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.
Juries are essential to catch lies. Justice relies foremost on honesty. Only then can law enforcement catch rapists and murderers.
With the threat of Islamic groups possibly winning power and then hijacking democracy, Egypt needs a bill of rights and other democratic guarantees before an election.
As China's Communist Party celebrates its founding, it is stuck in an internal debate on whether to admit that values such as human rights are universal or merely Western. Aren't all good ideas universal?
A bill in Congress to allow betting for online poker is based on the notion that poker is mainly a game of skill. Fat chance.
The 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam spelled the end for Johnson and the US role in that war. Will Obama fail to see a similar Taliban 'psych ops,' aimed at American opinion to hasten the US exit from Afghanistan?
Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi reveals in a BBC lecture the source of her spiritual strength in surviving as an isolated dissident and as a champion of democracy.
A division of opinions on the Supreme Court leaves open a door for states to regulate such games.
His top generals reveal an internal debate over the risks of a premature troop pullout in Afghanistan. Like modern-war commanders, Obama is mainly a risk assessor.
What do Greece, Washington, and potential mortgage-skippers have in common? They're on the verge of debt default. Why the ethical disregard about the effects of default on others?
No matter what President Obama does after his speech on a partial troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, it is Afghans themselves who must rise up against the brutal tactics of the Taliban.
The dissenting opinion in the Wal-Mart sex-discrimination ruling presumes male managers are guilty of bias. And in the health care law, an assumption of guilt about people not paying medical bills lies behind the mandate to buy insurance.