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.
California voters approved Prop. 14 on Tuesday, allowing the top two candidates in a primary to advance to the general election -- regardless of party. Backers say it will produce moderate elected officials. Perhaps. But it may also move the state away from the party system.
Good showings for female Republican candidate in Tuesday's primaries hold the promise of more women in elected office, reflecting society's faster pace toward gender equity.
Europe looks to be serious about the structural change needed to solve its deficit and debt challenge. Will the US follow suit?
The first World Cup in Africa is bound to spotlight the big challenges on the continent. But it's also an opportunity for Africans to be inspired, to better connect to the world and with each other.
Gaza flotilla deaths notwithstanding, government leaders in Turkey are inflaming regional tensions and undermining their own goals with their response to the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound ships.
The resignation of German President Horst Köhler over remarks about the use of armed forces to defend German economic interests points again to the need for a more normal view of the military in that country.
Save tourist beaches or marine life? Protect coastal homes or marshes for birds? Such choices during the Gulf oil spill point to a need to rethink human life on the planet -- just as the spill itself does.
An independent probe and a vigorous push in the peace process are needed in the wake of the Israeli storming of a flotilla bound for Gaza, and the resulting deaths.
Just trying to prevent similar human-caused natural disasters with more government rules doesn't get to the deeper need for humans to act even more morally in a complex, high-tech world.
The Senate energy bill to cap carbon emissions is flawed and in trouble, but Kerry makes some important points about the bill he coauthored with Sen. Joe Lieberman.
Obama's order for more troops to the Mexico border came only after political pressure. The president must first persuade Hispanic voters of the need for long-term security of the border before legalization of illegal immigrants in the US.
Europe and the US take steps to control government spending as financial markets (and voters) roar their disapproval over deficits and debt. But countries must do more than nip and tuck. Structural reforms are needed.
More teens are beginning to realize the dangers of texting while driving. That's a good start toward halting a dangerous practice that needs as much vigilance as stopping drunk driving or fastening seat belts.
The United Nations' response to the ship sinking by North Korea needs to be forceful enough to also remind South Koreans that the world wants them to remain vigilant, not indifferent.
Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia – Russia is making progress in keeping its neighbors within its 'sphere of influence.'
The joining of the Conservatives' "big society" concept and the Liberal Democrats' power-distribution ideas may help this British coalition overcome their differences.
It bans life without parole for crimes short of murder. By doing so, the Supreme Court confirms that youths do not think or behave like adults, and should not be treated like adults under the law.
Obama must be patient as the Iran nuclear plan with Brazil and Turkey will likely falter. And then more allies can be won over to the sanctions strategy.
The Gulf oil spill has produced a gusher of lessons about oil production, consumption, and oversight.