politics & society
From May 20-21, world leaders will meet in Chicago to discuss the future of NATO. It will be the first time a NATO summit has been held anywhere in the United States other than Washington D.C. While the city looks at the event as an opportunity to show it's worth, many will engage in anti-war protests during the conference to demonstrate their disagreement with recent NATO involvements.
President Barack Obama shook up the presidential campaign on Wednesday by declaring his support for same-sex marriage. The decision comes after two members of his leadership team declared their own support.
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.
The Senate won't take up a Democrat-backed bill to keep student loan interest rates low after Republicans blocked the measure over how the bill is paid for. Republicans have their own proposal to do the same thing, funded in a way Democrats reject.
Francois Hollande will be the next president of France, the winner of a run-off election on Sunday between himself and Nicholas Sarkozy. Hollande, a Socialist, has promised to rollback, or at least modify, the austerity measures championed by his predecessor.
The stakes are high in Mexico's upcoming presidential election. The candidates will meet Sunday to debate the issues, but many in Mexico won't be watching as the two largest television networks have chosen not to air them, in favor of regular programming.
John Dingell has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1955. Recently Daniel Marcin, a Ph.D. student, announced that he will attempt to stop Dingell's incumbency short of 30 terms. Dingell, however, is not ready to give up his seat in Congress.
The Vatican reprimanded the largest group of Catholic nuns in the United States two weeks ago for promoting "radical feminist themes." The reprimand was issued after a two-year investigation. The church has appointed an archbishop to oversee reform of the group, but many Catholics have come out in support of the American nun group.
Tuesday was May Day, an international holiday to celebrate of workers. This year, the occupy movement aimed to use the holiday to re-engage Americans in a dialogue about the 99 percent. Protests were held or planned in some 125 cities across the country.
While prostitution is legal and prevalent in Cartagena, the city has a much more complex and appealing reputation as well. It's a World Heritage site, with ancient colonial buildings and a jumping off point for a family and adventure tours as well. Locals say that's being overlooked since the Secret Service prostitution scandal there.