Michelle Carter after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
AP/ Glenn C. Silva
When do words at an end-of-life decision constitute a crime? A law professor explains why lawmakers should act to clear up the gray area that remains.
Drought-damaged corn on an Ohio farm, 2012.
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Climate change, rising food demand and globalization are putting pressure on world food production. New research explores the risk of failures in several of the world's breadbasket regions at once.
One day after Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris accord on climate, EU and China issued a statement from Brussels that climate change and clean energy ‘will become a main pillar’ of their bilateral partnership.
Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement strains international relations further and strengthens the resolve of other countries to move forward on climate without the US.
On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will leave the Paris climate accord.
A panel of academics and scientists explain the damages to the Earth, the economy and US moral standing in the world by Trump's decision to abandon the Paris climate accord.
Anti-gun protestors rally in Washington, D.C. in July 2016.
How have state firearm laws changed over time? Over the past 27 years, some states have loosened the rules for gun owners and the gun industry, while others are getting stricter.
Tiny bug, major disease spreader.
Dr. Paul Howell, USCDCP
Several sites in the US are releasing bacteria-infected mosquitoes as a way to fight mosquito-borne viruses that threaten people. What's the science – and how well will it work?
How do leaders find authority as discerners of evil?
Wellcome Library, London.
Witch-finders of early modern Europe and modern Africa made themselves indispensable by showing people a threat of a growing crisis of threatening evil.
The censorship board. George Creel is seated at far right.
Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress
An executive order signed in 1917 created what's been called 'the nation's first ministry of information.' The media are still feeling its impact.
Leo Frank, 1884-1915.
Library of Congress Online Catalog, Prints and Photographs Division
Fake news has been used in the past to feed into people's fears and prejudices. A particularly poignant story from 1913 relates to the wrongful conviction of an innocent man named Leo Frank.
More than 100 headstones were vandalized at the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia in Feb. 2017.
AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma
The U.S. saw an increase in anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant sentiments in the period between World War I and World War II. Here's why it matters to know that history today.
Trump signed the executive order surrounded by coal miners, saying it was ‘about jobs.’
AP Photo/Matthew Brown
Trump's executive order on climate will cede American leadership internationally and scores a political win. But reversing all Obama's work will require big wins in court.
Director James Comey makes it official: The FBI is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Russian interference in the U.S. election is part of a bigger pattern, according to a former ambassador from Montenegro to NATO.
The New Thought movement left behind an important legacy.
A 19th-century movement, New Thought, came to a have deep influence on the prosperity gospel - that faith could lead one to health and material wealth. What does it tell us about Trump's faith?
Three generations of a Wisconsin family with a nine-point buck.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources/Flickr
What place does hunting have in our urbanized society? Is it acceptable to kill for fun? For conservation? Philosophy doesn't have all the answers, but it can help us understand opposing views.
A woman holding a picture of Castro and Chavez waits to pay homage to Castro in Havana on Nov. 28, 2016.
AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan
A former British ambassador to Cuba, now a professor at Boston University, still has a few questions for the late Cuban leader.
Department of Elections workers sort through mailed in ballots at City Hall in San Francisco, on Nov. 8, 2016.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
Voters in three states approved ballot measures on firearms. So what will these new laws do?
News of Trump’s election has had a deep impact on global climate talks now going on.
IISD/ENB | Liz Rubin
Memo To Marrakech: If the U.S. drops the mantle of global leadership on climate, here are the rest of the world's options on how to react.
Global climate negotiators come to Marrakesh to talk about how to transfer money from rich to poor countries for climate adaptation, among other issues.
Negotiators face a daunting task at the COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh: Build on the momentum of Paris and resolve difficult questions over money for poor countries.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs legislation lowering the default speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour, Oct. 27, 2014.
NYC Department of Transportation/Flickr
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have painted starkly different views of U.S. cities during the campaign. Will the next president deliver the funding and political support mayors are seeking?
Couch potato or engaged citizen?
Woman on couch via shutterstock.com
Streaming television may actually facilitate important forms of human interaction, like participating in politics.