WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama, facing daunting domestic challenges, may have another tough battle on his hands: maintaining the United States' growing popularity throughout the world.
And the spotlight will focus on global issues this week.
On Tuesday, Obama meets with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders separately and then jointly. He will also meet late that day with Chinese President Hu Jintao and speak to the Clinton Global Initiative meeting.
The president meets Wednesday with Japan's new prime minister and addresses the U.N. General Assembly. Later, he will meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev - their first face to face meeting since Obama's decision to scale back U.S. missile defense plans in the Czech Republic. Later Friday, Obama will take part in two G-20 meetings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, focused on the global economy.
Coming up with a plan to deal with the worldwide recession, experts have said, will be a key challenge for Obama.
"When it comes to the global economic crisis, publics around the world tend to see the U.S. as having a negative impact on their own economies right now," said Richard Wike, associate director for the Pew Global Attitudes Project.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission outlined rules on Monday that would prohibit Internet providers from selectively blocking Web content and applications.
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said his proposal would formalize the concept of "Net neutrality." On Monday he added two tenets to an existing set of four industry guidelines that have been recommended by the agency since 2005.
An FCC panel will vote on whether to turn these guidelines into official commission rules sometime in October.
"This is not about government regulation of the Internet," Genachowski said. "It's about fair rules of the road for companies that control access to the Internet."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Buttressed by a new poll that shows the Virginia governor's race tightening, Democrat Creigh Deeds launched a pair of tough new ads Monday that once again call attention to Republican Bob McDonnell's controversial master's thesis.
Both of the 30-second ads are running across the commonwealth and in northern Virginia, where Deeds has jumped to a 17-point lead over McDonnell among likely voters, according to a Washington Post poll released on Sunday.
One month ago, before McDonnell's writings about working women and homosexuality were revealed, the two men were running about even in northern Virginia, the most densely-populated region of the state. Much of that turnaround can be attributed to independent women, who are now split between Deeds and McDonnell after favoring McDonnell by nearly 30 points in August.
One of the ads - entitled "Why did you?" - features several women speaking into the camera as they tick through elements of McDonnell's thesis and voting record on abortion. "Mr. McDonnell, we've read your words," the women say. "We've checked your record. Why did you vote that way?
Another ad, called "Conversation," flashes a series of questions and answers about McDonnell's thesis onto the screen. "How old was he when he wrote it?" a voice asks. The answer: "McDonnell was thirty-four, married, and attending Pat Robertson's Law School."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Federal accident investigators Monday closed the books on the mysterious and dangerous deployment of an evacuation chute aboard a Barack Obama campaign plane in the summer of 2008.
The chute deployed because it wasn't properly fastened to the floor and it shifted when the plane made a steeper-than-normal takeoff, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
But investigators weren't able to determine why the chute container wasn't properly secured to the floor in the first place.
The board's report gives two possible explanations, but indicates neither could be established as the cause.
NEW YORK (CNN) - This time, Rick Lazio isn't deferring to Rudy Giuliani.
The former Republican congressman from Long Island is expected Tuesday morning to formally announce that he's running for governor of New York. The announcement, scheduled to take place in Albany, New York, comes as former New York City mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani contemplates his own bid for the governor's office. Giuliani has said he will decide on a run later this year.
It was a different story in the 2000 campaign, when Lazio deferred to Giuliani in the race to take on then-First Lady Hillary Clinton for an open U.S. Senate seat in New York. Lazio held back as Giuliani declared his candidacy. When Giuliani dropped out of the race five months before Election Day, Lazio stepped in as his replacement, losing to Clinton in by 12 points.
Most recent polls of Republican voters in New York suggest Giuliani would trounce Lazio in a hypothetical GOP primary matchup. Those same surveys indicate Lazio and New York Gov. David Paterson are deadlocked in a hypothetical general election matchup.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - President Obama on Monday pushed his plans to make the nation's economy more stable in the future by investing in education for high-tech industries.
Speaking at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., Obama emphasized the need to encourage entrepreneurship and international
He also reiterated his call for increased investment in green energy technology, electronic health records and manufacturing advanced vehicles.
"Our strategy begins where innovation so often does: in the classroom and in the laboratory - and in the networks that connect them to the broader economy," the president said in prepared remarks. "These are the building blocks of innovation: education, infrastructure, and research."
The administration says its under its new innovation strategy, $100 billion of economic stimulus funds will be used to support innovation,
additional support for education, infrastructure and other investments.
New York Gov. David Paterson greeted President Obama in Troy, New York Monday, one day after the New York Times reported the president has indirectly asked Paterson not to run for reelection. CNN's Ed Henry reports the two embraced and spoke briefly to each other. (Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama called former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder about making an endorsement in the state’s closely watched governor’s race, Wilder confirmed to CNN on Monday.
Wilder wouldn’t reveal what exactly was discussed on the call, which occurred “two or three weeks ago.” But he said of the President: “Obviously he was interested in making sure certain Democrats win.”
“It was a good talk, it was a nice talk,” he said. “It’s always good to talk to the president.”
Wilder, a Democrat who became the nation’s first African-American governor in 1990, campaigned actively for Obama in Virginia during last year’s presidential race.
But Wilder – who also served as mayor of Richmond from 2004 to 2008 - has been reluctant to endorse the Democrat in this year's governor's race, state Sen. Creigh Deeds, and has criticized Deeds for not defining himself in the campaign. At the same time, Wilder has spoken warmly about Deeds’ Republican rival, Bob McDonnell, sparking chatter that he might buck his own party and endorse McDonnell.
(CNN) - The Republican National Committee reported Monday raising $7.8 million in the month of August, besting its Democratic counterpart by $1 million over the same 30-day period.
During a month of heightened GOP attacks against President Obama's health care reform proposals, the RNC also reported averaging 9,306 donations for each day of August and an average individual contribution of $41. The committee said it has $21 million cash on hand and $0 in debt.
According to a weekend filing with the Federal Elections Commission, the DNC raised $6.8 million last month, and has just over $15 million cash on hand. The organization is also carrying more than $5 million in debt.
(CNN) - Call it interesting timing.
New York Gov. David A. Paterson attends an economy event with President Barack Obama today in Troy, New York.
The event comes one day after Paterson said he will run next year for election for a full term as governor, despite a New York Times report that said the White House is "urging" him to withdraw.
Senior White House officials deny the report, which said that President Obama "sent a request" to Paterson. The paper described it as "an extraordinary intervention into a state political race by the president."
The Times report cited "two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation."
Speaking to CNN, White House officials acknowledged that aides have conveyed to Paterson's camp that they are aware of Paterson's unpopularity at home and the political troubles it could cause.