Using trade as a tool for market advantage or as a substitute for war has its limits. China went too far in cutting exports of rare-earth minerals to Japan. Will the US go too far in punishing China on currency manipulation?
At a Monitor breakfast, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, suggested an increase in co-pays that would affect military retirees and their families. Their co-pays haven't been raised for 15 years. Should they pay more, like other Americans have had to?
The new documentary "Waiting for Superman" makes clear the dismal state of American public schools. But forces of change are aligned now more than ever before. Three key factors create a real possibility for education reform.
The targeted killing of Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, without due process, would violate the gold standard of international law set by the Nuremberg trials – and defy the US Constitution.
Next week, the White House hosts a summit on community colleges. The schools, so vital to training and job skills, need support from all sectors of society.
The son of 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il who seems favored to lead North Korea, Kim Jong-un, is probably not even 30 years old. And yet he may soon have his finger on a nuclear trigger.
America's engagement in Afghanistan remains vital. Now is the time to renew our resolve and pursue our broad-based strategy, not look for an exit.
Sure, the tea party is energizing the Republican base. But it's also causing a significant number of missed opportunities, a rejuvenated Democratic base, and a fractured and uncontrolled Republican caucus.
The ruling elite of North Korea meet this week and may anoint a successor to Kim Jong-il -- possibly his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, who was made a military general. This leadership transition, however, won't go easily. China needs to stop propping up a weak, violent regime.
Thanks to the tea party, Washington politicians are paying closer attention to voters – even those who don't support the tea party.
At the UN, Obama put his presidency on the line with his hopeful statements about the fragile Middle East peace talks. But now is exactly the time for risk taking. Above all, by Abbas and Netanyahu.
As we saw in the 1970s, new energy technologies blossom when oil gets expensive. We can raise the price of fossil fuels again without hurting consumers – if we implement a fee and rebate system.
Young people aren't really "going to the dogs." With their upbeat, service-oriented drive to help others, Millennials give this flawed age an important counter-force for progress.
The photos in the House Republicans' new Pledge to America booklet show what conservatives love about America – and reveal a huge hole in their agenda.