The Great Debate

Why Marco Rubio is the opposite of a moderate

March 1, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks with reporters following a campaign town hall at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Senator Marco Rubio speaks with reporters after a campaign town hall at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

The GOP establishment has rallied behind a candidate. Does it matter?

March 1, 2016
A packed venue as Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia February 29, 2016. REUTERS/ Philip Sears

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/ Philip Sears

How the Oscars’ social activism took on Hollywood

February 29, 2016
Comedian Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni   - RTS8FWK

Comedian Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The elephant in the Supreme Court

February 29, 2016
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The Supreme Court building seen in Washington, May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Molly Riley

Race remains the unspoken elephant in the room amid the growing controversy over who should replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bernie Sanders calls back to America’s socialist roots

February 29, 2016
Berea, Ohio February 25, 2016 Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns for the Democratic nomination of President, speaking to a crowd of 3-4000 people in the gym of Baldwin Wallace University near Cleveland. PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns at Baldwin Wallace University near Cleveland, February 25, 2016. PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Trump U: The lawsuit Donald Trump will be facing this summer

February 26, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Fort Worth, Texas, February 26, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Stone

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Fort Worth, Texas, February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Stone

At the Oscars, a force stronger than explicit racism explains lack of black nominees

February 26, 2016
Oscar nominees are shown in this combination of file photos. Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith said on January 18, 2016 they will boycott next month's Academy Awards ceremony because black actors were shut out of nominations, and the Academy acknowledged it needed to do more to promote diversity. The Oscar acting nominees announced on Thursday lacked black performers for a second straight year, leading to the revival of the Twitter feed #OscarsSoWhite that emerged in 2015. From top to bottom (L-R) are best actor nominees Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne, and Leonardo DiCaprio; best actress Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett; best supporting actor Mark Rylance, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Sylvester Stallone and Mark Ruffalo; best supporting actress Alicia Vikander, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Jason Leigh. REUTERS/Staff/Files      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX22ZJ7

Oscar nominees are shown in this combination of file photos. REUTERS/Staff/Files

No people of color are nominated in the 20 major Academy Award categories this year, an omission that led to the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and a renewed conversation about diversity — and racism — in Hollywood.

Why Russia and China may cheer for a President Donald Trump

February 26, 2016
Posters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are seen outside Trump's Nevada caucus night rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Posters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are seen outside Trump’s Nevada caucus night rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Podcast: Why closing Gitmo isn’t an open-and-shut case

February 26, 2016

President Barack Obama laid out a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison this week, where terror suspects are being held indefinitely. The 21 page document he sent to Congress calls for the transfer, imprisonment and trial by military commission of the remaining 91 detainees.

One sure way to bring down Iran’s pragmatists? An ‘attaboy’ from the U.S.

February 25, 2016
An Iranian woman gestures as she attends a reformist campaign for upcoming parliamentary election, in Tehran February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

An Iranian woman gestures as she attends a reformist campaign for upcoming parliamentary election, in Tehran, February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA