Ever since Putin gave up his office in 2008 because he had served the maximum two terms allowed by the Russian constitution, Russians have been saying that he'd be back. And as usual, Russian folk wisdom has turned out to be right.
Obama needs to sell the benefits of his economic recovery program, including the tax cuts people have received and the elements coming on line this year. He needs to focus on additional ways to create jobs.
There's a point in the Iran situation where semantics come into play. Is Iran on a path to nuclear weapons-capable technology? Yes. Is it producing nuclear weapons? No. Does it intend to produce nuclear weapons?
General Motors' prospects are improving and there is widespread sentiment that its European operations should not be sold now nor should they be allowed to be taken over in order to protect technology.
American media, especially cable TV news, is moving more into infotainment mode, stuck on a few areas. Geopolitics has never been its strong suit, and political coverage is mostly focused on food fights.