politics & society
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.
President Nicolas Sarkozy is hitting the streets this week as the start of formal campaigning has kicked off. His challengers, including Francois Hollande, Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melonchon are hoping to make the economy issue number one, while Sarkozy is hoping it's anything but.
President Barack Obama brought his message of "shared sacrifice" to Florida Tuesday, where he argued that passing a tax code change requiring the wealthiest of Americans to pay an effective tax rate of at least 30 percent. The Romney campaign blasts the idea and points out Obama is the first candidate in recent memory to campaign on raising taxes.
Rick Santorum on Tuesday said that he was suspending his campaign for president. The announcement comes after Santorum failed to win a single state in last week's primary elections and after he took the weekend off of the campaign to care for his ailing daughter.
Hillary Clinton's gone viral. Or her text messages have gone viral. Or her imaginary text messages have gone viral. A Tumblr blog imagining what Clinton's text message conversations would be like sprouted up recently and became popular on the web but got a dose of mainstream credibility when Clinton herself made a submission to the site.