Fiscal conservatives across the country have blasted the $871 billion healthcare bill passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve for its potential to increase medical costs, as well as for the earmarks won by several lawmakers in exchange for their support.
Eastfield College, a public college in the Dallas area, came under criticism last month after it tried to prevent one of its students from making crosses during ceramics classes and imposed a full ban on the practice this fall.
As millions of people continue to hit the unemployment lines every month, food stamp use in the United States has reached a record high. Food stamps, which were renamed "nutritional aid" by the Bush administration to erase the initiative’s stigma, now help feed one in eight Americans and one in four children, The New York Times reports.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledged on Monday that the nation’s aviation security system failed after allowing a Nigerian man armed with explosives to board a flight bound for Detroit. The statement came not long after Napolitano made a widely criticized assertion on CNN that the "system has worked."
Even though the Senate passed the healthcare bill early on Christmas Eve, and despite a recent uptick in support for the overhaul, most Americans remain skeptical about the most sweeping reform of the healthcare system since 1965.
In a blow to gun-regulation proponents, a review by the Associated Press (AP) has found that during the last two years, 24 states, mostly in the Southwest, have passed 47 new laws loosening gun restrictions.
Government officials have announced a plan to turn over the first section of the "virtual fence" along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico frontier to the Border Patrol in January, but it remains unclear whether the system will ever cover the entire border.
In the first phase of the special election that is bound to have a significant impact on American politics for at least another year, Martha Coakley and Scott Brown won the Democratic and Republican nominations, respectively, to replace Senator Edward Kennedy who died last August.
In an effort to satirize Californians who voted to repeal gay marriage laws to "protect the sanctity of marriage," a Sacramento man has started a petition to outlaw divorce amongst heterosexual couples, the Associated Press (AP) reports.
A potential redistricting in Louisiana following the 2010 census has some Republicans worried that their candidates will be put at a political disadvantage. As a result, many local commentators predict the process will cause a significant partisan fight next year.