Like Americans, Germans get frustrated by big government, but they share a conviction that it has a mandate to provide security and help citizens help themselves. America's ideological standoff over government's role, meanwhile, is paralyzing its politics and thwarting economic progress.
To win in 2012, Democrats must rebrand themselves. Country music lyrics could help.
Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick committed a horrible crime and served time in jail. But President Obama says people like Vick deserve a second chance. What could be more in the spirit of Christmas?
Congress can cut the budget without hurting Social Security, Medicare, and other social insurance programs.
A presidential commission lays out a reasonable path forward in exploring the potential of synthetic biology, a possible boon to energy, environmental cleanup, and medicine. But its report should also spark an ongoing debate.
The US is pushing the militaries of South Korea and Japan to cooperate in the face of aggression by North Korea and China's military buildup. The two are allies of the US. Why not each other?
After President Obama's debt commission, Social Security is becoming a popular target for fiscal hawks. But Social Security will never add a dime to the debt, and Washington ought to be paying more attention to an actual crisis: the retirement income deficit.
From Egypt to Cambodia, countries that enjoy good relations with the US are cracking down on NGOs that monitor human rights and support civil society. If the US is serious about supporting freedom abroad, it can't continue sending taxpayer dollars to repressive regimes.
The bogus second conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon turned prominent dissident, calls for both President Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Putin's protégé, to stand up strongly for the rule of law in Russia.
Every year has its ups and downs. Every new calendar is an opportunity to do better. And guess what? Over the long run, things are actually getting better.
The $578 million price tag for the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools complex in Los Angeles is hard to justify at a time when many schools are turning to desperate measures to save teachers' jobs. Voters must respond by pushing profligate public schools to be as frugal as charter schools.
Political apathy and civic ineptitude are stalling democracy in America. In order to get real change, we must amend the Constitution to require civics education and testing in America's schools.
Studies show that happiness is directly linked to conversations that are substantial, not superficial. Yet our communications are dominated by quick electronic exchanges. In a high-stress era like ours, we need to tap into our most valuable resource – each other. That's why I talk to strangers.
Decades of food delivery and 'miracle' seeds haven't addressed underlying causes of hunger. But new efforts to replicate Africa's original ecosystems are generating impressive, sustainable results.
On Dec. 19, prices for basics from bread to gasoline jumped after the Iranian government ended subsidies. How will this turmoil influence Iran's negotiating position over its nuclear program? And what about my Persian saffron for cooking?