A bad economy and better news from Iraq may be helping to increase interest in and support for enlistment.
The President-elect is likely to rely on Republicans as well as Democrats to advise him and carry out policy.
The goal is continuity in international relationships with a clear break from Bush’s approach.
Poppy cultivation fell by about 20 percent, after two years of record harvests.
Some Arabs see him as more of an 'honest broker' in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But that conflict may not be a priority.