In the United States, home to the world's fourth-largest Catholic population, the pope appears to be well-liked by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. But has the pope's popularity produced a Catholic resurgence in the U.S.?
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Many of you college graduates are determined to make the world a better place. Some of you are choosing careers in public service or or volunteering. But many of you are cynical about politics. You see the system as inherently corrupt. You doubt real progress is possible
Parents are increasingly borrowing through a federal program to fund their children's college education. Called Parent Plus, the program has no hard limits on what parents may borrow
A few years ago, Harvard University startled the academic world and many of the rest of us by offering what many would call a form of class-based affirmative action. How has it worked out? Unfortunately, not as well as many had hoped
Extending educational opportunity is an urgent moral, economic and security imperative. Fortunately, there are good grounds for believing that we can move quickly to deliver new and better chances for young people
As you compare award offers, understand what you're looking at to make the best decision
In a new book, one graduate details how forming relationships and getting involved is critical
Concurrent enrollment offers students a chance to get high school and college credit simultaneously
My first question after reading about seven teachers in an Atlanta, Ga., public school accused of altering standardized test scores to make it appear students performed better than they actually did was: How could they!?
Every year, millions of American kids show up at kindergarten woefully unprepared to learn. Some can't even tell you their own complete name, let alone spell any of it. That's enough reason for 'high-quality universal preschool' programs
It burns -- I tell you this from experience -- to realize people have judged you by a lower standard, especially when you had the ability to meet the higher one all along. So this 'interim' cannot end soon enough
The digital age is here to stay, so some colleges are updating mandatory general education courses
Some students say heavy law school debts and political gridlock may be to blame
We posed questions to admissions officials at the Purdue University Krannert School of Management regarding the application process, what they look for in applicants, and what sets their school apart. These are their responses
We posed questions to admissions officials at the Tulane University A. B. Freeman School of Business regarding the application process, what they look for in applicants, and what sets their school apart. These are their responses
High-stakes testing, zero tolerance, militarized security and sadistic underfunding, has succeeded in warping public education beyond recognition, especially in low-income, zero-political-clout neighborhoods. And the result is kids with no future
The United States is a wealthy nation of dummies. Does it have to be this way? Of course not. In fact experts have argued that a relatively direct way to improve school achievement is to enroll all children in preschool
It is something of a truism that whenever the federal government steps in, costs usually rise and efficiency declines. That is especially true when it comes to a college education
As a former secretary of labor and current professor, I feel I owe it to you college graduates to tell you the truth about the pieces of parchment you're picking up today. You're screwed
Over the last few decades, we've created millions of indebted young Americans with little prospect of finding permanent well-paying work, servicing their enormous college debts
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You just can't out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question 'How and when will the world end?' Some were funny. Others simply plausible. But only environmentalist Bill McKibben could be a killjoy about the apocalypse itself
The greenwashed economy threatens our ability to pursue sustainable development
Earth hovers on the brink of ecological catastrophe -- actually, 20 years closer to the brink than it was at the first global climate summit
Forty years ago, the Club of Rome produced a report warning humanity that its escalating wants were on a collision course with the world's finite resources and that the only way to avoid a crash was to stop chasing economic growth. The predictions proved spectacularly wrong. But the environmental alarmism they engendered persists
With high and volatile commodity prices, forward-looking companies sense that the economics of production may be about to alter again
GOP lawmakers are howling to overturn the EPA's mercury regulations
Our author gets admiring glances as he rides the greenest bicycle. The bicycle is a clean machine, loved for its environmentally friendly characteristics as much as the refreshing blast of air that assaults the face of its rider
Colorado's wildfires and the record heat waves should sober up some climate change doubters
Don't bank on a new 'green economy' to solve our climate challenges
Coal, the rock that fueled the industrial age, is once again remaking the global energy landscape
The ever-increasing quantity of emissions could render moot the aim that has guided international climate diplomacy for nearly a decade: preventing the global temperature from rising by more than two degrees Celsius above its preindustrial level
Concerns about climate change, as well as growing demand for electricity, led many governments to reconsider their aversion to nuclear power. But the movement lost momentum when the earthquake and the massive tsunami it triggered devastated Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant.
