A supporter of pro-Taliban cleric Sufi Muhammad waits outside the mosque where negotiations between the leader and government officials are taking place, in Mingora, capital of the troubled Swat Valley in Pakistan Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009.
This week President Barack Obama made his first major speech to a joint session of Congress. He also laid out a $3.6 trillion budget proposal and a plan to withdraw most combat forces in Iraq by August 2010. Meanwhile, Pakistan's government offered a peace deal to Taliban militants in the country's Swat Valley, and Mexico is reeling from escalating drug violence.
Host Scott Simon discusses the week's news with NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr.