Social media, a slow economy, and other trends are forcing big changes in holiday gift-giving and charity donations. But trends in giving still point toward the spirit of Christmas.
The big breakthrough at the Durban climate talks was that India, China, and other big carbon emitters agreed to seek a legal pact with the West by 2015. A global problem needs a global solution.
Car and truck sales surged in November for General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. The reasons for their rebound from the gloom of 2009 provides lessons for other American industries.
Protests planned for Saturday in Russian cities are a cry for dignity and respect. They deserve moral support from Obama, not Putin's heavy hand.
The Obama Justice Department scored the first conviction under a 2006 law that outlaws online gaming, including poker. More convictions may be coming. But monied interests are pushing Congress to scrap the law.
In a meeting Monday with university leaders, Obama pushed for ways to lower tuition and other reforms. But he must tie federal aid to holding faculty accountable for what students learn.
The voters' blow to Putin in the Russian election is another example of the different popular reactions to inept economic management – and is part of the global contest between models of governance.
As Israel warns of attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities, Obama must strongly embrace a cold-war-style strategy of containment. Iran's regime is based on flawed ideas that can collapse it.
Two governors have asked the DEA to reclassify marijuana for medical use. But their real problem is in not opposing the backdoor ruse for legalization of cannabis.
Merkel seeks fiscal prudence and other German-like economic practices in euro countries in return for more bailouts or Eurobonds. Is Berlin now Europe's moral leader?
Burma's regime seeks distance from China by welcoming a Clinton visit. And the US can help bring freedom to Burma (Myanmar), but it must better understand legitimacy in this Buddhist society.
Greece ignited the euro debt crisis with a big lie about its deficit, and now the man hired to clean up its statistics faces charges of national betrayal. Keeping euro nations honest is a key to Europe's economic recovery.
The NCAA will 'examine' Penn State's loss of control over its sports program following the sex and coverup scandal. But the NCAA needs a robust solution to break the culture of sports dominance in colleges.
Protests in Cairo since Friday reveal the grab for dominance by the military and Muslim Brotherhood in coming elections. Civilian, secular authority is needed for a clean transition to democracy.
The Denver quarterback openly speaks about his religion. Is there anything wrong with that?
With the cost of retirement plans soaring, public employees need to do their part in balancing state budgets.
An international meeting later this month won’t take big steps, but it can hold everyone’s feet to the fire.
At the root of the debt crisis lies a bigger question: What kind of union do Europeans want?
California and other states have created nonpartisan commissions to redraw congressional districts. The result may be more competitive races and a healthier democracy.
A child-sex scandal shakes a university and takes down a revered football coach. But students have the opportunity to help restore a high moral and ethical standard.