How do we manifest responsibility to the planet? A serious consensus is building across the globe that doing so is crucial, that the weather extremes of recent years are no less than global warming in action
Corporations try to appear as though they have solutions to environmental problems while, in reality, they are continuing the policies that cause the most environmental degradation
A clean China is a long way off, but the government has recognised that pollution imposes real and growing costs on the economy
The challenges don't justify ending the pursuit of renewable power; they justify reforming it. It is time to push harder for renewable power, but to push in a smarter way
Something about seeing all those turbine propellers made me think of wartime mobilization, like FDR's ramp-up during the Lend-Lease period or Josef Stalin's decision to send Soviet heavy industry east of the Urals
In a victory for common sense, Canada has become the first country to bail on the Kyoto Protocol before the nearly $7 billion in noncompliance costs comes due next year
Joseph Nye -- the inventor of the term 'soft power' -- shares his thoughts on on America's role in an increasingly affluent world, Russia's decline, China's own goals. America's challenge is to wield smart power, a combination of hard and soft power
While president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi was the world's only democratically elected leader to motivate over 20 million of his people, one-quarter of the population, to sign a petition calling for his ouster. So why has the United States been so doggedly supporting Morsi?
The Washington Post editorial: 'No time for half-measures: Syria's rebels need a robust intervention.' The New York Times: 'After Arming the Rebels, Then What? President should be careful about being dragged into brutal Syrian war.' I'm on the side of the Times
President Obama's speech declaring that the United States is not committed to 'perpetual war' signals no swift end to America's fight against terrorism. But it does lay out his redirection from the previous open-ended Bush policy that went beyond self-defense
The Syrian war is spreading fast, engulfing all of its Middle East neighbors and risking even larger conflicts, while leaving the pertinent question: What's to be done before the region explodes? So what should the United States and Russia do now?
What if America's ultimate exit strategy for the Syrian conflict is to have it grind on ad infinitum because there's very little advantage to doing anything else? Increasingly, it's Russia that has the most to lose from the ongoing hostilities in Syria
The Iraqi state, post-Saddam and post-US occupation, struggles to hold together even on a good day. But events in Syria are testing its resilience more than any shock since the country was carved out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire
With a post-Castro Era looming on the horizon, the United States should muster the political will to prepare for February 2018, when neither Fidel nor Raul Castro will remain at the helm of the Cuban state
The State Department releases a report indicating which countries the United States considers 'State Sponsors of Terrorism.' Currently the list consists of four countries: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria. Cuba remains on its list. It's a serious mistake
Absent a policy of total military withdrawal on terms that allow the atmosphere of violence to dissipate, the Obama administration appears condemned to indefinitely continue the present vain and provocative campaigns against individuals and jihadist groups
What is the significance of all this? It reflects the long-standing American (and Israeli) concern that their officers or government figures might one day find themselves before the court on charges of breaking international law or as bearing responsibility for war crimes
By now, many people know Honduras is a violent and desperately poor Central American state. But, many people may not realize that the United States virtually created Honduras and plays an important role in maintaining the failed state that the country is today
Something very unusual happened at the OAS annual foreign ministers' meeting: the United States and Mexico won a diplomatic victory over authoritarian populist governments that wanted a free hand to suppress human rights monitors and critical media
Another apparel factory has collapsed in a poor Asian country, killing three workers, and I fear I'm partly to blame. The evidence of my complicity sits idle on the landing, next to a tennis racquet -- Asics shoes
The current argument is over intervention in the Syrian civil war. But to what American purpose? As always, democracy promotion, Washington says. Is this either politically or militarily feasible in Syria today? What relevance has this to America's terrorist threat?
