politics & society
Hurricane Sandy roared ashore in New York just two weeks ago, destroying the homes of the wealthy and the poor alike. Elliott Sclar, from Columbia University's Earth Institute, says that will open the door to discussions of future land-use made critical by climate change.
Spain has one of the strictest eviction laws in the world. Not only do people lose their homes, but they remain liable for the full value of the mortgage -- as do their descendants. But after at least three eviction-related suicides, much of the country has said enough is enough.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday won a second term, powered by a coalition of minority and youth voters. In a rousing speech to his supporters, he told Americans the "best is yet to come." The Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate, while Republicans control the House of Representatives.
President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, are in the final phases of their campaign. Voters across the country are not just choosing a president though, they're electing Senators and school board members and weighing in on constitutional issues as well.
U.S. presidents often talk of their hope to find peace in the Middle East and they practically always talk about their support for Israel's security. But on the ground there, expectations are much lower. And perhaps with good reason.
In this election cycle, there's been no shortage of memes. Binders full of women, horses and bayonets, and many others. Often, those memes play out in videos on YouTube, which have totally changed the election conversation.
The final jobs report before the November presidential election came out Friday and it had a bit of good news for both candidate, though probably a bit more for President Barack Obama. The economy added 171,000 jobs, more than expected, but employment did nudge upward as people returned to the labor force.
As the northeast picks up from the hurricane that roared ashore this week, election officials are left trying to figure out how to hold elections in places where residents have been evacuated and power is spotty, or non-existent. In Ocean County, N.J., they've adapted their vote-by-mail system to compensate.
President Barack Obama generated positive feelings with much of the Latino community this summer when he announced a deferred deportation program for young, undocumented immigrants. But as the program is implemented, there's a hole. Those same youths are still ineligible for healthcare coverage under the Healthcare Reform Act.
Errol Morris makes political ads, among other TV and movie productions, and even made a series of commercials in support of John Kerry's losing campaign in 2004. His latest project, though, is apolitical, and looks at why Americans just don't vote.