President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is praised in many countries as a reflection of a "new hope" in world politics, but others worry it came too soon. A global roundup of views.
But there's more heavy political lifting ahead. Liberals in the House are set to fight for a public option.
Meanwhile, Congress is now likely to add sexual orientation to federal hate crimes law, and President Obama will address a major gay-rights organization Saturday night.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal included an option to send at least 60,000 more US troops to Afghanistan.
2009 Nobel Peace Prize to Obama reflects European appreciation for his cooperative, engaged approach to world politics.
President Obama plays basketball with members of congress and cabinet secretaries Thursday. He likes to push himself so hard that he once destroyed a sneaker in a pickup game.
Barack and Michelle Obama, with Sasha and Malia, host a star-gazing party at the White House with student astronomers and celebrity astronauts.
The White House debate over a troop-heavy counterinsurgency versus more targeted strikes against Al Qaeda is a false choice, some experts say. One is needed to complement the other.
Could the fight within the Obama administration and outside critics (Palin) be a sign that the debate is really about the terms of a coalition exit?