The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms wants gun dealers on the southern border to report bulk sales of assault weapons for six months. These semiautomatic rifles are popular with Mexican drug cartels. More than the AFT's temporary measure is needed.
To reverse a sharp drop in public support for the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Obama should go far beyond an 'update' on his administration's review of the war.
Backers of marijuana legalization are not dissuaded by the November defeat of California Proposition 19. Expect them to regroup for 2012. Those who oppose legalization must also mobilize, led by Obama and his administration.
Justice Kennedy will probably be the swing vote on a case concerning the individual mandate. Here is what he may well say against this linchpin of the Obama health-care law.
Direct talks failed over settlements. Now it's indirect talks over core issues. But if Netanyahu couldn't deliver on settlements, which he called a 'peripheral' issue, how can he agree on more fundamental problems?
The Obama tax plan, if passed, would build trust between Republicans and Democrats. The next step could be tax simplification. The Reagan-era reforms provided helpful lessons.
WikiLeaks itself, and the secretive hackers who disrupted websites in support, can't claim pure transparency for government but not for themselves. Julian Assange must practice what he preaches.
Fears that the debt crisis will spread to a big economy like Spain should compel Europe to come together to meet this challenge.
A compromise deal with Republican leaders that extends the Bush tax cuts to all Americans puts country ahead of party. Democrats may howl, but the nation is better off with political progress instead of warfare.
Congress should approve the tentative trade agreement with South Korea. It's a model for what the US should get from China and Japan.
The Iran nuclear talks that start Monday in Geneva come after a long year of tougher sanctions and other setbacks for Iran. Obama needs to be cautious about Iranian delay tactics.
Without 14 votes in favor, the deficit commission draft plan won't be formally recommended to Congress. That will mean considering pieces of it, or other ideas, to reduce the deficit.
The Mubarak regime in Egypt suppressed the opposition so crudely for the Nov. 28 elections that it demands a strong US reaction.
America must find new ways to plug the kind of holes that led to the WikiLeaks release of US secrets -- or else it must learn to live in a more open Internet age and better manage the fallout.
The WikiLeaks release of secret American diplomatic dispatches has a silver lining. It revealed the real Arab stance on Iran and its nuclear program – and it lines up with Israel's. The truth can't hurt in that cause.
After the North Korean attack on a South Korean island, Obama sends an aircraft carrier to the Yellow Sea -- irritating China, which may be the point. Beijing needs to rein in its wily ally.
A new poll shows 70 percent of Americans support profiling that singles out terrorist suspects for extra screening. What's the best way to profile?
In his public disagreement with Karzai at the NATO summit in Lisbon, Obama gave a hint of his inclination to act unilaterally for US interests. He needs to reveal more of his reasoning.
At a Monitor breakfast with reporters, the chairmen of the presidential debt commission say that lawmakers will finally cut the deficit either because of a crisis or because they're listening to one another. Let's hope it is the latter.
NATO leaders are expected to approve a new blueprint for the next 10 years when they gather at a summit in Lisbon on Friday. The 'strategic concept' is long overdue, but will it suffer from defense budget cuts among alliance members?