As a child growing up just south of Atlanta, Margaret Mitchell used to sit on the front porch, listening to adults tell stories about the Civil War as they passed still summer nights in Clayton County. Those stories went on to help inspire one of the most famous novels of all time — Gone with the Wind, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
President Obama tells Congress to get cracking on the deficit reduction talks — and maybe not take so many vacations. After all, Mister Obama said, his kids do their homework ahead of time, so why can't Congress?
Bank of America will pay $8.5 billion to settle claims by investors who lost money on mortgage-backed securities. The securities at issue were put together and sold by Countrywide, and they became Bank of America's problem when the bank acquired the mortgage giant in 2008.
There may be debate among military experts and politicians whether President Obama made the right decision about the scale and pace of U.S. troop withdrawals in Afghanistan, but the fact of the matter is the decision has been made and with that comes a whole new set of dynamics: The Afghan withdrawal, along with the dwindling U.S. commitment to Iraq and Libya, affords the opportunity to examine America's global posture in the future — how it engages with the rest of the world, militarily and otherwise.