Social Issues

Gay Marriage Battle : Fact Sheet
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie pledged $2.5 million in support of gay marriage in Washington state.

Jeff Bezos' $2.5 million gay-marriage pledge: 4 takeaways

The Amazon boss shows his support for a gay former colleague by filling the war chest of liberals in Washington state

The Dark Knight Shootings : Essay
A composite image examines the odd behavior displayed by accused killer James Holmes at his first court appearance in Centennial, Colo., on July 23.

James Holmes: What we know about the alleged Aurora shooter

The gunman who allegedly killed 12 people at a Colorado movie theater was once bound for great things

The Gun Debate : The List
President Obama spoke out this week after the tragic Aurora, Colo., shootings, saying that "AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not criminals."

4 ways Obama could limit U.S. gun violence

Congress isn't likely to pass new gun-control laws in the wake of the Colorado massacre, but the president could still follow through on a pledge to curb violence

The Abortion Battle : Controversy
Anti-abortion protesters: Nurses in South Dakota must now tell women seeking abortions that the procedure can increase their risk of suicide.

Is South Dakota wrong to tell women that abortion could lead to suicide?

An appeals court inspires fury by ruling that women seeking abortions must be warned of an increased risk of suicide — despite shaky evidence of that link

Gay Marriage Battle : Opinion Brief
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chick-fil-A's stance against gay marriage is not compatible with "Chicago values."

Is Rahm Emanuel bullying Chick-fil-A over gay marriage?

The mayor of Chicago is blocking the chicken chain from opening a store in the city — provoking cries that he's violating the owner's First Amendment rights

The Dark Knight Shootings : Instant Guide
Colorado shooting victim John Larimer used his body to shield his girlfriend, Julia Vojtsek, from gunfire. "I feel very strongly I was saved by John and his ultimate kindness," she says.

The 'knights' of the Colorado shootings: A return to old-fashioned chivalry

When gunfire broke out in the Aurora movie theater, four young men gave their lives to protect their girlfriends

The Dark Knight Shootings : World Reactions
As people continue to pay their respects at the makeshift memorial to the 12 who died on July 20, the international press addresses our country's dependence on guns.

The Aurora shootings: The world reacts

Americans are "weapon fetishists"... you can't legislate away evil... get your own house in order. What commentators overseas are saying about the Aurora massacre

The Dark Knight Shootings : Opinion Brief
Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes' mug shot: Social media site Reddit was the first to unearth a photo of Holmes with his dyed red hair.

Reddit's coverage of the Colorado massacre: The future of citizen journalism?

The social news site was a go-to source as the immediate aftermath of the Aurora shootings unfolded, renewing a debate over the role of user-generated journalism

The Dark Knight Shootings : The List
Aurora's Century 16 theater: In the wake of the Colorado shootings, national movie theater chains are considering ramping up security, which could bump up ticket prices or decrease profits.

The fallout from the Aurora shootings: 5 eerie consequences

A bounce in gun sales. Lawsuits against Warner Bros. A would-be copycat killer. The aftermath of the massacre has been full of surprising, often disturbing, developments

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: Gun control has failed this country

In the wake of the Aurora theater shootings, it's best to stick to the facts in the debate about gun control: Namely that restricting guns doesn't stop violence

Gay in America : Opinion Brief
Legendary astronaut Sally Ride, pictured in 1983, revealed in her obituary that she was a lesbian, the ultimate example, some say, of the new trend toward coming out quietly.

Was Sally Ride an 'absent heroine' of the gay rights movement?

The recently departed astronaut was the first American woman in space — but her obituary reveals that she was its first known gay one as well

The Dark Knight Shootings : Opinion Brief
Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises: Would young victims of the Colorado shootings really welcome a get-well visit from an actor dressed in a nightmarish, kitschy costume?

Should Christian Bale visit Colorado shooting victims… dressed as Batman?

An online campaign is urging the Oscar winner to visit injured children in his full Caped Crusader regalia. What a bone-headed idea, say wincing critics

The Gun Debate : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: How gun-rights advocates benefit from Obama's presidency

Gun lobbyists say Obama will dismantle the right to bear arms if he's re-elected, failing to note that the past four years have been great for their industry

The Dark Knight Shootings : Burning Question
Police cars park outside a New York City movie theater: Despite increased security at theaters nationwide, some moviegoers are hesitant to return after the Colorado shootings.

Will we ever feel safe in movie theaters again?

The deadly shootings at a Dark Knight Rises screening leaves moviegoers with a shattered sense of security that could keep some away from the theater for good

The Dark Knight Shootings : Fact Sheet
James Holmes' booby-trapped apartment reportedly contained a Batman poster and mask.

The Colorado massacre: Who is James Holmes?

As the prime suspect in the shootings made his first public appearance, more information about his past has come to light

The Dark Knight Shootings : Slideshow
The Colorado shooting aftermath: A look at a town in mourning

The Colorado shooting aftermath: A slideshow

From informal gatherings to solemn vigils, the people of Aurora, Colo., unite to grieve after a gunman kills 12 in a local movie theater for unfathomable reasons

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