Rising nationalism is feuling the conflict between China and Japan over a string of islands in the East China Sea. The real battle is over the nations' dueling economic interests.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's aggressive talk may just be bluster, or he may reason the run up to the US presidential election is the perfect time to take out Iranian centrifuges.
Republicans traditionally had an edge on taxes, portraying Democrats as tax-and-spend profligates. This time, however, Mitt Romney's low tax mantra rings hollow.