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Attitudes toward drug use continue to evolve. A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that more people favor alternatives to prison for non-violent drug offenders.
The story of the changing demographics in Texas can, in many ways, be told through the family history of Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio. Mayor Castro discusses his story, as well as what Texas' expanding Hispanic population means for the state's political future.
The incumbent mayor of the nation's capital will not be re-elected. A federal investigation into Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, along with allegations lodged just weeks before the election, helped propel his closest opponent to a surprise double-digit victory in the Democratic primary.
"Cherry"...
The rural Texas town was established as a "freedom colony" with land given to former slaves after the Civil War. O. Rufus Lovett photographed Weeping Mary and its residents for 11 years.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act standards are now taking effect in many stat...
Thirteen years in the making, the Prison Rape Elimination Act is starting to have an impact. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's "ill-conceived," but many other states are adopting the law's standards.
Stefan Zweig was born to a prosperous Jewish family in Vienna. He wrote nove...
The Viennese writer was once one of the world's most translated authors, but after his death he was forgotten — until now. Wes Anderson credits Zweig's writing at the end of his latest film.