The failure of the debt-ceiling agreement that was arrived at last week opens up a new opportunity for Washington to get it right.
The latest job numbers, as well as woes in the stock market and the global economy, call for a focus on ways to measure new ideas in business that can create jobs.
Blacks and Latinos were hit hard by the Great Recession, and governments are cutting social programs. Can private giving step in? Two billionaires are showing how.
The Assad regime in Damascus has gone on a killing spree against pro-democracy protesters, especially in the city of Hama, bringing moral outrage by world leaders. What can be done to stop it?
Both the debt deal and the raucous caucus way it came into being calls for a new modesty about the US role in the world.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began this week -- at a time of upheaval for Arab Muslim societies. What can Islam offer during this holiday to those seeking freedom?
The Texas trial of Warren Jeffs should shine a spotlight on the global problem of child marriages, and efforts to prevent them.
Mice with human-language DNA? Goats with human-like organs? They already exist. A British report raises anew the dilemma of creating animals with human characteristics for the sake of medical science.
Like the youth revolutions of the Middle East, renewed talks between India and Pakistan have the wind of youthful hopes for peace pushing these long-time, nuclear rivals. Obama's exit plans from the Afghanistan war rest on it.
His request to call lawmakers in support of a debt-ceiling solution requires a great faith that Americans know how to handle their own debt or can reconcile competing impulses about taxes and spending.
Friday's political massacre of Norway's youth could easily focus attention on Europe's immigration debate. But it should first lead to a renewal of basic civic values, such as reverence for life.
Obama and Republicans need to first create trust in one another – by recognizing each other's concerns – before a grand bargain on the debt ceiling can be reached. Europe showed how in its Greek debt rescue.
China appears to have backed down a bit and agreed to work multilaterally on resolving the various claims to the South China Sea. A strong US stance probably helped.
The UN, for the first time in decades, had declared a famine alert. Millions in Somalia face starvation. The West cannot be stuck in its own woes.
A massive study of Texas public schools suggests discipline can be overdone while less of it may lead to students improving. Schools that nurture rather than punish can get results.
The hacking scandal at a Rupert Mudoch newspaper should put a spotlight on unethical reporting – and how news consumers can avoid such news outlets.
The Atlanta teacher scandal isn’t a testing problem, it’s an issue of integrity and honesty.
New efforts around the world signal a moment to make headway against corruption
Reports of China's investment arm seeking a chunk of Facebook puts a spotlight on Beijing's long march for home-grown innovation. Real tech breakthroughs, however, require more freedom than China has.
Iraq's elected leaders are moving toward clerical rule while in Iran a leading Shiite cleric, who advocates secular rule, suffers in prison.