The Washington Post: "President Obama persuaded 46 countries Tuesday to sign on to a plan to put the world's nuclear material beyond the reach of terrorists within four years, but the commitments are voluntary, and experts said reaching the goal will be difficult. The governments attending Obama's Nuclear Security Summit agreed to take their own measures to safeguard nuclear material used in bombs, civilian nuclear reactors and power plants, and to strengthen international efforts. The gathering raised the profile of an issue long considered a sideshow in discussions of international security."
"When he took office last year, President Obama told his foreign policy advisers that he had two baskets of issues to deal with. The first would be the legacy issues left from his predecessor, like Iraq, Afghanistan and America's image in the world. The second would be his own agenda for the future," the New York Times says. "After 15 months addressing the vexing matters he inherited, Mr. Obama is now aggressively advancing his own vision of foreign policy and defining himself more clearly on the world stage. The 47-nation conference on nuclear security he wrapped up on Tuesday represented a chance to assert proactive leadership rather than simply showing that he is not George W. Bush."
First Lady Michelle Obama sits down with NBC's Savannah Guthrie later today in Mexico City. Mrs. Obama arrived in Mexico at about 915pm ET Tuesday night, after a surprise trip to Haiti. She was greeted at the airport by the US Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual, Mexican Ambassador to the US Arturo Sarukhan, a group of girl guides and young Red Cross representatives, among others. Today she plans to meet with Mexico's first lady, tour a museum, visit an elementary school and give a speech at a university. The interview airs tonight on NBC Nightly News.
The Washington Post on what Obama will announce on Thursday in Florida: "President Obama will announce plans Thursday to revise and retain one element of the discarded Constellation rocket and space capsule system, commit to selecting a rocket capable of carrying astronauts to deep space within five years and allocate $40 million to put together a job-retraining program for Florida space workers who will lose their positions when the space shuttle is grounded next year."
"Addressing workers, astronauts and lawmakers in a much-anticipated speech at the Kennedy Space Center, Obama will flesh out the new NASA architecture for returning Americans to space that was first proposed in his 2011 budget announcement. Those proposals -- to kill the Constellation program that was supposed to return humans to the moon and to jump-start development of a commercial space industry that could take its place -- met with substantial bipartisan opposition."
The AP says the moves "are designed to counter criticism of the Obama administration's space plans as being low on detail, physical hardware and local jobs."