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Critics analyze the likelihood of job creation and success at the Nuclear Security Summit. Plus: Looking forward to the future of Poland and Russia.

• "The calendar must be cleared so that lawmakers can complete work on more comprehensive job measures -- including aid to states and small businesses and money for infrastructure spending," implores the New York Times. "Getting help to unemployed Americans and creating more jobs is the top priority right now."

• "Right now there is no plan that can even remotely be expected to result in job creation strong enough to rescue the hard-core groups being left behind," laments Bob Herbert.


• "By making hiring expensive through mandates such as health care, the administration is discouraging hiring. By extending benefits for the jobless, the same government is making unemployment less painful -- cheaper -- for workers. The combination sustains unemployment at higher levels, not lower," Amity Shlaes cautions.

• "The best way to protect American families who take out a mortgage or a car loan or who save to put their kids through college is through an independent, accountable agency that can set and enforce clear rules of the road across the financial marketplace," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner maintains in the Washington Post.

• "If Republican leaders can't commit to repealing a radical health care scheme," contends Marc A. Thiessen, "they can hardly expect Americans to say 'yes' to a GOP Congress in November."


Jonah Goldberg pushes back against the idea that a Supreme Court justice should have empathy: "Unless the plight of every gay, black, poor, old or disabled American is the same, then coming into court favoring a specific category of human being is nothing more than state-sanctioned prejudice."

• "[Outgoing Justice John Paul Stevens] is a classic example of what has been wrong with too many Republicans' appointments to the Supreme Court," remarks Thomas Sowell. "The biggest argument in favor of nominating him was that he could be confirmed by the Senate without a fight."

• "Poland, oft dismembered, even wiped from the map, is calm and at peace," commends Roger Cohen. "Poland should shame every nation that believes peace and reconciliation are impossible, every state that believes the sacrifice of new generations is needed to avenge the grievances of history."

• "The open discussion of a tragedy represents a revolutionary change, remarks Anne Applebaum. "Indeed, Russian officials are showing more transparency in the wake of this tragedy than they have shown after some of their own."


• In opposition to the FBI giving the family of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy "a rare opportunity to raise objections" about anything in Kennedy's FBI file, the Washington Examiner opines that Kennedy's life "is now part of American history and thus deserves to be analyzed as dispassionately as possible, which requires having access to all of the facts, including those that might embarrass the Kennedy clan. It's not for either the Kennedy family or the FBI to decide what details of his public life are inconvenient."

• The nuclear "summit will not solve the world's knottiest nuclear issues: the threat posed by a nuclear-armed North Korea or nuclear-aspirant Iran," acknowledges USA Today. "What it can do is build worldwide momentum to reduce and protect the massive supply of nuclear material that terrorists seek."

• "Telling our adversaries that we are unwilling to use the full extent of our assets to protect our nation is either disingenuous or dangerous," maintains Rep. Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio, in an opposing view. "Also, the U.S. extends this protection to over 30 allies and friends who have agreed not to acquire nuclear weapons in exchange for U.S. nuclear guarantees. This policy affects them as well."

• "The single biggest threat to American security would be to allow Iran to defy years of effort by the world's leading nations and become a nuclear power," argues the Wall Street Journal (subscription). "That would unleash a new age of proliferation that would swamp this week's attempts at controlling nuclear materials."

• In defense of unmanned drones deployed in Pakistan, the Washington Post finds "the right of self-defense is inherent and may be exercised against current and future enemies that pose an imminent threat, including those operating outside of traditional combat zones."

• "As NASA's wings are clipped, our competitors soar," complains the Washington Times. "The day this nation cedes the conquest of space to others is the day we admit that we have forfeited our competitive exceptionalism."

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