If Washington gets back to business quickly, the world will probably see the shutdown as just another quirk of a nation that likes to describe itself as exceptional.
How October 2013 unfolds likely will be crucial to what voters decide in November 2014.
Two big opportunities have appeared on the international scene in recent days – one with Iran, the other with Syria.
If you live in the United States, you know that there is a battle royal over the three-year-old Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s “charm offensive” is indeed charming.
Call it the baby cold war.
Civil society needs protection from becoming a soft target, but it cannot pay for that protection with the loss of essential freedom.
Radicals are aggressive by nature. Moderates are not. But moderates abound.
Once again, a fiscal cliff looms.
Yesterday, Iran released 11 political prisoners, including a prominent human rights lawyer and a reformist politician.