Marketplace Middle East looks at Egyptian and Syrian political news amid upheaval and uncertainty.
CNN's Ali Velshi takes a look at the elections in Greece and France and their lessons for the United States.
The calm and cautious François Hollande, who dramatically wrested the French presidency from Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday, faces immediate foreign policy challenges, analysts say.
In what is being called "Occupy Occupy DC," conservative counterprotesters Monday held the first of what they say will be daily rallies at the site of the Occupy encampment at Washington's Freedom Plaza.
Turkey's foreign minister called for a new international initiative for Syria to protect civilians and increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to stop his bloody crackdown, saying his country would not remain indifferent to a "massacre in its back yard."
CNN's Ivan Watson reports from Istanbul on Syria's declining circle of friends and Turkey's efforts to isolate al-Assad.
Segregation of African-Americans in cities and towns across the United States has dropped to its lowest level in more than a century, according to a recent study.
Some military experts Friday called Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's proposed budget cuts "much ado about nothing," but others expressed concern about the potential of a shrinking U.S. military in the strategic Mideast and Asia.
President Obama = big government.
When President Obama rejected the Keystone oil sands pipeline expansion last week, critics immediately sounded the China alarm.
Demonstrators In Kuwait want the country's prime minister to step down. CNN's Rima Maktabi reports.
The emir of Kuwait dissolved his country's parliament Tuesday, three weeks after opposition protesters forced their way into the legislature to demand the prime minister step down.
A day after she announced she intends to run for Parliament, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi planned Thursday for her first meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- a dinner at the U.S. Chief of Mission residence.
Children of Misrata, Libya, play on abandoned government tanks. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.
The roar of the jubilant crowd assembled in Cairo's Tahrir Square said it all.
He has been called "a great seducer" -- a politician whose relationships with women have landed him in trouble.
CNN's John Vause takes a look at embattled IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
The president will name CIA Director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary.
CIA Director Leon Panetta is a smart choice to replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates because of his political skill and maturity, his many years of government experience, and his knack of generating trust with others, observers say.
Former Ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg talks about differences in U.S. strategies in Libya and Syria.
Two countries, two cases of extreme violence committed against citizens by their own government.
Hopes for a Libyan cease-fire were raised briefly this week when it was announced that longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi had agreed, in principle, to the African Union's "road map" proposal for peace.
House Republicans propose to trim more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade by reworking and cutting Medicaid, a program of public health care coverage for children, pregnant mothers, disabled and poor.
A House hearing Wednesday entitled "Are Federal Workers Underpaid?" could be the first step in a new legislative assault on federal worker pay.
Egypt's military has produced all four presidents the country has had since a 1952 revolution led by Lt. Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser ended the monarchy, and the army remains a powerful force.
President Obama stresses the need for innovation and urges Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen.
President Obama renewed his call to improve the nation's "crumbling" infrastructure during his State of the Union address Tuesday, saying it will create jobs and help the nation compete in the global economy.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has released newly corrected financial disclosure forms showing his wife's past employment, blaming a misunderstanding for years of omissions of Virginia "Ginni" Thomas' salary at a conservative think tank and other jobs.
"Repeal Obamacare!" might be the battle cry that swept Republicans into control of the House, but making good on the promise will be tough.
Howard Kurtz talks with three journalists about the firing of Juan Williams and the calls to cut public funding for NPR.
After NPR fired analyst Juan Williams, Sen. Jim DeMint sent this tweet to his Twitter followers:
Happy New Year! Fiscal year 2011 is here. This momentous day comes just one month before voters head to the polls for the midterm elections, but for many of them, the time is not ripe for an economic celebration.
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The simmering warfare and political instability in Iraq are probably far from over, and U.S. military involvement there could very well last years beyond the end of 2011 -- when all U.S. troops are scheduled to depart the war-torn nation, analysts who study Iraq say.
Mexico's government will present a new strategy for preventing the kidnapping of migrants Tuesday, the nation's interior ministry said.
Mario Santos likely never made it to the United States.
