politics & society
In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, women and human rights groups are demanding that Palestinian leaders do more to stop violence against women. The call comes in the wake of a murder in Bethlehem last week that has shocked the Palestinian public. Activists hope the case will raise awareness of domestic violence.
A Virginia Deputy Sheriff says he was fired for liking the Facebook page of his boss's opponent. Sheriff B.J. Roberts says Ray Carter was fired because of poor performance. Now, a wrongful termination lawsuit may turn on whether Carter's Facebook like is considered a form of free speech.
98-year-old James Benet left the United States in his 20s to fight on the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War. The Republicans were backed not only by foreigners, like Benet, but also by Mexico and the Soviet Union. After his side lost, Benet came back to a United States where he was immediately viewed as a communist.
Novelist Marie Myung-Ok Lee says living with her autistic son has taught her there's more to life than "having it all." In a world with so many unique problems, she asks, why are we comparing our lives to anyone else's?
It was a mixed bag Friday morning when the latest labor report was released. Jobs were up, but so was unemployment. And both Republicans and Democrats were moving to capitalize politically on the mixed message. One bright point, though, was that manufacturing jobs are growing faster than at any point in almost 30 years.
Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, says his agency has taken a number of steps to try and mitigate the situation for farmers and ranchers. But real relief won't come, he says, unless Congress takes action. So far, with summer break looming, that hasn't happened.
With an election just a few months away, U.S. elected officials reached an agreement on how to fund government operations through the end of March. The bipartisan agreement surprised many, as budget decisions in recent years have led to protracted negotiations.
On the second stop of his three-nation foreign tour, Mitt Romney found himself walking back remarks that seemed to indicate he endorsed a pre-emptive Israeli strike on Iran. A day later, he was on the defensive again after he offended Palestinians with comments about their poverty.
One week after the Colorado shooting, Adam Gopnik takes a look back at what happened and what needs to change. Though it's impossible to say that violence in American pop culture causes mass murdering, Gopnik says, the two are connected. Has the cost of movie violence gotten too high?
Australia requires mandatory attendance at its polls on Election Day. Why not the United States? Roll Call columnist Norman Ornstein argues mandatory voting would do more than boost voter turnout. He says it would improve the entire U.S. political system.