Politics and Society
Air conditioning has become an ubiquitous part of modern American life. Nearly all cars and 86 percent of homes in the United States have it. That makes it easy to forget about the dramatic changes the advent of air conditioning ushered in, including the development of the Deep South.
The political conventions this time of year are a time for politicians and their parties to woo and reward the big money that's driving their campaigns. At the Republican Convention this week, and next week's Democratic convention, there are a number of opportunities for the politically powerful to connect....
The Sikh community is often known for its turbans. Sikh men are expected to wear turbans at virtually all times, even while sleeping. But the turbans often lead others to misunderstand or discriminate against Sikhs, so an American Sikh put together a video to try and explain why Sikhs wear turbans, and just how they come to be....
If you attend a political event, you're very likely to notice the music. It's been chosen to convey a message, one of hope, or patriotism or even of sticking together. And while the politicians are careful about what they choose, sometimes the musicians are none-too-pleased to be included....
The 2000 election exposed the fragile state of the American voting system, but it's unclear how much has changed since the Bush v. Gore controversy 12 years ago. Law professor Rick Hasen says that without federal reform, Election Day meltdowns will continue to occur....
Sports owners and pro athletes make big money. Many of them also give away some of that money to political causes. In some cities, there's a split among owners. Take Los Angeles, where the Angels' owner backs the Republicans, while the Dodgers ownership backs Democrats. Among players, at least in the NBA, there's no such split....
Mitt Romney didn't get a big boost in the polls after he named Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate, new polls out Wednesday revealed. Romney and President Barack Obama remain locked in a tight race for the White House....
Ecuador's decision to grant asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has prompted rebukes and support from nations across the world. Particularly in Latin America, support has been strong for protecting the country's sovereignty....
Todd Akin, the Republican Congressman running for U.S. Senate, is resisting growing calls by fellow Republicans to withdraw from the race in the wake of comments on Sunday where he said women who are "legitimately raped" have ways of shutting down their own reproductive systems so they don't get pregnant....
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....
- U.S. faces hurdles if it chooses to extradite NSA leaker Snowden to face criminal charges
- Iranian President-elect a moderate, with unknown ability to reform
- U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Arizona voter citizenship provision
- Survey finds broad support for Edward Snowden, NSA leaker
- Greek government, citing budget problems, pulls plug on public broadcaster
- NSA whistleblower reveals himself, hopes for safety in Hong Kong
- U.S. Congress reopens debate over replacing dollar bills with coins
- Spanish town reminds dog owners to pick up after their pets ... with special deliveries
- What can the NSA do with phone and Internet data?
- Why are black people four times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana crimes?
- Turkey's Creationist TV channel uses women described as 'Barbie-like' to spread message
- Catholic priests in Philippines bring Mass to shopping malls to meet the people
- Among Myanmar's large Buddhist population, monks, monasteries play important role
- 'I am a Mormon' campaign launches in London, in response to play's debut
- Yangon Muslims watch nervously as violence spreads in Myanmar
- New Pope Francis gets less than warm greeting from Venezuela
- New book seeks to guide Orthodox Jewish newly weds in sexual intimacy
- Latino Catholics in the U.S. embrace Catholic Church's new Argentinian pope
- Argentina's Dirty War revisited after new pope is elected
- Catholic Church unveils Pope Francis as next leader
- Deportation leaves family split apart, no one truly home
- Modern family takes on new dimension when it comes to structure, gender
- Obama administration drops objection to Plan B ruling
- George Zimmerman trial enters jury selection
- Silicon Valley's immigrant janitors given chance to learn English at work
- States consider reforms to help domestic workers move out of shadows
- Ukraine’s Asgarda martial arts program recasts Amazon warrior women
- Undocumented immigrant caregiver tells story from inside invisible workforce
- Meat processing across the Midwest largely done by immigrants
- China's hukou system puts migrant workers at severe economic disadvantage