Social Issues

Gay Marriage Battle : The Bullpen
Dana Liebelson

Dana Liebelson: The Supreme Court takes on gay marriage rights today: 4 things you need to know

SCOTUS may take on cases that decide important issues relating to same-sex marriage, but the court will not rule on whether it should be legal nationwide

Crime and Punishment : Fact Sheet
After charging $2,500 to his victim's credit card, one suspected burglar reportedly sent a bouquet of flowers and a note of thanks.

8 curiously thoughtful thieves

Returning what they stole? Paying for what they broke? Some people are just not cut out for robbery

Immigration Reform : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: It's time for the GOP to cut a deal on immigration

The electorate has spoken. And if Republicans want to win over Latino voters, conservatives must stop talking about self-deportations and instead devise solutions

The Abortion Battle : Fact Sheet
"Women on Waves" advertises a hotline for safe abortions as it sails around a port in northern Morocco on Oct. 4.

'Women on Waves': A guide to the Dutch 'abortion ship'

A group of Dutch activists takes women from countries that outlaw abortion into international waters, where they're given safe access to the controversial procedure

Crime and Punishment : The List
An FBI-led crew probes the ground in search of Jimmy Hoffa's body near a demolished barn on a horse farm in Milford Township, Mich., on May 24, 2006.

The search for Jimmy Hoffa's body: 6 rumored burial grounds

Police in a Detroit suburb are digging around for the legendary Teamster chief's elusive remains... again

Gay Marriage Battle : Opinion Brief
A protester waves a gay pride flag outside a Chick-fil-A restaurant during a nationwide "kiss-in" on Aug. 13.

Will Chick-fil-A face a backlash for not opposing gay marriage?

Gay rights activists boycotted over the company's donations to anti-same-sex marriage groups. Now that Chick-fil-A has backed down, will conservatives revolt?

Crime and Punishment : Slideshow
8 U.S. mayors with criminal records: A slideshow

8 U.S. mayors charged with crimes: A slideshow

These current and former city leaders — accused of bribery, assault, or affairs — reveal how power corrupts

Crime and Punishment : Instant Guide
The FBI's new facial recognition technology could one day match your driver's license photo to security-camera footage of you walking through a public square.

The FBI's new facial recognition program: 'Big Brother' in action?

Fingerprints are so 20th century. Soon, the FBI will be able to use biometrics to spot bad guys in a crowd

Crime and Punishment : Burning Question
In one of the most famous scenes of O.J. Simpson's 1995 trial, the defendant grimaces as he tries to squeeze on one of the leather gloves linked to his ex-wife's murder.

O.J. Simpson's glove: Did Johnnie Cochran tamper with evidence?

One of the prosecutors on the losing side of the 1995 murder trial claims that the late attorney illegally fussed with evidence to help seal Simpson's acquittal

Crime and Punishment : Analysis
Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, is pictured in 1993 in New Bedford, Mass., where she was on trial for the 1990 murder of her wife.

Should taxpayers have to pay for a convicted murderer's sex change?

A federal judge says yes, arguing that denying an inmate prescribed therapy for severe gender-identity disorder amounts to cruel and unusual punishment

Gay in America : Instant Guide
"I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst," Charlie Rogers wrote on her Facebook page four days before allegedly faking her own hate crime.

The lesbian who allegedly faked her own hate crime

Charlie Rogers told Nebraska police that three men stripped her naked and carved anti-gay slurs into her body. But the cops say she's lying — and arrested her

The Abortion Battle : Instant Guide
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) speaks in February during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo.: Akin's belief that rape can't result in pregnancy dates back as far as the 13th century, but there's no real science to support it. 

'Rape can't cause pregnancy': A brief history of Todd Akin's bogus theory

The embattled Akin believed (at least until 48 hours ago) that women can't get pregnant from rape. As bizarre as that theory is, he's hardly the first to spout it

Immigration Reform : Fact Sheet
A man stares at an empty application for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Aug. 15, the first day President Obama's policy goes into effect.

Obama's immigration power play: 4 takeaways

Young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children are now eligible for President Obama's temporary program offering them deportation deferrals and work permits

Gay Marriage Battle : Winners and Losers
On "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," conservatives like Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee ate at the fast food joint to show their support for the company president's stance against same-sex marriage.

Chick-fil-A vs. gay-rights advocates: Winners and losers

Thousands of gay-marriage opponents lined up at the fast food joint on "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." But will gay-rights groups get the last laugh?

The Abortion Battle : Analysis
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a super-strict abortion law earlier this year that is set to go into effect Wednesday.

The 'most extreme' abortion ban in America: A guide

Arizona's new abortion law could force mothers to give birth to stillborns and babies with fatal defects, which critics say is immoral and illegal

Gay Marriage Battle : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: Rahm Emanuel, Chick-fil-A, and the easy slide into fascism

Several big-city mayors have tried to bully an honest business owner for holding firm to his Christian faith. They ought to be ashamed of themselves

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