Elizabeth Warren doesn't look or sound scary. She's a 61-year-old Harvard Law School professor from Oklahoma who has written personal finance books, some with her daughter.
It's a refrain for those who think the government should do more to help the economy: The recovery is still fragile, so policymakers should wait before reining in U.S. debt.
The United States hopes cool, careful language will keep the North Korean crisis from boiling over.
Whittling down the massive American and Russian nuclear arsenals has been an arduous task. Under the terms of the new START treaty, each side can still possess 1,550 nuclear warheads. By anyone's measure, that is a lot of nukes. There is little doubt those numbers enable both countries to respond to any dire threat.
March's elections demonstrate Iraq is prepared to settle its differences using politics rather than bombs and bullets, experts say, but Iraqis still have a long road to a stable republic.
A Washington think tank staged a mock cyberattack on the United States on Tuesday in a bid to evaluate strategies for fighting cyberterrorists. Former senior government officials gathered at the Bipartisan Policy Center to play the roles of Cabinet members responding to a simulated attack on the nation's computer infrastructure.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghan Taliban commander whose capture was made public this week, is one of the most senior figures in the movement to be seized -- second only to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared Monday that Iran's Revolutionary Guard is "in effect supplanting the government of Iran," and she warned that the result could be a military dictatorship.
In one of his many applause lines at Wednesday night's State of the Union address, President Obama emphasized the importance of American exports: "Tonight, we set a new goal," he said, "We will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million jobs in America." It's no surprise that people cheered; what's not to like? There's just one problem: Growing exports is almost entirely out of the president's -- and even business's -- hands.
Legalization of the more than 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States would raise wages, increase consumption, create jobs and generate more tax revenue, two policy institutes say in a joint report Thursday.
President Obama has been steadfast in his pledge that he won't raise taxes on those making less than $250,000. But that doesn't mean only high-income households will be subject to higher taxes.
In a speech at West Point Academy, President Obama lays out his plan to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
Will the Iraq troop surge strategy of 2007 help serve as a guidepost for President Obama's troop increase in Afghanistan?
The cacophony of the health care debate, already loud, is likely to become deafening as autumn progresses.
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says success is achievable. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.
While support for the war in Afghanistan has been falling, most experts think Americans will give President Obama the benefit of the doubt -- at least for another year.
Health care costs keep growing fatter in part because Americans are, too.
President Obama is pouring $13 billion into an ambitious high-speed rail project. Some say it will never make money. Some say it will. And still others say profit is not even the point.
As President Obama brings a proposed wish list for fixing financial markets and the global economy to the world stage, he's likely to have a tough sell.
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Bolivians are widely expected to approve a new constitution Sunday that would allow leftist President Evo Morales to run for another term this year, which he can't do under the current document.
The Big Three automakers' troubles are wreaking havoc on state and local budgets far beyond the Rust Belt. And a collapse of even one of Detroit's car manufacturers would hit governments while they are down.
The recession has state-level fiscal budgets in crisis mode, according to a report released Wednesday.
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama says his economic plan would offer a tax break to 95% of working Americans.
Analysis: The President can't end Iran's nuclear program in the time he has left. So he's passing the problem on
With most Americans doing a lousy job saving for their Golden Years, Barack Obama says the government has to step in.
Poor and middle-class families are entering the recession in a precarious situation due in part to declining or stagnant income growth, a study released Wednesday has found.
Iraq's ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that his country still needs the U.S. military to survive and predicted that the next U.S. president, whoever it is, will agree that the troops will have to stay for at least a while longer.
A proposal to bail out subprime mortgage borrowers who are at risk of foreclosure was floated at a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday.
Don't demonize the entrepreneur - there's something divine in what he does.
It was reported this week that the Dutch government are to withdraw their round-the-clock protection for Ayaan Hirsi Ali -- the former Dutch MP and outspoken critic of Islam -- if she remains in the United States. It is the latest in a long line of controversies that have punctuated the life of the Somali-born activist.
Students and professors at Stanford University are protesting Donald Rumsfeld's appointment to a campus think tank, saying the former defense secretary does not uphold the "ethical values" of the school.
