The 'Great Friday' protests in Syria, the largest so far, also saw President Assad's forces commit mass murder. Western leaders like Obama can no longer sit on the fence, hoping Assad is a reformer.
Immunity or prosecution for the dictators of Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya? Trends favor prosecution, but it must be justly carried out.
NATO admits it can't help keep Qaddafi forces from slaughtering civilians in Libya's third-largest city, Misurata, which is keey to the rebels' aims. Obama faces a humanitarian choice, as he did with Benghazi.
In one year, energy disasters in the Gulf and at Fukushima point to the challenge of human control over complex technology.
Federal indictments of online poker websites Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker should be a sign of further diligence against cybergambling.
A military stalemate could result in de facto partition of Libya, with Muammar Qaddafi controlling the west and rebels the east. That wouldn't be good for Libya or regional stability.
Votes in Congress on budget cuts are being closely watched by China, the markets, and others. Will Democrats and Republicans end Washington's profligate spending and help keep the US dollar as the supreme global currency?
Finally, the president has put forward a plan to substantially cut the deficit. It contrasts sharply with that of House Republican Ryan. Now a full debate can begin.
The world should be grateful for France's leading military roles in Libya and Ivory Coast. But the country is hardly replicating its historic role as la grande nation.
On the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, it's worth looking back at how this translation spread the idea of self-government, in America and beyond.
Current foreign aid models don't fit 21st-century needs, a World Bank report suggests. Ending people's fear of their own rulers – through better governance – is the key to development.
With the push for recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations and with the Middle East in turmoil, time is no longer on the side of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
French and UN forces in Ivory Coast have discovered that a mandate to protect civilians can quickly lead to the need to forcefully oust the reviled leader, Laurent Gbagbo. Might Obama and NATO put boots on the ground in Libya to oust Qaddafi, if civilian killings don't end?
Democracy building in Egypt has been uneven since protests led to Mubarak's ouster Feb. 11, but it is moving forward. Those in the best position to keep it that way are the Egyptian people.
The health-care law's 'individual mandate' is vulnerable to the Supreme Court deciding that Americans cannot be forced to buy health insurance. Kennedy's reasoning in a decision issued Monday hints at his worries. His vote will be pivotal.
President Obama began his reelection campaign just as Washington is debating the budget and deficits. Democrats and Republicans must not wait until after the November 2012 elections to reduce the deficit and to reform entitlements.
Three weeks of protests in Syria have revealed the violent hand of the Assad regime, yet the US is not responding to this crisis in the same way it did in Libya.
Obama's grab-bag approach, forced by political reality, contains a bit of everything – oil drilling, nuclear, renewables, even coal. But the unifying goal is still less US dependence on foreign oil.
True, it is not in as dire shape as Medicare. But this bedrock program is still a concern, and in 2010, it actually ran a deficit.
President Obama was clear and decisive in his speech about Libya. But that does not mean the way ahead is easy. The 'Obama doctrine' of ceding more responsibility to coalition partners has its risks.