politics & society
Congress extended federal unemployment benefits in February, but, it came with a reduction in the weeks of aid. Many who are unemployed will lose their benefits sooner than expected — as soon as next month. With the recent spike in unemployment numbers, the debate continues over the best way to handle the country's jobless.
The Latino population in Texas is booming to the point that in 20 years, the state could be majority Latino. Couple that with hard-line Republican policies on immigration and budget cuts at the state level and you have a recipe for turning the once-Republican stranglehold of Texas into a more purple, or even blue, state in the future.
Quebec's budget is swimming in red ink and the government has proposed hikes in college tuition to help fix that. But the students are upset and took to the streets. That led to a bungled government response that ultimately widened the protests to be a broader rebuke of government over-reach and budget cuts.
For many residents of India, caste is an important factor in daily life. It's so pervasive that when selecting a mate, even using an online dating website, many people wouldn't imagine considering someone from a different caste.
In the most recent fiscal year, U.S. taxpayers paid millions of dollars for the offices, phones and postage of our four living former presidents. All the while, many of those same ex-presidents were making millions on the speaking circuit, on top of a nearly $200,000 federal pension. One Congressman wants to rein in that spending.
Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday after being convicted earlier this year of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy for spying on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, who was kissing another man in their Rutger dormitory. Clementi later committed suicide.
In Chicago Monday, NATO leaders were wrapping up their two-day summit focused largely on the future of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, outside, protesters targeted the leaders as well as major businesses in an effort to draw attention to their grievances.
Early Thursday the New York Times reported word of an ad campaign being considered by a major conservative donor. It would have tried to tie President Barack Obama to controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright. But just as fast as the story broke, Republicans and Democrats condemned it and the project was quickly cancelled.
The U.S. Census Bureau released new data for 2011 that go a long way in describing the shifts in American demographics. We're becoming more multicultural, we're becoming younger, but only in certain places. In fact, white Americans are becoming less numerous, and certainly as a portion of the school-age group.
President Barack Obama's announcement that he supported same-sex marriage has mobilized Latino voters. A largely Roman Catholic group, Latino Americans actually support same-sex marriage in slightly higher numbers than the average American.