U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, (R-Mo.) a candidate for the U.S. Senate, over the weekend explained that he would ban abortion and didn't believe an exception was necessary in cases of rape -- because he's heard that women's bodies can shut down their reproductive systems and prevent becoming pregnant if they're "legitimately" raped.
Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich will spend the next two years in prison after a Russian judge determined they had offended the sensibilities of religious people with an anti-Vladimir Putin protest performance in an Orthodox Cathedral.
Negative ads and back-and-forth name calling have dominated much of the campaign rhetoric and political news coverage this election season. A communications professor who helps run factcheck.org says this presidential campaign has sunk to new lows.
A new ad campaign against President Barack Obama includes former U.S. intelligence and special forces operatives attacking the president for boasting about killing Osama bin Laden and accuses him of leaking material from the White House.
Under a new program announced by President Barack Obama in June, illegal immigrants brought to this country by their parents, at a young age, are now eligible to apply for deferral of deportation for two years, with the possibility of renewal. That allows them to live and work in the U.S., legally.
A judge this week is expected to rule on the legality of Pennsylvania's new voter ID law. Conservatives say people are required to produce ID for many aspects of daily life, and voting should be no different. Opponents say as many as 800,000 voters don't have proper ID. Both sides have vowed to appeal if need-be.
Over the weekend, Mitt Romney announced that he'd chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate in the upcoming presidential election. And while Republicans praised the pick as bold and game-changing, and something that would rally the conservative base, Democrats sought to paint him as out of touch and, perhaps worse, as the ideological leader of a deeply unpopular U.S. Congress.
A Virginia Deputy Sheriff says he was fired for liking the Facebook page of his boss's opponent. Sheriff B.J. Roberts says Ray Carter was fired because of poor performance. Now, a wrongful termination lawsuit may turn on whether Carter's Facebook like is considered a form of free speech.
It was a mixed bag Friday morning when the latest labor report was released. Jobs were up, but so was unemployment. And both Republicans and Democrats were moving to capitalize politically on the mixed message. One bright point, though, was that manufacturing jobs are growing faster than at any point in almost 30 years.
With an election just a few months away, U.S. elected officials reached an agreement on how to fund government operations through the end of March. The bipartisan agreement surprised many, as budget decisions in recent years have led to protracted negotiations.