1. Why a breakthrough in Middle East peace may be at hand
From the Beirut Star: "To effect change in Israel, the Americans are launching various trial balloons. One is that, if the current process fails, Obama might issue his own plan, which many expect would be a near-carbon copy of the proposal made by President Bill Clinton’s administration in its last days a decade years ago."
2. A Chicago program for inner-city youngsters who are prone to kill
From The New York Times: "Individuals who are most likely to be involved in violence, either as offenders or victims, are personally engaged, talked with, counseled, cajoled — whatever it takes to prevent bloodshed."
From Hurriyet: "During the upcoming working visit, ... steps will be taken toward a durable peace and non-aggression treaty to slash the defense expenditures of both countries."
4. A pollster finds what is missing from American politics
From RealClearPolitics: "The American people don't want to be governed from the left, the right, or the center. The American people want to govern themselves."
5. A new way to train teachers