Obama can't risk a big nuclear test by North Korea during the 2012 election campaign. Hints of talks with Pyongyang suggest the US is ready for a deal.
The "Occupy Wall Street" protests are a month old, but they still haven't set out specific demands. And for good reason -- most Americans blame Washington for the economic woes.
Obama and Romney see trade as the main issue in foreign policy, which helps explain why three free-trade pacts just passed Congress. But trade isn't always a matter of security. Its main purpose is creating wealth and expanding the economic pie.
An Oct. 9 massacre in Egypt shows why the Arab revolutions need moral leaders, not just mass protests, to keep them on track.
The Obama Justice Department last week began to rein in California's out-of-control medical marijuana industry. How sustainable is this new federal enforcement of the state's pot shops?
Personal attacks in politics are a mirror of a society's slide toward social incivility. How can civility be restored? The topic is attracting interest.
Three women won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, seven years after the last award for a woman. They were honored for work on universal ideals, not just helping women, reversing the image of women as victims.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs left a model of collaborative innovation that others can follow in creating wholly new products and services that will boost the economy.
Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution against Syria, evoking a strong response from the US and others. Arab protesters at least now know which countries are on their side.
When Obama promises to support the Arab Spring, he can't then sell weapons to Bahrain, even as that dictatorship gives harsh sentences to doctors who treat wounded protesters.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court hears the case of a Christian schoolteacher fired in a dispute over a disability and church doctrine. The justices should be careful about allowing government to judge a faith's teachings when it is charged with discrimination.
On Oct. 2, a large group of American pastors plans to purposely violate a law barring houses of worship from endorsing or opposing political candidates. This legal challenge from the pulpit won't help people of faith.
Cohabiting couples such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are on the increase, but studies show children of unmarried parents too often suffer – more than kids of divorce. No wonder the children of Brangelina want them to marry.
German lawmakers vote Thursday on a further rescue of Greece in this euro crisis. They should take the long view on history's lesson of sacrificing for the greater good.
Putin's move to reclaim the presidency could allow him to rule nearly as long as Stalin did. Will Russians tolerate such a long period of pervasive corruption?
The Saudi king's decree allowing women to vote in local elections shows the influence of the Arab Spring – and decline of a radical, repressive version of Islam.
Lack of honesty helped trigger the economic woes in the US and Europe. Greater honesty will help reverse them.
A Palestinian bid for statehood recognition by the UN Security Council will be vetoed by the US. Afterward, President Obama must rebuild his vision for a new style of American leadership in the Middle East.
More cash-strapped states are being lured into allowing casinos for the tax revenues. But a new book offers a close-up view of how local residents in Las Vegas are worse off than the rest of the country.
If the president and GOP dig in their heels and wait for 2012 to decide who’ll get their way on creating job, others will have to fill the void.