In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama urged greater US competitiveness. But there's a big difference between cozying up to businesses and promoting policies that foster economic growth.
If President Obama is really committed to 'win the future,' he needs more than modest, bipartisan reforms. He needs bold plans to lift up America's most vulnerable, for the sake of the nation.
If it turns out that the Moscow airport bombing was caused by terrorists from the north Caucasus, the Kremlin will need to do more than talk tough and blame airport security.
The parenting questions Amy Chua's book raises are the questions facing the US. Should America be more hard-working and disciplined like China? Do Americans value free-expression and self-fulfillment too much?
A parent such as Chua who takes charge against an unrelenting culture of stupidity should be admired, not scorned. She should not be defending herself; instead, we should be taking notes.
Even as Russia mourns the dozens killed and hundreds wounded in yesterday's apparent suicide attack at Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow must take stock of its failed policy in the north Caucasus region. Coming after a series of suicide attacks from Chechen terrorists, this latest bombing shows that Russia is in the throes of a low-intensity civil war.
Digital advances such as the Internet are pushing events ever faster, for good or ill. The world needs to get ahead of this train to determine its path.
Tax deductions for charitable giving mean the rich can fund their pet causes while the government loses vital tax revenue. This loophole effectively takes the public good out of the hands of voter-elected representatives and subjects it to the whims of wealthy donors.
Words can harm. Words can heal. The best speeches ever delivered asked not for anything but the better angels of our nature.
Peter Orszag is an economic policy wonk who was director of the Office of Management and Budget. But Citigroup hired him less for his PhD or analytical dexterity than for his 'social capital.' It's a potent reminder that in business, as in politics, who you know (or who wants to know you) often counts more than that what you know.
The Jets are out, the Steelers are in. The Green Bay Packers ousted the Chicago Bears. And now we'll be subjected to weeks of adrenaline-pumping adjectives – a trend that has spread to politics and media, corroding our discourse.
Obama lists three key ingredients to improve America competitiveness: better schools, innovation, and infrastructure. Republicans cite the same list. Can they cook up something together?
The rise of democracies since World War II seemed to come region by region, from Africa to Latin America to Asia. Are Arab states of North Africa and the Middle East next?
The protesters who toppled Tunisia's dictator weren't advocating sharia or Islamic law. They were calling for freedom, democracy, and multiparty elections. Across the Arab Middle East, the generation that is leading the protest against dictatorship does not have an Islamist character.