The Great Debate

Vladimir Putin is the closest thing to a friend Israel has ever had in Moscow

January 14, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, September 21, 2015. Netanyahu said his visit to Moscow on Monday was aimed at preventing clashes between Russian and Israeli military forces in the Middle East. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. - RTS24WH

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool

Why are these children representing themselves in court?

January 14, 2016
Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona June 18, 2014. CBP provided media tours June 18 of two locations in Brownsville, Texas and Nogales that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.  REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin/Pool  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR3UJAE

Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin/Pool

A powerful veep audition for GOP Governor Nikki Haley

January 13, 2016
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club  in Washington September 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Will scandals simply overwhelm Hillary Clinton?

January 13, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures as she walks on stage at a Democratic fundraising dinner featuring all three candidates in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Hillary Clinton walks on stage at a Democratic fundraising dinner in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

War College: Why is this 60-year-old U.S. warplane still flying?

January 12, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, David Philipps

North Korea sets off a nuclear bomb and how does the U.S. respond? The Pentagon sends a 65-year-old airplane to buzz Korean airspace. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense if the warplane wasn’t the B-52 bomber. Designed in the aftermath of World War Two, obsolete nearly before the last one rolled off the line in 1961 – the Stratofortress may remain in the air for another 25 years.

Has Obama really changed America?

January 12, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama reacts while talking about Newtown and other mass killings during an event held to announce new gun control measures at the White House in Washington January 5, 2016.  The White House unveiled gun control measures on Monday that require more gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background checks, moves Obama said were well within his authority to implement without congressional approval. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama reacts while talking about Newtown and other mass killings during an event held to announce new gun control measures at the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Five steps Obama can take before leaving office to stave off climate disaster

January 11, 2016
Vehicles pass a road as smog covers China's capital Beijing on an extremely polluted day, December 1, 2015. The Chinese characters on the electronic board to the right read, "low visibility, slow down". REUTERS/Jason Lee      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1WLMT

Smog covers Beijing on an extremely polluted day, December 1, 2015. The Chinese characters on the electronic board read, “Low visibility, slow down.” REUTERS/Jason Lee

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The West is losing the battle for the heart of Europe

January 10, 2016
A Greek policeman stands in front of Iraqi, Afghani and Syrian refugees waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near to the village of Idomeni, Greece December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1XC9R

A Greek policeman stands in front of Iraqi, Afghan and Syrian refugees waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

In North Korea, kids learn to love the bomb – and Minnie Mouse

January 8, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Jean H. Lee

North Korea is the most mysterious and oppressive regime on earth. Few journalists penetrate Pyongyang and fewer still stay long enough to understand the country and its people. Jean Lee is one of those determined few.