It's hard to love the EU – bureaucratic, legalistic, mired in gridlock. The euro crisis hasn't earned it much praise lately, either. But the EU still has vital clout. It can help force member states like Hungary to stick to democracy, rather than backslide into dictatorship.
More and more, indebted homeowners are deciding to walk away from their mortgages, instead of facing forced foreclosure. Who will pay the discarded debt?
In Aesop's ancient Greek fable of the ant and the grasshopper, the ant was right: Save for a rainy day. New Year's resolution for America in 2012: We need more grasshoppers.
The parents of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who committed suicide last year, talk about supporting young people who face bullying.
Unemployment rate: Obama may benefit from the unemployment rate drop as the country heads into a presidential election year.
Today's papers help make sense of the incomprehensible European debt crisis, and what European governments plan to do about it.
With a US Congress 'super committee' unable to cut spending and Britain's government also struggling, the West is looking like a wastrel; and Cairo's Tahrir Square seethes once more.
Yale researcher Mark Brackett says helping students to develop empathy can make teachers more effective and students more successful.
Hate-crime trial is Feb. 21 for former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, in cyberspying case involving a gay roommate. Meanwhile, New Jersey schools work to put in place anti-bullying provisions of tough new law.