Virtually unknown outside Washington, a coalition of hard-line conservative groups is fighting to seize control of the Republican agenda. Tea party allies like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Heritage Action for America showed their might by insisting that the GOP embrace the government shutdown that hurt the nation's economy and the party's reputation.
Now emboldened, these groups are warning that their aggressive agenda-pushing tactics aren't over — and they're threatening retribution against Republicans who stand in their way.
When big-name celebrities pair up with big businesses, customers often believe the adage: You are the company you keep.
Rap artist Jay-Z is learning that firsthand. He has complained recently that he was unfairly “demonized” for not backing out of his collaboration with Barneys New York after the luxury retailer was accused of racially profiling two black customers.
Fed up and ready to get off the sidelines, veteran Iowa Republicans are working to wrest control of the state GOP from the evangelicals, tea partyers and libertarians they blame for alienating longtime party loyalists.
Led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, these Republicans want to grow the state party - one that ideological crusaders have shaped over the past few years - by bringing back into the fold pragmatic-minded voters while attracting more women and younger voters.
Hey, fed-up Americans, here's a scary thought after the dispiriting spectacle of the government shutdown: You're the ones who sent these members of Congress to Washington, and they really are a reflection of you.
For all the complaints about Washington, it was American groupthink that produced divided government in the past two elections and a Congress that has been tied in knots lately.
A federal judge ruled Nov. 1 that a lawsuit seeking to have same-sex marriages recognized on Ohio death certificates can proceed despite a statewide ban on the nuptials.
Judge Timothy Black rejected a request from state attorneys asking to have a funeral director removed from the lawsuit, a move that essentially would have squelched it.
One. Two. Three . . . There was a time when counting the marriage equality states involved simple arithmetic that could be done on one hand.
Thousands of young environmentalists from around the country headed to Pittsburgh earlier this month, hoping to strengthen the green movement by involving more people of different races and backgrounds.
The four-day Power Shift conference took on some traditional issues in a new way. Organizers are fighting coal mining, fracking for oil and gas, and climate change, but focused on the issues through sessions such as "Racism and the Climate Movement," "Sex and Sustainability," "Young Leaders from Puerto Rico's Frontlines," and "Lessons from Transgender Activism."
Marriage equality advocates in Hawaii and Illinois are turning out for days of action as their state lawmakers prepare for days of debate.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.
“This is wrong,” Hagel said in remarks prepared for delivery in New York on Oct. 31.
The court battle between two girls and their school over “I (heart) Boobies!” breast cancer awareness bracelets could be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.
School officials in the Pennsylvania town of Easton plan to appeal a federal appeals court’s decision that rejected its claim the bracelets are lewd and should be banned from school after a school district board vote in late October. Officials say they’re concerned about a “hyper-sexualized” school environment.
New Mexico’s highest court stepped into the fray over gay marriage this week, with the state attorney general and gay rights advocates urging justices to order county clerks statewide to allow the unions.
The Supreme Court heard from lawyers in a case that could determine whether gay marriage is legal across New Mexico. The five justices will issue a decision later.
Two out of the five men in the running for the title of Bigot of the Year in the U.K. are evangelical exporters of hate from the United States – Pat Robertson and Scott Lively.