Politics used to be the art of the possible. Now it's the art of making pledges that render dealmaking untenable.
Unlike their Asian peers, American students tend to measure success by innate ability instead of hard work. But China's (and Asia's) powerhouse performance on a recently released standardized test put American students – and their work ethic – to shame.
Julian Assange and WikiLeaks' indiscriminate release of hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables wasn't brave journalism or a victory for transparency. Rather, it erodes the code of trust – the relationships – between journalists and diplomats that enabled principled reporting.
Justice Kennedy will probably be the swing vote on a case concerning the individual mandate. Here is what he may well say against this linchpin of the Obama health-care law.
Direct talks failed over settlements. Now it's indirect talks over core issues. But if Netanyahu couldn't deliver on settlements, which he called a 'peripheral' issue, how can he agree on more fundamental problems?
Tackling the $13.8 trillion federal debt isn't a partisan issue. It's a matter of America's future prosperity. Extending Bush-era tax cuts may make economic sense now, but President Obama and Congress must come together and make tough decisions to cut spending and raise revenue.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is using further quantitative easing to lift the US economy. But there's a big difference between creating more money and creating more value.
Sometimes, people who aren't members of our tribe seem not to know what to think of us. Give America's soldiers your support, not your pity.
A recent study shows Millennial women want independence but also seek multiple perspectives – a refreshing counter to this polarized political climate. Pay attention: Self-determined, networking Millennial women will alter the world we know.
The Obama tax plan, if passed, would build trust between Republicans and Democrats. The next step could be tax simplification. The Reagan-era reforms provided helpful lessons.
Failing to understand the real motive of suicide terrorists – anger over Western occupation of their land – means missing major attacks because we're looking for the wrong targets.
Extending current income tax rates will actually help the economy.
WikiLeaks itself, and the secretive hackers who disrupted websites in support, can't claim pure transparency for government but not for themselves. Julian Assange must practice what he preaches.
Fears that the debt crisis will spread to a big economy like Spain should compel Europe to come together to meet this challenge.