The secretary of state's humility in reaching out to Mexico is part of Obama's plan to change sinking world opinion of the US.
The missile launch is believed to be a military test, though Pyongyang insists it is launching a satellite.
Competition for resources, ‘climate migrants,’ failed states are among top concerns.
Charles Freeman, nominee for chair of the National Intelligence Council, blames pro-Israeli lobbyists for scuttling his nomination.
Defense Secretary Gates said Tehran was not close to having a bomb. A new report in which senior advisers to Obama participated urges further sanctions.
But defenders of Panetta say he could bring valuable management skills to the job.
McCain has the experience, but Obama may be more open to Pentagon advice.