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Americans still high on Obama, but…

For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days of his presidency to lift the public's mood and inspire hopes for a brighter future.

Intensely worried about their personal finances and medical expenses, Americans nonetheless appear realistic about the time Obama might need to turn things around, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. It shows most Americans consider their new president to be a strong, ethical and empathetic leader who is working to change Washington.

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Obama sends the right signals

With forays to Mexico and the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, Barack Obama has succeeded in conveying a new U.S. attitude -- and policy direction -- for relations with Latin America.

The trips were preceded by policy actions.

His April 16 visit with President Felipe Calderón in Mexico City was intended to show solidarity in Mexico's fight against drug-trafficking cartels.

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Nuke-free world: Easier said than done

President Barack Obama has moved to address another presidential campaign promise by urging the worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons. He made the point with notable drama as well as attention in Prague in the Czech Republic earlier this month.

The President explicitly linked this very positive proposal to support for new efforts to negotiate nuclear stability with Iran. That radical Islamic regime is engaging in very substantial long-term nuclear development, while denying that any weapons efforts are part of their program.

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Obama’s made-for-TV-news presidency

Not since the financially endowed Howard Hughes designed for the otherwise endowed Jane Russell the world's first cantilevered, under-wired strapless bra -- lifting her to prominence in his film, "The Outlaw" -- has a "New Foundation" debuted with such global prominence.

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Obama plays superstar at CIA

President Barack Obama heaped praise on the CIA, vowing his "full support" and telling employees not to be discouraged by his release of stunning details on the agency's harsh terror interrogations.

The president reassured the embattled spies at their Virginia headquarters amid a heated controversy over his release of secret memos detailing Bush-era interrogations of terror suspects denounced as torture by critics.

If there were hard feelings, they weren't on public display at the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Obama set to sign national service bill

The AmeriCorps program started by President Bill Clinton will triple in size over the next eight years, and tens of thousands of other Americans will soon see new opportunities to give back to their communities.

It's all part of a $5.7 billion national service bill President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign Tuesday to foster and fulfill people's desire to make a difference, such as by mentoring children, cleaning up parks or building and weatherizing homes for the poor.

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Obama to agency heads: Give me budget cuts

President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask all of his department and agency heads for specific proposals for cutting their budgets at his Cabinet meeting early next week as he searches for ways to streamline government spending.

Obama, who is attending the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad this weekend, said in his weekly radio and Internet address that he would make the request for cuts Monday at a Cabinet meeting.

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