President Obama is in Europe this week, working on overseas alliances and the G-8 summit. Here at home, the race to replace him in 2012 is drawing more attention than his presidential trip. And the Republican field keeps shifting.
Saudi King Abdullah months ago promised changes in what analysts say was a bid to quiet growing frustrations in the desert kingdom. But now, much of the king's words are ringing hollow with many Saudis who say they see little change.
Before heading to Ireland at the start of his European tour, President Obama on Sunday spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest group of Israel supporters in the U.S. He reiterated his call for substantive peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.