Major elements of his proposal must be cleared by Congress – something he hopes to achieve this year.
Gay-rights advocates want the president to live up to his campaign promises, but he might be wary of taking up their cause with so much already on his plate.
California proposes new taxes and budget cuts as it struggles to tame its $24.3 billion deficit.
Other countries, too, are part of the effort to block the transport of nuclear materials.
Twelve more countries are on the US watch list this year for failing to combat trafficking, as the recession makes workers vulnerable to exploitation.
If the building blocks of the Palestinian state-in-waiting are allowed to fall apart, the prospects for peace will collapse, too.