President Barack Obama is calling for reform to America's criminal justice system after racially-charged controversy over police shootings in Missouri, New York, Milwaukee, Cleveland and elsewhere.
The president says Americans may have different takes on the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. Both were unarmed black men who died after confrontations with white police officers.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Reps. Judy Chu, Lois Frankel and Marcia Fudge are reintroducing the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation to safeguard a woman's right to decide for herself whether to continue or end a pregnancy, regardless of where she lives.
The legislation was introduced on Jan. 21, on the eve of the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision recognizing a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.
Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said on Jan. 19 that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."
Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births. But he said most importantly, no outside institution should impose its views on regulating family size, blasting what he called the "ideological colonization" of the developing world.
The sunny day Floridians Joe Williams and Peter Rostenkowski skipped down the steps of their county courthouse with a marriage license in hand, a Florida congresswoman reintroduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing them access to full marriage benefits.
A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?
A baker in suburban Denver who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is fighting a legal order requiring him to serve gay couples even though he argued that would violate his religious beliefs.
President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 20 at the U.S. Capitol. The following is a transcript of his remarks, as provided by the White House. He began the speech at 9:10 p.m. EST and ended at 10:11 p.m. EST.
President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.
As Obama continues to signal what he will propose during the State of the Union policy address on Jan. 20, senior administration officials said that he will call for raising the capital gains rate on top income earners and eliminating a tax break on inheritances. The revenue generated by those changes would fund new tax credits and other cost-saving measures for middle-class taxpayers, officials said.
Buoyed by conservative gains in the November 2014 election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in several state legislatures that would further curtail women's access to the procedure.
On both sides of the debate, activists are highlighting their hopes and concerns in conjunction with today's 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that established a nationwide right to abortion. Since then, there have been more than 50 million abortions in the U.S.
President Barack Obama will deliver the State of the Union address tonight. Here are excerpts, as prepared for delivery and released by the White House:
“We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.
Two Oregon farmers are defending a local ordinance in federal court in a campaign to protect their harvests and create a zone free of genetically engineered crops.
Minimum-wage workers in 20 states — about 3.1 million people — saw a boost in their paychecks with the arrival of the new year.