A makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue.
The shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue joins a list of more than 200 other ideologically motivated attacks by far-right extremists since 1990.
A polling station in Texas.
While the US sends observers around the world to monitor elections, few will be present during the 2018 midterms in the US.
Utah residents show support for a ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer
Midterm voters in Utah, Missouri, Michigan and North Dakota will decide whether to join the 31 US states that have some form of legal marijuana. But ballot initiatives can only take pot so far.
Vigil held in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh for shooting victims, Oct. 27, 2018.
AP/Gene J. Puskar
Mass murders like the killings at a Pittsburgh synagogue are seen as the work of disturbed individuals. But America has allowed violence to become unexceptional, ignoring its root cause.
An early voter in Norwalk, California.
The odds favor a big year for Democrats, but the extent of their gains is still in doubt.
New York police officers at the Time Warner Center, Oct. 25, 2018, in New York after report of a suspicious package at CNN.
Bombs have long been a tool for devotees of the range of fringe American political thought. From anarchists to racists, their methods have wrought havoc – but also have created backlash.
Supporters of Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro hope he will ‘transform’ their country, which has been mired in political and economic crises since 2015.
AP Photo/Leo Correa
Bolsonaro promised angry Brazilians he would transform their crisis-stricken country. But he didn't say how. Five Brazil experts examine his policies on crime, the economy, women, the Amazon and more.
Money in politics? Somebody’s got to pay for those signs.
Is money the root of all evil in politics? It’s easy to see a correlation between winning and fundraising – money flows to likely winners and competitive races. But correlation is not causation.
Demonstrators with cut-outs of congressional districts in front of the Supreme Court.
One of the main reasons polarization in the US is on the rise – the way congressional seats are drawn to favor parties – isn't going away anytime soon.
Bolsonaro supporters celebrate outside his home in Rio de Janeiro after exit polls on Oct. 28 declared him the preliminary winner of Brazil’s 2018 presidential election.
AP Photo/Leo Correa
Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing congressman and former army captain, is Brazil's next president, with 56 percent of votes. Critics see a threat to democracy in his scathing attacks on Brazilian society.
A memorial vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter killed 11 and wounded six on Oct. 27, 2018.
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
The attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh and the sending of pipe bombs to critics of the current administration are examples of the increase in the violence on the margins of the right.
A felony voting rights advocate in Kentucky.
AP Photo/Roger Alford
New research shows that when ex-offenders are told they're able to vote, their attitudes about democracy and justice improve. A November ballot measure in Florida hangs in the balance.
Central American migrants face extortion, robbery, assault, kidnapping, rape and murder on their weeks-long journey through Mexico. Some find safety in numbers.
AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd
More than two-thirds of Central American migrants will experience violence on their journey through Mexico, from robbery and extortion to rape. Caravans create safety in numbers.
Harney County, Ore., sign.
Rural Westerners have been stereotyped as angry ranchers who hate government. But for every gun-wielding militia member, there are many others who work collaboratively to protect what they value.
Tanzania was one of the first sub-Saharan African nations to embrace family planning as a national development priority.
US Air Force
Tanzania was an early, ardent believer in family planning. Now it joins a growing number of developing nations that see potential advantage in having a huge and growing workforce.
‘Women for Trump’ listening to President Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally in Wheeling, WV, in September.
AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
The GOP's handling of sexual assault allegations against prominent GOP figures has led some to conclude that the party does not respect women. But GOP women are sticking with their party.
Latinos make up 12 percent of all registered voters in the US, but less than half vote regularly.
AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File
Latinos are less likely than other Americans to vote in November, new polling shows. Here's why Democrats shouldn't expect a Latino blue wave to swing the midterms in their favor.
Naira and her daughter, who are traveling with thousands of other immigrants from Central America, rest in Huixtla, Mexico, on Oct. 22, 2018.
A scholar who has worked with asylum-seekers for a decade explains why the legal path to safety is challenging for the migrants currently traveling through Mexico.
Civil rights organizations have sued Georgia’s Republican secretary of state for failing to register 53,000 new voters, most of them black.
Reuters/Christopher Aluka Berry
Georgia's secretary of state has stalled voter registrations and accused Democrats of hacking. His tactics recall past efforts in the South to suppress black votes, from poll taxes to literacy tests
Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
AP Photos/John Amis, File
Beneath the surface, this traditionally conservative state is closely divided.
Trump, like Obama before him, has enjoyed a close relationship with Saudi Arabia’s royal family.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Critics say Trump's defense of Saudi Arabia in the Khashoggi affair betrays American values. But many presidents have cozied up to dictators, ignoring human rights abuses to serve US interests.
Some American Indian tribes, including the Navajo Nation, have moratoriums on genetic testing.
Why is Elizabeth Warren's DNA test so controversial with Native American groups? Two Indigenous geneticists explain the history and science behind the debate.
2016’s warm winter meant not enough snow for the start of the Iditarod sled dog race in Anchorage, so it was brought by train from 360 miles north.
For everyone from traditional hunters to the military, the National Park Service to the oil industry, climate change is the new reality in Alaska. Government, residents and businesses are all trying to adapt.
Robert Mahoney of the Committee to Protect Journalists on Oct. 18 appealed to the U.N. to investigate the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Trump administration’s abandonment of support for democracy and civil rights abroad may be behind the sort of attacks on individual freedom that likely claimed journalist Jamal Khashoggi's life.
National School Walkout to honor Parkland victims.
A survey shows the newest generation on the voting block is extremely cynical, and that's actually driving high levels of political engagement.