Jan 20, 2012 4:38PM ET
The U.S. is preparing to shut down its embassy in Syria and evacuate its personnel by the end of the month, reports The Washington Post.
Jan 20, 2012 2:58PM ET
An anonymous official in Pakistan said the country may allow U.S. military trainers back into the country this spring, but won't ever allow drones to operate there again, reports Fox News.
Jan 20, 2012 1:29PM ET
People tended to react with amazement at Thursday's now-viral footage of President Obama singing a few bars of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," but our painstaking research reveals that breaking into song is actually something of an ace-in-the-hole move for the president.
Jan 20, 2012 9:44AM ET
Ariel Levy on Gingrich's debate, Nicholas Burns on Iran, Jonathan Alter on the State of the Union, David Brooks on the Romneys, and Carlo Rotella on talking heads.
Jan 19, 2012 5:24PM ET
After teasing that he would make an "unconventional endorsement" Thursday, Herman Cain followed through, announcing that he endorses "We the People" for president.
Jan 19, 2012 5:21PM ET
FIFA's next World Cup is slated to take place in Brazil, which doesn't allow alcohol sales at sporting events, but FIFA's commissioner made clear Thursday that little things like "laws" won't stand in the way of soccer fans and their brew.
Jan 19, 2012 2:53PM ET
A new report found that a third of teenage moms surveyed didn't use protection because, for one reason or another, they didn't think they could get pregnant.
Jan 19, 2012 10:01AM ET
Joe Karaganis on web piracy, Joshua Green on food stamps, Nicholas Kristof on banking, Alan Blinder on the deficit, and George Will on police overreach
Jan 18, 2012 5:29PM ET
Mitt Romney keeps millions of dollars in funds based in the Cayman Islands, a notorious tax shelter, reports ABC News, and while they don't think he's ducking U.S. taxes, the story is another reminder than the guy is very rich.
Jan 18, 2012 4:48PM ET
The internet is abuzz with confusion at the news that Rob Lowe, known in some circles for his acting, tweeted that he believes Peyton Manning will retire from the NFL after this season.
Jan 18, 2012 9:55AM ET
Ezra Klein on Romney's taxes, Jamie Stiehm on Showtime's Homeland, Scot Lehigh on young voters, William Pesek on Myanmar, and Arthur Herman on military cuts.
Jan 17, 2012 5:07PM ET
Yahoo's co-founder Jerry Yang, who started the company 17 years ago, announced Tuesday he is retiring from the board and from all his other positions.
Jan 17, 2012 4:10PM ET
In a live chat Tuesday, Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan says he's okay with the controversial headline Newsweek editors put on his cover story critique of President Obama's critics.
Jan 17, 2012 3:12PM ET
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's opponents will file nearly twice as many signatures as they needed Tuesday in support of a recall election, making it nearly impossible for Walker to avoid an early vote on his term.
Jan 17, 2012 1:22PM ET
Widely panned for rehashing the old slur about women comedians not being funny, David Letterman's comedy booker Eddie Brill is now being replaced, Mirth Magazine reported Tuesday.
Jan 17, 2012 9:41AM ET
John Cassidy on the debate, Joe Nocera on bank regulations, Bret Stephens on Europe, Michael Gerson on global warming, and David Brooks on campaigns.
Jan 16, 2012 5:08PM ET
Discovered: La Niña weather patterns could cause pandemics, when men outnumber women they tend to spend more, and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle gets an update.
Jan 16, 2012 2:29PM ET
Newsbeast Editor Tina Brown rightly tweeted this morning that "Andrew Sullivan has lit up the web," with his Newsweek cover story, "Why Are Obama's Critics So Dumb?" But an ad hominem cover line is better for creating heat than light.
Jan 16, 2012 12:21PM ET
Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: The Golden Globes happened and many celebrities did many things in their aftermath. Elsewhere, Sean Penn was named an ambassador at large to Haiti.
Jan 16, 2012 9:39AM ET
Stephen Tuck on Martin Luther King Jr., James Fallows on Jon Huntsman, James Carroll on Catholics and the culture war, Ricardo Caballero and Francesco Giavazzi on Italy, and Fred Hiatt on the weak Republican field.
Jan 13, 2012 5:30PM ET
A controversially selected quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that appears in the recently unveiled memorial on the National Mall is getting an edit, proving that just because something is physically etched in stone doesn't mean it's figuratively so.
Jan 13, 2012 2:33PM ET
Rick Perry perhaps jokingly called on a mannequin with a raised hand while taking questions at a South Carolina campaign stop, and a meme is ready to be born.
Jan 13, 2012 1:25PM ET
Proving that politicians attempting to speak a foreign language will never not be funny, a new Twitter account parodying Mitt Romney's French skills follows up on Newt Gingrich's bizarrely off-topic attack ad on his Francophone rival.
Jan 13, 2012 9:46AM ET
Charles Krauthammer on Ron Paul, Su Chi on Taiwan's future, Jonathan Alter on William Daley, Peggy Noonan on South Carolina, and Michael Kinsley on Romney's health care record.
Jan 12, 2012 1:23PM ET
Laura Bush revealed Wednesday that she and her husband George W. Bush wanted the president's brother, former governor of Florida Jeb Bush, to run for president in 2012.
Jan 12, 2012 9:46AM ET
Ezra Klein on presidents and jobs, Nicholas Kristof on teacher quality, Conor Friedersdorf on the hunt for conservative alternatives, Elliott Abrams on the Middle East, and Joan Vennochi on Scott Brown.
Jan 11, 2012 7:22PM ET
Before the holidays New York Times columnist Gail Collins defiantly noted that she wouldn't stop mentioning the time Romney made his dog ride to Canada on the roof of the family car no matter what her critics said, but since then we fear "crate-gate" has gone and jumped the shark.
Jan 11, 2012 7:06PM ET
The White House confirmed that mega-stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were visiting today after intrepid paparazzi photo-journalists caught some creepy-looking images of the couple through a White House window.
Jan 11, 2012 5:25PM ET
Though it appears Rick Perry doesn't meet any of CNN's criteria, the network says Gov. Rick Perry will be allowed to participate in next week's debate, because, apparently, Perry actually wants to submit himself to more debates.
Jan 11, 2012 3:58PM ET
The U.S. Marine Corps said it's investigating a horrible video that shows Marines urinating on dead bodies.