When armies sees familiar faces protesting on the street, they are less likely to shoot. Will Qaddafi's private military be as sympathetic?
To protect citizens from future autocrats, Egypt, Tunisia, and other Arab nations working toward democratic reforms should adopt a single, regional bill of rights among other agreements. The US helped Europe adopt such pacts after World War II, and it should help Arabs do the same now.
In addition to sinking $1 billion into the failed "virtual fence," the US government has spent $2.6 billion for 650 miles of solid border. This wall doesn’t deter people – but it does defy the laws that protect the land.
Best film? Best actor? There are dozens of ways of ranking films besides the Academy Awards. But the most important way is how you rank them.
A gradual increase in US gasoline taxes would bring a host of benefits, from deficit reduction to cleaner air to less reliance on autocratic nations. But Congress needs a long-term view to take this step now.
The hubris of Obama's DOMA decision should astound us. We have entered a brave new world – a world where the government has not only the authority to raise taxes, but to raze marriage. Where it has the authority not only to define speed limits, but to defy moral limits.
The Obama administration should encourage its allies to influence Qaddafi to flee to Belarus. Its brutal Lukashenko regime is Qaddafi's closest military and political ally. Qaddafi's departure to Belarus would be the best and fastest way to stop the bloodshed that he is unleashing in Libya.
We've blown it so far by thinking in terms of stability, or security. We should have been thinking most about values: our own. The opportunities for progress are far greater with a democratic Middle East. And the implications will dwarf both the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq.
Obama’s stance against the Defense of Marriage Act is a key milestone in what looks increasingly like irreversible progress toward full social – and legal – acceptance of gays and lesbians.
The Libyan strongman has few friends who would take him in. The outside world has few options to take him out.
The rise of ships, trains, and cars transformed cities and the way we live. Now it’s the Web’s turn.
Conservative Republicans want to cut Social Security, even though it's not a major contributor to US debt. A better solution to future Social Security shortfalls is a thriving economy.
Huckabee's biggest threat to Obama in the 2012 presidential race could be his claim that the economic recovery requires fixing America's broken family structure. But such views are not fully formed yet, which may be his weakness.
Despite the ongoing attempts of House Republicans to kill President Obama's health-care reform law, the history of America's intense debate over ratifying the Constitution should make us optimistic about the law being accepted, improved, and implemented.
Former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer explains why stressing social issues is not just good politics, it's crucial to revitalizing America.
Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, the big concern in Libya is whether there will be a competent caretaker government after Qaddafi's inevitable demise.
After security forces assaulted demonstrators in Bahrain's Pearl Square last week, 100,000 protesters rose up with even stronger demands yesterday. As the situation escalates, Obama must do more than denounce violence. The US must urge Bahrain to empower its crippled parliament.