State of the Union. President Barack Obama’s second State of the Union address Tuesday night put an urgent, unmistakable emphasis on growing the American economy and creating jobs, while also seeking to preserve the more cooperative tone that has prevailed in Washington since the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat.
Financial Crisis Was Avoidable. The 2008 financial crisis was an “avoidable” disaster caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by Wall Street, according to the conclusions of a federal inquiry.
U.S. Foreign Policy. As the Obama administration confronts the spectacle of angry protesters and baton-wielding riot police officers from Tunisia to Egypt to Lebanon, it is groping for a plan to deal with an always-vexing region that is now suddenly spinning in dangerous directions.
Quote of the Day. "The challenge for Catholic universities is finding a place for bibles and papal decrees between our telescopes and microscopes.” John H. Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, at a ceremonial inauguration yesterday. (Washington Post)