Historic. Such is the ubiquitous description of the climate agreement recently announced in Beijing between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in which China promised for the first time to cap carbon emissions.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime. It essentially moved a clunky machine from one speeding bullet onto another, by remote control, from 310 million miles away. It's hoped this achievement will help usher in a new era of space exploration by teaching us how to exploit the raw materials swirling around the solar system. Also, it was really cool.
News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers - and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.
It's not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism.
In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking.
WASHINGTON - Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless.
We know Barack Obama is good at least one thing: getting Barack Obama elected president of the United States. How good he is at being president of the United States is a subject of considerable debate.
WASHINGTON - Memo to the GOP: You had a great night on Tuesday. But remember, you didn't win it. The Democrats lost it.
It used to be that the first Tuesday in November was Election Day, but now it is the last day of Election Month.
Though it has been said before and may even seem cliché, this election really is the most important one of our lifetimes. For so many reasons, we must recognize this simple truth.
By the close of the polls on Tuesday, voters in Hall County will have helped to elect candidates to public office across the state of Georgia.
Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it's not.
What day is it?"
WASHINGTON - To paraphrase Roger Miller - and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia - America swings like a pendulum do.
There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. Ideological debates are fought over ideas, but politics is more often about competing stories, or, as the eggheads call them, "narratives."
In December, President Barack Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a "very successful regional power." His wish - a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states - is becoming a reality. Consider:
How should one think about the unfolding allegations rocking the Clinton Industrial Complex (which includes both her campaign and her foundation)?
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. - Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina's largest maximum-security prison, gets plenty of bad press - from a riot and a lockdown in February to drone-delivered contraband a few days ago. But within the walls of this all-male complex, something rare and beautiful is also happening.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is thinking about running for president on the Democratic ticket by appealing to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's populist fans. Warren is a very bright former Harvard law professor. So it is interesting that O'Malley thinks the best way to reach out to her fans is to say remarkably stupid things.
When postal worker Doug Hughes - otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude - landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.
Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.
In news only slightly more surprising than this morning's sunrise, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced she is running for president again.
Like any presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has strengths and weaknesses.
Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.
Michelle Obama is a good mother. When raising her daughters, 13-year-old Sasha and 16-year-old Malia, the first lady means business. She takes the job very seriously. Even when the girls were younger, she didn't pass off her parental duty to nannies or babysitters.
How about now?
"As we asked ourselves how we could have gotten the story wrong . . ."
It was but a year and a half ago that Barack Obama endorsed the objective of abolition when he said that Iran's heavily fortified Fordow nuclear facility, its plutonium-producing heavy-water reactor and its advanced centrifuges were all unnecessary for a civilian nuclear program. The logic was clear: Since Iran was claiming to be pursuing an exclusively civilian program, these would have to go.
The first thing one needs to know about the nuclear deal with Iran is that it is not, in fact, a deal.