Capturing Osama bin Laden was fraught with peril, not only for the SEALs but for the US legal system. Still, might it also have raise America's moral stature with Muslims, and reflected the nonviolence principles of the Arab Spring – as well as Obama?
What did Pakistan know about bin Laden's whereabouts? Lawmakers in Congress demand an answer, and threaten aid restrictions. But for better or for worse, America must support Pakistan.
The killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by Navy SEALs was a victory not just for America. It comes as Muslims in the Arab Spring are killing off visions like Al Qaeda's that deny individual rights in the name of authoritarian rule.
The Arab Spring has inspired young Palestinians to protest for an elected, unified government. Hamas has agreed – a hint that its moderates may be gaining influence. Don't dismiss the pact too quickly.
It's not easy to prepare an entire city for a mile-wide tornado like the one that hit Tuscaloosa in Alabama. That makes individual preparedness – and rescue and recovery – especially important. Obama will tour the area Friday.
In first press conference by a Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke allowed Americans to better understand the Fed's critical reasoning on inflation – now driven by higher gas and food prices.
President Obama and Republicans eye rising gasoline prices and think 2012. Too many of their responses aren't aimed at weaning America off oil.
As America bumps up against the debt ceiling, Republicans and Democrats are talking about controlling the deficit through targets and triggers. Whether such a plan works depends on its design.
The 'Great Friday' protests in Syria, the largest so far, also saw President Assad's forces commit mass murder. Western leaders like Obama can no longer sit on the fence, hoping Assad is a reformer.
Immunity or prosecution for the dictators of Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya? Trends favor prosecution, but it must be justly carried out.
NATO admits it can't help keep Qaddafi forces from slaughtering civilians in Libya's third-largest city, Misurata, which is keey to the rebels' aims. Obama faces a humanitarian choice, as he did with Benghazi.
In one year, energy disasters in the Gulf and at Fukushima point to the challenge of human control over complex technology.
Federal indictments of online poker websites Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker should be a sign of further diligence against cybergambling.
A military stalemate could result in de facto partition of Libya, with Muammar Qaddafi controlling the west and rebels the east. That wouldn't be good for Libya or regional stability.
Votes in Congress on budget cuts are being closely watched by China, the markets, and others. Will Democrats and Republicans end Washington's profligate spending and help keep the US dollar as the supreme global currency?
Finally, the president has put forward a plan to substantially cut the deficit. It contrasts sharply with that of House Republican Ryan. Now a full debate can begin.
The world should be grateful for France's leading military roles in Libya and Ivory Coast. But the country is hardly replicating its historic role as la grande nation.
On the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, it's worth looking back at how this translation spread the idea of self-government, in America and beyond.
Current foreign aid models don't fit 21st-century needs, a World Bank report suggests. Ending people's fear of their own rulers – through better governance – is the key to development.
With the push for recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations and with the Middle East in turmoil, time is no longer on the side of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.