Officials describe Jared Loughner as a lone actor who is mentally unbalanced. Despite the uniqueness of the case, the Arizona shooting raises big issues, from lax gun laws to demonization in political discourse.
With unemployment rate likely to stay high for years, Obama is running out of federal solutions. He has turned to business for help, but his political pivot now requires more credibility.
The challenges in Iraq are endless, and they all seem urgent. That's why it's important for Maliki and his new unity government to focus on the most important ones.
The Queensland floods and other recent record-breaking weather events can help push Australia further toward becoming a world leader in adapting to the predicted effects of global warming.
Minority Christians -- called Copts -- rightly complain that no one goes to jail for religious attacks on them. Egypt and other countries must reverse this practice of impunity for perpetrators.
The US helped quell the deadly conflict in Africa's largest country. After the Jan. 9 referendum on sucession in south Sudan, President Obama can't afford to let fighting resume.
The Conservative prime minister, David Cameron, lays out a vision for his 'big society,' one in which people donate and volunteer more. Ideas range from donating at ATMs to eBay-style trading of volunteer work. Is this America's future?
The NFL's regular season ends this weekend and the playoffs to determine the Super Bowl matchup come next. Pro football, as well as hockey's NHL, must further reduce head injuries and provide a better example for young athletes on how to avoid concussions.
The November election sent a message of no more bailouts. Yet many states could default on debts in 2012, forcing a crisis. What can be done now?
A presidential commission lays out a reasonable path forward in exploring the potential of synthetic biology, a possible boon to energy, environmental cleanup, and medicine. But its report should also spark an ongoing debate.
The bogus second conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon turned prominent dissident, calls for both President Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Putin's protégé, to stand up strongly for the rule of law in Russia.
This was a remarkably productive lame-duck session that required compromise between Republicans and Democrats. Now that Americans have tasted that, they'll want more -- not less.
The new Shiite-led coalition government in Iraq includes Sunnis in high posts. That, and other successes, spell a strategic advantage for America in the Middle East.
Defenders of autocrats in Belarus and Ivory Coast warn the world not to interfere in internal affairs in those countries. The world should do just that.
The FCC may vote Tuesday on rules for Internet broadband as a way to set its authority over this fast-changing industry. But it should let Congress take the lead on web issues such as net neutrality.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms wants gun dealers on the southern border to report bulk sales of assault weapons for six months. These semiautomatic rifles are popular with Mexican drug cartels. More than the AFT's temporary measure is needed.
To reverse a sharp drop in public support for the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Obama should go far beyond an 'update' on his administration's review of the war.
Backers of marijuana legalization are not dissuaded by the November defeat of California Proposition 19. Expect them to regroup for 2012. Those who oppose legalization must also mobilize, led by Obama and his administration.
Justice Kennedy will probably be the swing vote on a case concerning the individual mandate. Here is what he may well say against this linchpin of the Obama health-care law.
Direct talks failed over settlements. Now it's indirect talks over core issues. But if Netanyahu couldn't deliver on settlements, which he called a 'peripheral' issue, how can he agree on more fundamental problems?