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Obama agenda: In agreement?

Here's the New York Times wrapping up Obama's day in China: "President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China met in private off Tiananmen Square here on a frigid Tuesday morning to discuss issues like trade, climate change and the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea, in a session that signaled the central role of China on the world stage. The leaders told reporters afterward that the United States and China were in agreement on a range of issues, but they spoke only in general terms."

The Washington Post adds, "A stiff joint appearance by Obama and Hu in the Great Hall of the People overlooking Tiananmen Square crystallized the state of the relationship between the two world powers: increasingly important to both countries, but also curiously bereft of warmth or intimacy."

The AP looks at Obama's bow -- which is being criticized on the right -- and it finds lots of spin in opponents' criticism: "While it may have been an awkward moment, it wasn't without precedent. And it appeared to be well within protocol guidelines that the State Department issues for foreign service officers working in other countries."

According to Politico, "White House aides say the approach is deliberate – part of Obama's determination to deliver on his campaign promise of directly engaging friends and enemies alike, giving America a less belligerent posture abroad. 'I think it's very important for the United States not to assume that what is good for us is automatically good for somebody else,' Obama told the students at the town hall, in Shanghai. 'And we have to have some modesty about our attitudes towards other countries.'"

David Paterson, who shall we say is no longer on the best of terms with the Obama White House, disagrees with the administration trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court in New York. "His comments made him one of a few Democrats to take that stand and underscored his schism with the White House. 'This is not a decision that I would have made,' the governor said. 'New York was very much the epicenter of that attack; over 2,700 lives were lost.'" 

More: "'It's very painful,' he added. 'We're still having trouble getting over it. We still have been unable to rebuild that site, and having those terrorists tried so close to the attack is going to be an encumbrance on all New Yorkers.'"

Turning to domestic issues, TARP's inspector general says the Fed mishandled the AIG bailout.