More confident and experienced after 18 months in office, Obama shows a welcomed personal touch with leaders, such as those of Israel, Russia, and China.
America needs to boost its confidence in the economy in order to fend off a stalled recovery or a double dip back into recession. It can do this by balancing gloomy news with encouraging signs, and seizing opportunities where others might see only risks.
The Department of Justice lawsuit argues a similar point as the Arizona immigration law: The federal government has limited resources for enforcement. If both sides agree on that, then Obama must beef up the resources.
Four months after the election, Iraq still has no new government. In a surprise visit over the July 4th weekend, Vice President Biden rightly urged leaders in Baghdad to form an inclusive government, one that puts national interests above those of individual politicians.
Obama has done much for Netanyahu and Israel in advance of Tuesday's White House meeting. Now the prime minister must deliver, especially in furthering a freeze on Jewish settlements.
Up and down the Gulf coast you hear local officials and others complain that they are being ignored in the response to the Gulf oil spill. That must change.
The best hope for a climate-change bill this year is one that would mandate use of alternative energy sources for electric utilities. Many states are already doing this, and Congress should follow – especially when it can't lead on global warming.
In his Senate confirmation hearing to become the war's new commander, Petraeus says it is more a matter of tweaks than a redesign of the campaign. Indeed, the strategy has yet to be fully implemented. Now is not the time to change it.
The Supreme Court gun rights decision leaves a door open for more restrictions on guns. Gun-control advocates need to make sure it stays open.
Recent reports show the overall economy in Africa growing and reforming. Foreign investors are recognizing this. Foreign donors, such as the G8, must, too.
After replacing Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan, President Obama can use this opportunity to explain his current thinking about the trade-off between containing the war's costs and his goal of leaving no safe-haven for al Qaeda.
If Russian President Medvedev wants to lure Western investors to his country, he will have to follow through on promises to reduce corruption and lawlessness. That will require real reforms.
The Bush administration focused mainly on the chronically homeless, whose numbers have dropped 30 percent since 2006. An Obama plan wisely builds on that foundation to help more of the homeless, such as families and veterans.
The partial revaluation of the yuan does hint at a China becoming a better market economy, one that allows its citizens to make their own economic choices.
An attempt in Congress to carve an exemption for the National Rifle Association (NRA) in a campaign-reform bill only adds to the anti-incumbent mood in America.
Foreign pressure worked in forcing Israel to partially life its blockade of Gaza and its Hamas leadership. Now President Obama knows that more pressure can help make progress on peace talks.
It's past time, and high time, for NATO to reshape itself for the threats of this century, from terrorism to cyberwar. But budget cuts, a difficult war in Afghnistan, and a preoccupation with a debt crisis will make this a hard sell.
The televised speech by President Obama about the Gulf oil spill is more more action to help force BP -- and other companies --- to create a conscience in all their workers about the public good.
In weighing another bailout for teachers, Congress has the opportunity to motivate states to change seniority rules that restrict flexibility in hiring and firing.
The Gulf oil spill was supposed to help push through a climate-change bill. Instead, Obama must now fight harder for an energy bill that at least helps make carbon use more expensive.