A great deal has been written about the miserable failure of the Iraq war. Much lost -- 4,500 American lives and $2.2 trillion dollars, 13 percent of the national debt -- and little if anything gained. We traded one despot for another, and now Iraq is on the verge of civil war
In early 2009, Vali Nasr, one of America's greatest experts on Shia Islam and Iran, was asked by Richard Holbrooke to join his team. This book is the fruit of Nasr's time working with Holbrooke -- one of the greatest American diplomats
It is, I suppose, too discouraging to face the fact that in international affairs paradox and contradiction rule the world. Policymakers and politicians consistently get what they don't want
The significance of the shift from Europe to the Pacific is overrated, since Europe is much richer and more important to the American economy than China or any other Asian nation other than Japan. The US could in fact do well with a movement toward isolationism
Despite vowing specifically not to make our military the world's policeman or to engage in nation building, American presidents have undertaken or continued such exercises. Obama has seemed determined to reduce America's role as the world's policeman and nation-builder
The war that was supposed to follow the Cold War, according to the late Samuel Huntington, was to be a war between civilizations, with Islam and China improbably allied against what Huntington called Western Civilization, by which he meant the United States
Perhaps Secretary of State John Kerry's lack of attention to Latin America might not be so bad after all - it is moving Vice President Joe Biden to get more involved with the region, and may help turn U.S.-Latin American relations into a White House foreign policy priority
I've read with great attention President Barack Obama's article 'Improving our Partnership' in The Miami Herald on how to improve U.S. relations with Latin America. It was pretty disappointing
Forget all the headlines about immigration, security and drug issues during President Barack Obama's visit to Mexico: the most important (and least noticed) result of his trip may have dealt with an entirely different topic - student exchanges
War is war and murder is murder. The law draws the distinction. The American armed drone is a weapons system of war, not of policemen. Nor has the United States a commission to police the world of its radicals, jihadists and religious fanatics
U.S. - Mexican relations are strategically important to both countries, and Mexico's period of transition has created opportunities to reshape the partnership. The Pena Nieto administration is working with Washington to center primarily on mutual economic possibility
We've lost a war without being able to surrender -- and thus divest ourselves of the consciousness that got us into it. We are unable to look honestly at what we did and why, and determine not to do it again. Ten years later, how do we get the poison out of our system?
Virtually every president gets on a roll at some time during his administration, generally early on. And while he's on that roll, every day is a wedding. It seems he can't make a bad move. Eventually, the roll ends. President Barack Obama is not on a roll
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I tepidly approached the empty stool next to her. 'Excuse me,' I said, my gaze traveling from her eyes downward. 'Not interested pal,' she replied curtly. 'May I just touch it for a moment? Better yet, can I hold it?'
Nobody told me about the trap I was falling into. Not my friends, not my wife, certainly not the person who rang me up at the store. My hope here is I can provide for you what wasn't there for me
'Where's the remote?' My wife appeared, clutching the precious device in her left hand. 'May I please have it?' 'If you're expecting me to sit or roll over like the dog, may I remind you that my knees are killing me,' I replied
One recommendation for flu sufferers is to get plenty of rest. However, that hasn't stopped many of my Facebook friends from dragging themselves out of bed, firing up their computers
The San Francisco TV reporter was young, perky and brunette. Her interview subject was her polar opposite: male, late 60s and balding, with skin that looked as if it had traveled south for the winter and wasn't coming back
I have been driving for just over two hours and have yet to see another vehicle. Cellphone reception is nonexistent and I am silently praying that I chose the most dependable rental car on the lot
It makes sense that our most social media-savvy president would resort to strong-arming Congress via hashtags and @ signs. Don't you wonder how other presidents would have used Twitter had it been available throughout history?
