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North Korea's missile firings spark debate, and Parker, Robinson and McGurn have more to say on Obama v. Cheney.

David Brooks has "been incredibly moved over the past few weeks to watch squads of corporate executives come to the White House so President Obama could announce that he was giving away their money."

• "If Ronald Reagan was the Great Communicator," Obama "is the Great Deceiver." Kevin Hassett charges that "Obama has taken a strong stand on an issue only to reverse himself."


• "If there's one political blemish on" Obama's "first four months in office, it's that he's losing the budget debate," Jonathan Chait maintains.

• "Sometimes it takes 'South Park' to explain life's deeper mysteries. Like the logic of the Obama administration's policy proposals," Bret Stephens quips.

• "By goading a sitting president into responding to his arguments on his terms, Dick Cheney won the contest with" Obama "last week before either said a word," William McGurn asserts.


• "Which reality do you inhabit, Obama World or Cheney World?" Eugene Robinson asks. "If it's the latter, remember that storm clouds are always gathering. Don't forget your umbrella."

• The dueling national security speeches put Kathleen Parker in the "mind of John Gray, author of 'Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.' Different men, different planets. Or are they?" Parker wonders.

• "Proving that some corners of Obamaworld are just as insane as the Bush administration, Congress handed Obama a credit card reform bill last week where the biggest 'Yahoo!' came not from debt-ridden consumers but the National Rifle Association," Derrick Z. Jackson remarks.

Bob Herbert supports a bill that would "establish a national infrastructure development bank that would use public and private capital to fund projects of regional and national significance."


• As the administration "rightly turns its attention to regulatory reform, it must steer clear of both conceptual confusion and bureaucratic turf war," the Financial Times contends.

• The Washington Times is wary about Obama nominating Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

• "I don't want Elizabeth Edwards in my life. Yet I cannot avoid her. She shadows me," Richard Cohen notes. "Her cherubic visage is on every passing television screen."

• The Los Angeles Times runs several op-eds in honor of the state's Supreme Court decision being handed down today on Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage.

• The New York Times fears the decline in trade, and cautions that protectionism "remains a serious danger. With voters insisting that politicians protect their own, many countries have already imposed new restrictions on imports."

Mark Blumenthal is concerned about the credibility of new polling in Virginia's gubernatorial race.

• Reacting to North Korea's recent missile firings, Washington Post believes that "Obama should simply decline to treat North Korea as a crisis, or even as a matter of urgency."

• In the New York Times, former U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton criticizes the administration's moves so far on its nuclear policy.

• "Obama won the White House while promising that his brand of kinder, gentler diplomacy would better rally the world against bad actors." The Wall Street Journal thinks that "now would be a good time, and North Korea the right place, to prove it."

• "The Obama administration claims that it wants to break with the policies [toward North Korea] of its predecessor. This is one area where it ought to," Robert Kagan and American Enterprise Institute's Dan Blumenthal maintain in the Washington Post.

USA Today supports Obama's decision to retain military commissions.

• In an opposing view, Human Rights First chief executive officer Elisa Massimino counters that the commissions are a "just-created legal system that has a poor record of dispensing justice and lacks legitimacy even among many of the military lawyers who once tried to make it work."

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