People and institutions can mess up, as was spectacularly the case on Oscar night. What they do next is what matters.
In quick succession, two events have brought transgender issues to the forefront.
Presidential condemnation of anti-Semitism is important. At least as important: the grass-roots, interfaith response.
Whatever the criticisms of globalization, scientific research is the one area where it has been an unalloyed success.
Entering a country illegally automatically puts an immigrant at risk. Finding a humane way to correct that is crucial.
With US support, Iraq is winning the war against the Islamic State. It will need that support even more for national reconciliation.
California's Oroville Dam is an example of crucial infrastructure around the US that is taken for granted but needs ongoing investment.
Despite frustration with the 'two-state solution' in the Middle East, it remains a fair and practical approach to peace.
The resignation of President Trump's national security adviser increases the need for the president to clarify his Russia policy.
The US president gets inordinate attention. The real work of the nation takes place at the other end of the National Mall.