Here's the Wall Street Journal's take on the new NBC/WSJ poll: "President Barack Obama faces significant doubts from the American public about the war in Afghanistan and his handling of foreign policy… At the same time, he has shored up support for his top domestic priority following this month's health-care speech to Congress."
Here's our write-up: "As President Barack Obama weighs sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that Americans are concerned about the progress of the conflict there. Nearly six in 10 say they're less confident the war will come to a successful conclusion, and a narrow majority of respondents (51 percent) oppose sending more troops to Afghanistan. However, a majority of Americans (55 percent) also oppose an immediate and orderly withdrawal from that war zone, and the public is split over whether the conflict there has been worth the costs and casualties."
The Los Angeles Times previews Obama's speech to the U.N today. "President Obama will ask world leaders today to join him in confronting a range of vexing issues, including nuclear arms proliferation and climate change, and will appeal for the international cooperation he thinks will advance interests around the globe, aides said. In a morning address to the United Nations General Assembly, Obama will call for several specific commitments, including support for the major elements of a nonproliferation resolution he plans to introduce before the U.N. Security Council on Thursday."
The New York Daily News calls it a "day of dictators" at the U.N. today. "By luck of the world body's draw, Libya's self-proclaimed 'king of kings' Moammar Khadafy will take the podium at the UN immediately following Obama's debut speech to the Assembly in the morning. Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, trailed by chants of "Death to the Dictator" aimed at him in the streets of Tehran, has the stage in the afternoon before the 192 member nations, or however many show up."
The New York Daily News also calls yesterday's meeting between Netanyahu and Abbas, orchestrated by Obama, "extraordinarily rare." "It was Obama's most direct involvement in the Middle East peace process to date and underscored that - unlike his predecessor, President George W. Bush - Obama is willing to be an active participant in Middle East talks, even if no major breakthroughs are guaranteed." More: "There were still plenty of symbolic steps forward yesterday, beyond the first-ever handshake between Netanyahu and Abbas -- an iconic image that will no doubt find a permanent spot in Obama's diplomatic scrapbook. Tuesday's meeting marked the first trilateral talks of Obama's presidency and the first high-level meeting between Israelis and Palestinians in nearly a year."
The Kadafy tent on Donald Trump's property is tabloid fodder today.
Turning to health care… The Bipartisan Policy Center is hosting a breakfast this morning analyzing the health-care debate. Panelists include Tom Daschle, Families USA's Ron Pollack, John Rother of AARP, and PhRMA's Billy Tauzin. The event is moderated by the Atlantic Media's Ron Brownstein.