politics & society
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.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs treats suicidal veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues. According to recent reports, there are 950 suicide attempts per month by military veterans, and many are not receiving the treatment they seek right away.
This just may be a "perfect storm," in terms of the number of high-profile, contentious cases set to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this year, in the months before the U.S. presidential election. With immigration, affirmative action, and, of course, the healthcare law, the Supreme Court will be front-and-center on important campaign issues.
A trial started Monday with federal officials saying John Edwards broke campaign finance laws when he received nearly $1 million in donations that he says were meant to support the woman with whom he'd had an affair and who was having his child. Federal officials say the amount to a campaign donation.
A new law in Tennessee will allow public school teachers to discuss alternatives to such scientific topics as evolution and climate change. The bill, known as the "academic freedom" law by its supporters and the "monkey bill," by its detractors, went into effect Friday.
A gay rights activist was murdered outside of a bar last week in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after reportedly attempting to break up a fight between two men. Members of the community have come out to honor Raymond Taavel's memory.
Mitt Romney has some of the highest negative ratings of any presidential candidate in recent history. As he begins to turn toward a general election contest with Barack Obama, Romney will have to improve on that image.
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen caused some controversy Wednesday night when she made a comment on CNN suggesting Ann Romney and other stay-at-home mothers don't work. The comment has been decried by Democrats and Republicans, and Rosen has since apologized for the comment. However, the debate over Rosen's intent continues.
The days of public radio and television being a refuge from political ads may be over, at least for public broadcasters on the U.S. west coast. A court ruling there will allow public broadcasters to begin accepting political ads immediately.
Gu Kailai, the wife of powerful Chinese political leader Bo Xilai, was charged in connection with the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, who was believed to have died in his hotel room in Chongqing. Bo was an up-and-coming political leader in China who has fallen from grace in the wake of a scandal amidst a leadership transition in the country.