As Europe digests the results of recent elections, there's a growing sense that decisions made there today could land in the United States in the heart of the election season. That could be a deciding factor in whether Mitt Romney or Barack Obama are chosen to serve the next four-year term as President of the United States.
Giorgos Germenis was one of 21 members of the Golden Dawn party, often associated with neo-Nazis and fascism, elected to the Greek Parliament. He's a member of a black metal band -- a type of music associated with dark, violent themes and satanism. He's not your typical politician.
The Greece of today is nothing like the triumphant Greece that hosted the 2004 Olympic games. Unemployment is high, anger is high and mental health is frayed. That's the findings of a reporter who used to live in Greece and headed back to see what's changed in the days of austerity and budget cuts.
Opposition research is used in the United States by political candidates looking to dig up dirt on their opponents. However, researchers will also get information on their clients as a form of risk management. Alan Huffman coauthored "We're With Nobody," a book about his work as a political opposition researcher.
On Wednesday, in an interview with ABC News, President Barack Obama declared his personal support for same-sex marriage. But some commentators say that may cost him electoral support, particularly with African-American voters.
Voters in North Carolina approved Amendment One to the state constitution. It bans all domestic partnerships as well as same-sex marriage within the state. Some believe the amendment is a civil rights violation.
Dick Lugar, the long-serving Republican U.S. Senator from Indiana, has a history of bipartisanship and working collaboratively with various presidents. Now, in a tight primary election, his opponent is shoving that bipartisanship in his face. But is that what's best for America?
Syrians had an opportunity to cast votes on Monday. The government said it went smoothly and turnout was high. But critics, still battling the government in some parts of the country, rejected the election as illegitimate, so long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.
Greek voters threw out the most prominent political parties, the two parties that have backed austerity measures, in favor of far-right and far-left politicians who promised an end to EU-mandated budget cuts and tax increases. But there's no indication anyone will be able to form a government.
Tuesday's Republican primary election will be another chance for the party's conservative wing to take aim at its more moderate branch. Conservative Richard Mourdock is challenging incumbent moderate Richard Lugar -- and Mourdock has a 10-point lead according to the latest polls.