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.
As the G8 countries meet in France to discuss support of the Arab Spring, hopes are modest. But a giant Marshall Plan for these new democracies is less needed than is effective aid.
From post-Katrina New Orleans to tsunami-hit Japan, examples abound of using a crisis for blank-slate redesign after a tragedy.
The Supreme Court ruled that overcrowded prisons in California amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Reducing the prison population does not have to pit human dignity against public safety.
When Mitch Daniels decided not to run for president, many Republicans were disappointed that their dream candidate bowed out. But the current field may not be as weak as people think.
President Obama had to push concrete US positions to get the Israelis and Palestinians on board the freedom train in the Middle East.
In case people doubted – and they did – the United States is on the side of democracy protesters, Obama said in his Middle East speech. But he did little to help Americans or Arabs grapple with hard choices.
Public figures from Arnold Schwarzenegger to LeBron James to Newt Gingrich to Oprah are apologizing. So many mea culpas create an opportunity to better define forgiveness.
The French are shocked at the sex-crime charges against potential French presidential candidate Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Yet they would yawn over Arnold Schwarzenegger's infidelity.
A world with more middle class than poor by 2022 may be a challenge to social values. A rising middle-class materialism needs a spiritual response.
The Nakba Day protests by Palestinian refugees to enter Israel were supposed to be nonviolent. Both sides failed, and they need to commit to the peaceful, democratic ideals of the Arab Spring.
President Obama's speech Thursday on the Middle East is a chance for him to bring a coherent US strategy to the uneven democracy bloom of the Arab Spring, and to consult with Congress on the way forward.
Worrisome events in Egypt, such as violence against Coptic Christians, do not serve as a model for other Arab nations in revolt.
Despite last year's bailout, debt in Greece continues to grow, and Athens is asking for another rescue package. As America nears the deadline to raise its debt ceiling, it should review its Greek lessons.