U.S. Secretary of State Rice visits Asia to boost the six-party deal, N.Y. Philharmonic plays in Pyongyang.
The Hollywood director resigned this week as artistic adviser to the Beijing games to protest China's Darfur policy.
With elections and economic woes, congressional approval of foreign trade accords will be an uphill battle.
A US-Iraq security pact won't set troop levels now, but it could set the stage for long-term strategy.
The shield has implications for Asia's security balance.