Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are draining taxpayers and face extinction. Obama is due to present reforms in housing policy by January. One consensus: more help for renters.
The planned Islamic center near New York City's Ground Zero is trapped in forces far larger than the project itself. All sides in this debate would do well to read President Obama's 2009 speech in Cairo about US-Muslim relations.
This milestone by China in besting Japan as the world's second-largest economy only adds to the concerns of other Asian nations about China's aggressive expansion. They welcome Obama's shift toward countering China as the dominant player in Asia.
Last year's scare over a potential H1N1 flu epidemic was a bust, the WHO now indicates. With reports of another scare over a "superbug" supposedly from India, officials and media need to act with caution and restraint without stoking fears.
Some say the end of the printed book is nigh. They may not be wrong, but a bit hasty. And they miss the point: What books have to tell us will always reign supreme over how we read them.
The lives of 14 million Pakistanis are disrupted by massive flooding. The US must prepare for more security crises triggered by erratic weather, perhaps caused by global warming.
The two giants -- and now partners -- were once on opposite sides of the "net neutrality" debate. Their compromise plan has some worthy elements that Congress -- and not the FCC -- must weigh carefully in order to not ruin the Internet.
Public electric utilities will need thousands of miles of new transmission lines to bring solar and wind power to cities. One alternative could be microgrids, or local production of power from clean energy
Russia imposed a ban on exports of wheat due to a severe drought, causing a spike in world prices. But the ban's most important effect may be to raise questions about long-term food security, especially if global warming continues.
In winning over 38 billionaires to pledging half their wealth to charity, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates also set a better climate in the political debate over ending the Bush tax cuts on the rich.
Commercial tracking software often secretly records where users go on the Internet. If businesses don't set their own clear, simple privacy standards, government may need to step in with a 'do not track' option.
Senate ratification of the New START treaty on nuclear weapons could open the way to progress on several stalled strategic issues between the US and Russia, as well as between NATO and Russia.
Obama heralds the US success in meeting the August goal of withdrawing 90,000 US troops from Iraq, ending combat missions. But for the final pullout in 2011, will he also herald leaving behind a functioning democracy there -- which both Iraq and the region needs.
The gross domestic product (GDP) fell to 2.4 percent in the last quarter. One reason could be a rising reluctance of Americans to move to jobs in other states. Congress must help revive the historically high rate of mobility in labor.
Senate Republicans this week halted the Democrats' drive toward campaign finance reform. Democrats can revive their attempt to bring needed transparency to corporate and union spending on campaign ads by compromising and reaching out to moderate Republicans.
The federal court decision on the Arizona immigration law can be seen as a roadmap for a political compromise.
Iran sanctions agreed to by Europe significantly increase pressure on Iran to return to the nuclear negotiating table. But while talks are good, quick results are what matter.
Wikileaks report of war logs about Afghanistan again puts Obama on the PR defensive about the war. He needs to show more leadership in shaping public opinion.
The House financial committee will mark up a bill Tuesday to legalize Internet gambling. Even many in the US industry oppose it. It is largely foreign gaming websites that are behind this attempt to overturn the 2006 ban.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague upheld Kosovo's declaration of independence. That will likely embolden separatist movements around the world. But after independence, then what? Recognition is a political, not a legal matter.