In November last year, President Obama said, after a screening of Steven Spielberg’s biopic of Abraham Lincoln: “Part of what Lincoln teaches us is that to pursue the highest ideals and a deeply moral cause requires you also engage and get your hands dirty.”
As David Cameron visits Algeria, it seems that Downing Street is only now realising just how long-term a project defeating the Islamist rebels in North Africa will be.
He kept power by bullying those who dissented – and his departure leaves a dangerous vacuum.
For the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade - which legalised abortion in the US - the New Statesman is republishing Naomi Wolf's provocative 1995 essay, which argues that the pro-choice movement is "cultivating a hardness of heart".
2013 must be the year in which the root causes of hunger and malnutrition are tackled head on, writes Leah Kreitzman.
A further crack in an unpredictable and repressive regime.
Obama gave a well-written, brilliantly delivered, and - for the US - subversive inauguration speech. Why was the reaction of many UK progressive commentators so hysterically cynical?
Since December's school shooting in Connecticut, the President's voice has a new edge to it - a hardness, a determination, an aggression and a volume.
Watch President Obama get sworn in for a second term.
"I feel sorry for anybody who has been hurt but, other than that, I enjoyed it."
PM says number of Britons at risk at Algerian gas plant has been "significantly reduced" but that operations are not over.
There is no evidence that any EU member is willing to allow Britain to pick and choose which laws it obeys.
As protesters demanding delayed elections gather in Islamabad, a warrant for the PM's arrest is issued and sceptics call foul play.
A pledge to hold an in/out referendum will appease Tory MPs, but it will not deliver for Britain.
The EU is an asset for Britain, not a hindrance. Unlike Tory MPs, our businesses haven't forgotten that.
A sneak preview of tomorrow's front cover.
The deal struck by Obama and the Republicans leaves open the threat of dramatic spending cuts.
The US president's statement on the fiscal cliff deal demonstrates how he has rejected the coalition's approach.
Obama praises the decision.
In the backwaters of India, in rural areas still governed by feudal mindsets, rapes and gang rapes continue with impunity. The candle flame wave being carried through Delhi’s foggy, winter nights is not reaching this India.
There is no incentive for the Democrats to be conciliatory on the budget negotiations; nor, after the last few years of partisan bad feeling, will there be much inclination among them to do so.
Australia’s response to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre offers a model for the US to emulate.
The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Before the public outrage over the Connecticut shooting dissipates, the president must take a stand.
If Aung San Suu Kyi dares to hope that Burma’s future can be better, then we have a duty to support her with every means at our disposal.
A new banking deal shows what can be achieved when Tory backbench wreckers aren't stealing the show.
In a globalised and interdependent economy, we all stand to benefit from development spending.
The US president needs to focus not just on employment per se but on creating good jobs.
The choice now is to risk abandoning a decade of military and civilian investment, or to capitalise on it.
Conflict reporting has always been the most dangerous branch of journalism - but in the changing political landscape of recent years, has it become even more so?