Republican Joni Ernst is trying to become the first woman elected to Congress from Iowa. But in her Senate race – like others nationwide – women voters could be a lifeline for the Democrats.
For the parties, getting people to vote is all about marrying voter data and high-tech capabilities with a human touch: interaction with voters – on the phone, at their door, via snail mail. Here's how this is happening in the Louisiana Senate race.
Not since the days of Mao Zedong has any one individual in China been so visible a leader or held so much control. He's changing China by scrapping 'rule by consensus' and targeting civil society.
If the Iraqi Army is to serve as a US ally in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State, first comes the challenge of building a well-led fighting force, motivated by a belief in its cause.
Recent leaps in computer processing speeds and sensing capabilities have given rise to new possibilities for how robots can work in concert with people.
Henry Evans relies on a telepresence robot and a remote-controlled quadrotor helicopter with an onboard camera to take him places he can't go.
Amid tensions with Russia, Kiev is not tolerating any 'pro-separatist' points of view in the press – which plays straight into the hands of Kremlin propaganda.
Lingering fighting and economic disarray have left Ukraine divided not only between east and west, but even among patriotic Ukrainians at odds about what to do next.
Ferguson became a Selma-like moment for the 2010s – to the extent the stark images caused a nation to stop and reflect on the state of racial relations in America. Moreover, a new generation of activists, who were not weaned on the nonviolence of the Civil Rights Era, is coming to the fore.
To some extent, that’s a question answered only under the stress of events. But numbers tracked by the US Census Bureau hint at stark racial imbalances that persist.
Scots will vote on Sept. 18 – and women have emerged as the ultimate swing vote. Though many Scots are skeptical, the Scottish National Party has vowed that it will shape an independent Scotland in the image of Scandinavia, which sets high standards on gender equality and social justice.
Two brothers from Senegal sought a better life in Europe. Only one of them made it. But their experiences highlight the pressure on European governments to fairly tackle illegal immigration.
Mayor Bill de Blasio hired cop’s cop William Bratton to lead the NYPD, but the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner has heightened acrimony between the police and minority communities. The events in Ferguson, Mo., have added to tensions.
Estimates of the number of disappeared people in Mexico during a decade of drug and gang violence rival numbers from Argentina's Dirty War and Colombia's armed conflict. New laws protecting victim's rights require the government to establish a national registry of those who have disappeared.
At least 60,000 people were killed in Mexico between 2006 and 2012 and tens of thousands more disappeared. But the burden of proof is on the family of the missing, who are stuck battling an unprepared and often intransigent bureaucracy as they try to find answers.
More than half of the world’s shipping tonnage sails through these waters, which may hold valuable oil and gas reserves. China is asserting its territorial claims here.
Beijing wants to assert its preeminence in Asia. But not so strongly as to push its neighbors into the arms of the United States.
More than two-thirds of states quickly adopted Common Core in 2010, but four years later, the standards seem to have become, among other things, a proxy for whatever in education people are unhappy with.
While much of the controversy about Common Core has centered on the education standards themselves, the tests that go along with them have also engendered debate.
Behind Gulf States' opposition to Iran's nuclear program is fear that after decades of international isolation and US animosity, Iran could be coming in from the cold.
Islamic State extremists in Iraq have created a common enemy in the region. But Iran has to tackle deep distrust – and keep nuclear talks on track – to forge a new relationship with its Arab neighbors.
Some jails and prisons are pushing to sign up exiting inmates for Medicaid, courtesy of Obamacare. The idea is that if ex-prisoners receive regular health care on the outside, fewer will reoffend. Not all experts are believers, however.
Somali pirates in 2011 attacked 237 boats in the oceans around northeast Africa. In 2014 there have been seven attacks, all failed.
Inflammatory words about race or sexuality can fan public outrage and even result in professional sacking. Some say America must be sure to protect free speech rights. Others cite need for civil society.
Lower courts have rejected gay marriage bans in 13 states since the US Supreme Court nixed the Defense of Marriage Act one year ago. But the issue is destined to return to the high court, where one justice in particular will hold sway.