It seems like there are more antique dealers than plumbers, and the supply of dealers far exceeds the dwindling number of antiques left for them to sell
'Let's have a family meeting!' 'I'm doing homework, Dad,' came the reply from my two daughters. 'NOW!' It was the last line that got them downstairs. 'Yeah, what?' my wife said. 'We are prepping for Doomsday,' I said
I subtly glanced at the patrons around me, trying to mimic them by sticking my nose far into the glass and inhaling deeply. I pinched the glass stem and swirled, nearly splashing red wine onto my white linen napkin. Eventually I sipped. 'Tastes, uh, great,' was my review
This year, the National Football League underwent more analysis than Lance Armstrong. By the time each ex-jock, former coach or retired referee told us what to expect in today's game, the contest was half over
There's nothing more stimulating to the brain than getting mad. I'm easily angered and there are so many things in the world to get mad about that my brain is seldom at ease. Nothing so regularly angers me as much as stories about lottery winners
Like millions of Americans, I begin each year vowing to lose a few pounds. As 2013 dawns, I plan to slightly modify my goal, focusing on a single part of my body. Specifically my thumbs
I came across a column by Dick Burdette entitled, 'These are a few of my favorite things.' I don't want to steal his column or lose my image as a complainer so I'll go in the opposite direction
Scenes like this are why it's time to harness my beloved streaming video technology. Venture capitalists listen up! I'm searching for backers for my new site, parentsgoaway.com. Here's how it works
As the holiday gift-buying clock winds down and all you cybershoppers sit smugly at your computers, bragging to anybody who will listen how easy it was to shop online, allow me to taint your eggnog
When my smartphone is also flashing an enormous number of texts and missed calls, I brace myself, as I have learned the hard way that this usually means someone I love is in trouble
A trip to the supermarket is one of the pleasures of my Saturdays. It's satisfying to have worked all week to make enough money to be able to spend some of it on Saturday for things you see in a store
The experts who know about this sort of thing have been predicting terrible consequences for the Earth and all of us on it unless we do something to stop the warming of our planet
There are a hundred places in the world that need the help U.S. power and money can provide. But we have to ask, how much can we do and how much do we have the will to do? How effective would diplomacy be?
One regular ticket for the Super Bowl costs about $600. If someone offers you a ticket for $10, don't buy it if you want to see the game. In the stadium, the game is an afterthought. It's treated as though it was an intrusion on the mindless noise flowing endlessly from the stadium speakers
It's that time again, so I've collected a few facts about presidential inaugurations. Maybe you can surprise your friends with them
We all look for that perfect day when we have enough to do but not too much. There's a fine line and we usually cross it. At this time of year, most of us have so much to do that there isn't time to sit back and enjoy our holiday
While I'm thinking about it, this might be a good time to make some Christmas resolutions for future years. Here's my list
Some days, it seems as though I have so much to do I can't get anything done. It happens a lot around Christmas
Bells are ringing like mad and shoppers are flooding the stores, so I guess it's not too early anymore to talk about Christmas. Following are a few things you may not have known about Christmas, and several things you know but may like to be reminded of
The votes have been (mostly) tabulated, a winner has been declared, the election is over and now it's time for all television networks to get back to doing what they do best: Developing new reality shows
China has become the world's workshop and Europe has an insatiable appetite for its exports. Most now arrive on giant container ships. But as ports become clogged and delivery times critical, China is once again looking to the old land routes across Asia
After the agreement with Panama was passed, President Martinelli spoke of 'fortifying a great and historic friendship between Americans and Panamanians.' Contributing familiar political hyperbole, he diverted attention from the crucial issue of corruption in Panama
In the new crisis-ridden global economy, free trade agreements are no longer what they used to be. In the past, when the U.S. economy was growing fast, gaining preferential access to the U.S. market was a make-or-break deal for countries like Colombia or Panama.
Congress approved the deal in a rare bipartisan achievement after negotiators overcame U.S. auto industry complaints that previous efforts at a deal failed to do enough to lift South Korea's barriers to U.S.-made cars
There are solid grounds to believe that the new bloc will be different, among other things, because it starts out with a big advantage
The international monetary system rests on just two currencies: the dollar and the euro. They are essential to global trade and finance. Were they not widely accepted, the global economy could not sustain current levels of international trade and investment.
The president's jobs effort is too little, too late, and too political, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus writes
The Colombian trade accord, first drafted by former President George W. Bush, and later revised by his incumbent Barack Obama, has been widely criticized for expanding trade relations with a country that still has an enormous record of human rights violations toward political activists and union leaders
The rising trade barriers that several Latin American countries, especially Brazil and Argentina, are erecting to protect their industries imports are causing growing concern in the hemisphere
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could add billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and solidify Washington's commitment to the Pacific. But if the Obama administration fails to calm critics of the deal, there is a growing possibility that it could collapse
Havana has announced economic reforms that could eventually allow free market policies to take root in Cuba, exposing the irrationality of Washington's aging and outdated stance toward Havana
The Senate plans to vote as soon as this week on a bill that would eliminate duties on some imports from 129 nations
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