politics & society
Voters in southern Arizona are at the polls, picking who they want to serve out the balance of the term they elected Gabrielle Giffords to in 2010. Giffords resigned in January so she could focus her energy on recovering from the shooting that took the lives of six people and injured 13 more, including Giffords.
Bowing to increasing pressure from Congress, the Obama administration announced that it had appointed two U.S. attorney to investigate who is behind leaks about top secret U.S. intelligence and military programs. This continues a pattern of aggressively prosecuting leakers under the Obama administration.
With billions of Google searches conducted across the country, it can be a powerful tool in divining what really interests Americans. For example, porn is a more popular search than weather. But it can also provide political intelligence, as one Harvard researcher recently discovered.
Wisconsonites voted Tuesday to keep incumbent Scott Walker in the governor's seat. The recall election is over, but Tea Party supporters, union organizers and voters are speaking out on what the results mean for the rest of the country.
Though matters of foreign policy have provided Barack Obama and Mitt Romney equal chances to batter one another, and it could be argued that a large part of the slow U.S. economic recovery is due to foreign troubles, foreign policy doesn't amount to much for voters.
On the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protests, also known in China as the June Fourth Incident, artists and activists are working to keep memories of that day alive. At the same time, the Chinese government is intent on silencing stories from Tiananmen.
On Tuesday Wisconsin voters will decide whether to recall Governor Scott Walker from office. Walker's clamp down on Wisconsin's public sector labor unions set off a recall campaign that has spanned over a year and brought national campaign energy to the state.
"Equal pay for equal work" has been a phrase since the 20th century. However, in the United States, women still make, on average, significantly less money than their male counterparts. The Paycheck Fairness Act attempts to address the gender wage gap and will be voted on in Congress later this week, but is not expected to pass.
The debate over fire retardant chemicals has flared up again, prompted by a new investigative series in the Chicago Tribune. Reporters traced a decades-long campaign created by tobacco lobbyists to distract attention from the fire hazard caused by smoking.
An appeals court ruled Thursday that the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies several federal benefits to gay married couples, is unconstitutional.