politics & society
The Irish language has often been viewed as a weapon by Irish Catholic and an enemy tongue by the country's Protestants. But no longer, if some Irish have their way. They're trying to reclaim the language for both sides, and take the politics out of it.
Republicans in the U.S. Senate this week have indicated they'll allow votes on two bills — one that would reform the country's immigration system and another that would provide for background checks in all commercial gun sales. Whether they'll pass, though, remains to be seen.
President Barack Obama nominated Sri Srinivasin to be the newest judge on the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals. Srinivasin, should he be confirmed, and all of the rest of the D.C. judges play an outsized role in the country's environmental policy.
Filipinos make us the second largest group of immigrants to the United States. Many came after serving in the U.S. military during World War II. But because there are so many, getting visas to bring adult family members to the United States can be nearly impossible -- with the wait for most stretching a dozen years or more.
Margaret Thatcher was a controversial figure in life and was similarly so in death. While world leaders, especially conservative ones, praised her accomplishments, some liberals panned the Iron Lady's legacy while recognizing the impact she had on the world in 11 years as Britain's prime minister.
Omar Hammami, also known as Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, grew up in Alabama, a typical American. But, eventually, he grew enamored with his father's Islamic heritage, converted, became an extremist and joined terrorist group al-Shabaab. Today, he's the most high-profile American terrorist.
The U.S. federal courts are being forced to apply 1976 law to modern digital innovations. With respect to two new digital services, judges took two different paths, ruling one was compliant with federal copyright law, while another was not.
A federal judge handed a victory to women's health advocates, saying that the federal government erred when it overruled a panel of scientists who recommended that Plan B One-Step be made available to women of all ages. He gave the government 30 days to change its policies.
Gun reform has been a hot topic since the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, but political movement has been slow. But the costs continue to mount. One recent Huffington Post report documented just how much those literal costs hurt our economy.
A poll from the Pew Research Center found that the number of Americans who identify as not being religious has grown. Despite these numbers, Todd Stiefel, major funder of what he calls a "free thinkers movement," says atheists are one of the groups most discriminated against.