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.
The tradeoffs and loopholes for industry in the Senate energy bill may create the very uncertainty on energy prices that the industry wants to end.
Conservative David Cameron and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg make unlikely coalition partners. But the world is in need of politicians who can bridge the political divide.
The five-year White House drug policy emphasizes prevention and treatment, but it could do even more.
Elena Kagan is Obama's chance to have a Supreme Court justice who can build bridges between factions on the court. Chief Justice John Roberts said he wanted to do that but so far he is failing.
The fear of contagion from the debt crisis in Greece may have helped create the reality of it in financial markets.
As the financial market slip on the debt crisis in Greece, Europe must show it is learning some lessons. Some things have already become clear.
A federal court ruling that would ban National Prayer Day, written by Judge Barbara Crabb, cites beneficial effects of prayer to the community and individuals. Are those secular benefits enough to save this official designation of a religious exercise?
Remarkably, candidates in the British election agree on a time frame to cut a record deficit. But, as in the US, they're sketchy on details about deficit cuts.
The Times Square bomb and the Gulf oil spill show that government can't always protect America by itself. It needs the watchful and caring eyes of citizens.
The Ahmadinejad speech at the United Nations conference on Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) was aimed at Israel and the US. To achieve a world free of nuclear weapons, Obama will first need to deal with Iran and bring peace to the Middle East.
Lawmakers in Congress have unveiled legislation to temper the Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited spending by corporations and unions on political campaign ads. They could use help from Republicans who have supported campaign finance reform in the past.
The Senate debate on a financial reform bill is not focused on the two mortgage giants whose risky loans contributed to the frenzy and near-collapse of Wall Street. Why put off a needed debate on the government's future role in pushing cheap home loans?
With its bonds rated as junk, the debt crisis in Greece must prompt Athens to take far greater austerity measures than originally planned. Political leaders and the public must find the courage for the necessary sacrifice.
Bank size doesn't matter much in the financial reform bill. But it should. The Senate needs a debate, with Republican support, on whether to trust regulators to decide the size of the biggest banks.
Roughly half of all those in college attend a community college, yet the graduation rate is dismal at these two-year schools. They must focus on student completion. Increasing the community college graduation rate is a matter of national competitiveness and job retraining.
Congress is moving quickly to force Obama into blocking gasoline sales to Iran over its nuclear ambitions. A US naval blockade is the only real way to enforce that. And from Iran's point of view, that means war.
Obama's call to Wall Street to call off the lobbyists on financial reform highlights the unhealthy relationship between special interests and lawmakers.