The United States was among the first foreign nations to move in to help the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation. The US has long had close, though not always happy, ties with the island nation.
In the 1970s after Watergate, the Senate held hearings that showed the NSA had been spying on citizens. And Congress enacted laws to control it. Journalist Tim Weiner says that's the type of openness the US needs now.
Congress has narrowly avoided a global financial crisis by taking a cue from Europe. Both regions are kicking the can down the road, rather than finding lasting solutions. Short-term fixes, though, may lead to long-term decline for the West.
As President Obama and Speaker Boehner dig their heels in, there's a lot of talk about the need to "save face" and resolve the shutdown standoff. That concept of "saving face" is common in other cultures, especially in Asian nations like Japan.
For the third time, President Obama has put off visits to Asia for domestic political reasons. But a former White House advisor says that does not mean the administration is giving up on its commitment to 'rebalance' American foreign policy toward the Asia-Pacific region and away from the Middle East.
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