Scholar tells CNN's Jill Dougherty how she survived more than 100 days in Teheran prison and why she thinks she was freed.
To combat the depression and despair during her 105-day stint in Iran's notorious Evin prison, Haleh Esfandiari welcomed all distractions and blocked thoughts of her beloved home and family.
Angelina Jolie has been showing her glamorous side lately - walking red carpets from Cannes to Hollywood - but Thursday she was honored for her philanthropic work by joining the Council on Foreign Relations, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.
ExxonMobil's stock is up by 35 percent in the last year. The oil giant made $39.5 billion in profits in 2006, tops in the Fortune 500. But don't expect a roomful of smiling faces at Exxon's annual shareholder meeting tomorrow.
He has recently made stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, giving speeches and holding town hall meetings. But he's not seeking the presidency.
In an about-face, the Bush administration announced this week it is tossing out its rallying cry for the Iraq war.
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Two months isn't a long time, but President Bush's decision to delay tax reform until the fall, at the earliest, may be a sign that his second-term economic agenda is in trouble.
Californians in November defeated a ballot initiative that would have required employers to provide health care coverage for their workers. Some state lawmakers are now attempting the opposite approach to ease the state's soaring emergency-care debt and 6 million uninsured citizens: requiring citizens to buy their own health insurance.
Salesmanship, rather than big policy initiatives, may be what the White House is looking for in a possible replacement for Treasury Secretary John Snow.
The CEOs of the top 50 U.S. companies that sent service jobs overseas pulled down far more pay than their counterparts at other large companies last year, according to a study released Tuesday.
Days after the Democrats wrapped up their presidential nominating convention last month, the nation's attention turned to terrorism as the government warned anew of possible attacks.
Even some economists friendly to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry say his proposal to end tax breaks on multinational corporations' overseas' profits won't necessarily stop the flow of jobs overseas.
If you haven't turned on a TV or read a magazine or a newspaper recently, you probably haven't heard that your job is moving overseas.
Alan Greenspan may have touched the third rail of American politics this week by calling for cuts in Social Security benefits, but most economists weren't shocked.
Like a cowboy-boot wearing David Blaine, President Bush has promised to perform an amazing feat of prestidigitation: he's going to saw the whopping federal budget deficit in half in just five short years.
Bill Gates may still be as socially liberal as any of the sandal wearers at Microsoft (he has been a donor to left-leaning causes in Washington State, including groups that advocate gun control and...
Ronald Reagan's favorite D.C. think tank may be going native. The Heritage Foundation, long a critic of Big Government, is pushing a proposal that would actually add a new agency to the federal bur...
Politics today reflects George Wallace's taunt of three decades ago: "There ain't a dime's worth of difference between the major parties." Last year Republicans in Congress teamed up with Democrats...
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FREE TRADE, despite the considerable odds against it, has just won two of its biggest victories in decades: first the North American Free Trade Agreement, then the successful completion of a new Ge...
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A generation or so ago, when everyone liked Ike and loved Lucy, the family's lone TV and the American dream came in simple black and white. A house was central to the dream, but central air wasn't....
Stephen D. Bechtel Jr., 64, former president of The Bechtel Group. Director: IBM. Trustee: California Institute of Technology. Member: president's council, Purdue University; advisory council, Stan...
Near midnight on a cool Tuesday evening in May, Lester Thurow, American economist, slumps before a dish of German chocolate ice cream at Steve's ice cream parlor in Lexington, Mass. Breakfast that ...
WASHINGTON reverberates these days with the sounds of construction. Some crews are putting the final touches on the restored Willard Hotel. Others are building a pedestrian mall between the White H...
TWENTY-TWO years after the opening shot in the War on Poverty, most Americans have given up hope of victory. According to a recent opinion poll, the overwhelming majority of Americans believe that ...
IN THE GALAXY of Washington think tanks, the archconservative Heritage Foundation is eclipsing its rivals. From privatization to Star Wars, Heritage prescriptions have become Reagan Administration ...