Thanks to continuing resolution passed by Congress and signed by President Obama last week, lawmakers managed to avoid a government shut-down. But at the last minute, an anonymous senator included a rider called the "Monsanto Protection Act," which functionally deregulated the process for approving genetically-modified crops.
An employer may not judge an applicant by the color of his skin per say, but he or she may find more fault with a black applicant who fulfills certain stereotypes of African-Americans (an applicant who listens to rap music, for example), while a black applicant who seems to fulfill white stereotypes (listening to classical music, perhaps) is likely to be judged in a positive light.
After several days of arguments, the Supreme Court will now retreat to their respective quarters to decide the fate of Proposition 8, DOMA, and, potentially, the future of marriage as an institution in the United States.
Every judge claims impartiality, that he or she renders decisions based on the facts in the cast at hand, but Supreme Court justices are in a particular spotlight, both today and in terms of their historical legacy.
Same-sex marriage has finally made it to the highest court in the country, as the Supreme Court considers two cases central to how marriage is defined at the state and federal levels.
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Willa Cather, a giant of 20th century American literature, expressly forbade the publication of her personal correspondence. But next month, an anthology of her letters, around 566 of them, is set to be published, finally submitting her private life to public scrutiny.
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear two cases on same-sex marriage, Sarah Gogin, Malina Simhard-Halm, and Kevin Gibson Weinberger talk about their experiences growing up with gay parents and how their notions of family have evolved over time.
Single mothers are often left out of the media's discussion of work-life balance, yet as Anne Desjardins explains, they often face the most difficulties when it comes to juggling career and family.
In President Obama’s first term, amidst the Arab Spring and strong nuclear threats from Iran, the Arab-Israeli peace process seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Now Obama is making his first visit to Israel as president.
According to Anthony Greenwald, professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and Mahzarin Banaji, professor of social ethics at Harvard University, the vast majority of us have to work hard to counteract our biases because most of the stereotypes we hold are deeply ingrained.
Next week the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear Lepak v. City of Irving, a case out of Texas that hinges on the question of whether "one person, one vote" means "one voter, one vote." As Richard Pildes, constitutional law professor at New York University, explains, Irving, Texas, is divided into six City Council districts, all equal in terms of population. One of the districts includes a significant immigrant population, however, rendering half of that district ineligible to vote. The eligible voters left therefore have more political power than those in the other districts.
As President Obama prepares for his first trip to Israel since his election in 2008, BBC State Department correspondent Kim Ghattas describes the Administration's goals in the region and beyond. Ghattas has watched the Obama Administration's foreign policy goals unfold firsthand, as she traveled the world with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and she describes her experiences with Clinton in her new book, "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power."
The United Nations Relief and Work Agency has canceled the third annual Gaza marathon after Hamas, the controlling party in the region, banned women from the race. Journalist Nabila Ramdani planned to run the marathon scheduled for April 10.
In a significant game-changer in the fast food industry, Taco Bell recently outpaced some of its main competitors with the launch of Doritos Locos Tacos, selling roughly one million of these tacos a day last year.
The Catholic Church, including Pope Francis (then known as Jorge Bergolio), may have been complicit in the crimes perpetrated by the Argentina's military regime, which ruled from 1976-1983.
A rape case against two high school football players has rocked the town of Steubenville, Ohio, a small community of eighteen-thousand residents in the Ohio River Valley. The case goes to trial today.
Over the last few decades, while countries like China, Brazil and India have emerged as economic powerhouses , the United States and Europe are left wringing their hands over the debt crisis and the great recession.
Author Taiye Selasi describes herself as an "Afropolitan," a member of a distinctly 21st century generation of African origin. The characters in her new novel, "Ghana Must Go," reflect this sentiment as well.
The world's 1.2 billion Catholics have a number of different visions for the future of the Church. Julie Davis, a graphic designer from Dallas and the author of the Happy Catholic blog, Brian Frawley, manager of the gift shop at Boston's Holy Cross Cathedral and Father Matthew Gamber, a priest and senior counselor at Jesuit High School in Tampa Bay, Florida, discuss their hopes for the future of the Church.
Several states face the same problem when it comes to incarceration: severe overcrowding at a high cost. This weekend, a panel at the South by Southwest festival examined how prisons can use digital technology to ameliorate these issues.