Journal editorial board writer Jason L. Riley advises.

• "The population of Arabs in the Holy Land, at about 5.4 million, will one day overtake the number of Jews." Roger Cohen contends that "a two-state solution is essential to Israel's survival as a Jewish state."

• In the Washington Post, Desmond Tutu, an archbishop emeritus in South Africa, explains what Burma needs from the Obama administration.

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