The two countries agree to talk about immigration policy. It is the second significant overture Obama has made to Cuba in two months.
The automaker got key concessions from bondholders this weekend to help smooth bankruptcy proceedings, which are expected to begin Monday.
Most elected Republicans distance themselves from incendiary comments by Limbaugh, Gingrich, and others.
Gardens and kids' bikes are small signs of an effort to create some normalcy in one of more than 170 encampments that house residents of L'Aquila, badly damaged by an April 6 quake.
Though pleased with Obama's meeting with Palestinian President Abbas Thursday, they are waiting to see if the US president will break from decades of failed US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Many see his decision to deliver a major speech in Egypt as a nod of tacit support for the regime's authoritarian rule.
The move to create a position to safeguard the country's computer networks comes as the Pentagon plans to create a military command for cyberwarfare.
The Obama team is helping to push the automaker's debt holders, unions, and executives toward tough choices, but the risks of intervention are many.