His top generals reveal an internal debate over the risks of a premature troop pullout in Afghanistan. Like modern-war commanders, Obama is mainly a risk assessor.
What do Greece, Washington, and potential mortgage-skippers have in common? They're on the verge of debt default. Why the ethical disregard about the effects of default on others?
No matter what President Obama does after his speech on a partial troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, it is Afghans themselves who must rise up against the brutal tactics of the Taliban.
The dissenting opinion in the Wal-Mart sex-discrimination ruling presumes male managers are guilty of bias. And in the health care law, an assumption of guilt about people not paying medical bills lies behind the mandate to buy insurance.
From Syria to Morocco, repressive leaders at least now admit the woes their regimes cause. That admission can lead to success for pro-democracy protests.
Despite a big leap in the use of prayer for health among Americans, the government has decided not to study it as a complement or alternative to medicine.
Turkey, after seeing atrocities in Syria, joins a club of other regional, democratic powers like Brazil and Indonesia helping their neighbors.
Obama will decide soon on an initial troop withdrawal. Afghan women fear a big drawdown will signal US willingness to negotiate a weak peace deal on rights with the Taliban.
New test scores on history and civics reveal how little American students know their nation's past. Yet such knowledge is essential for active citizens.
When soldiers refused to shoot protesters in Egypt and Tunisia, the revolution began. Now reports of mutiny in Syria suggest the Assad regime's crackdown has gone too far.
Countries that back the NATO campaign in Libya and the Libyan rebels themselves are only starting to plan what's next, even while confidence grows that Qaddafi will be gone.
Overcoming fear is half the battle in the Arab Spring. As Syria's violence worsens, the West gets over its fears.
The party of Prime Minister Erdogan is expected to do well in parliamentary elections on Sunday, returning him to a third term. But it's hardly business as usual in Turkey.
Obama welcomes Chancellor Merkel on the first state visit of a European leader during his term. But tensions challenge the 'indispensable' alliance between the US and Germany.
Yemen's leader must not be allowed to return. America's interest lies in the democratic aspirations of young Arabs, not oil. Obama should shift the Saudi relationship to one of universal values.
The Department of Education's new rules aimed at making sure graduates of career colleges find 'gainful employment' could be a starting point for Congress to demand accountability of all higher education.
Germany will abandon nuclear power by 2022. That helps Chancellor Merkel politically, but will probably cost her country economically, environmentally, and even strategically.
The killing of a Syrian boy is the latest catalyst for Middle East protests. From Iran to Tunisia, young martyrs have exposed a regime's brutality.
The land-grab in Sudan's Abyei region serves no one, not even dictator Bashir who instigated it.
New data show the effects of aborting fetuses and the killing of baby girls on Asia's two giants. Such nations need more gender equality and appreciation for daughters.