Religion figured prominently in the last two presidential races, but is virtually absent from the 2012 campaign. After invoking faith throughout his first presidential bid, President Obama now barely mentions God. Similarly, rival Mitt Romney refers to religion in only the vaguest of terms.
Fifty years ago, James Meredith, the first black student at the University of Mississippi, had to be escorted by federal marshals to his mostly empty classes. Today, black and white Ole Miss students sit together in a class about the school's integration. Still, students say there's more to be done.
Republicans retain hopes of retaking control of the Senate. They lost the majority in 2006, in part because of the razor-close victory of Democratic challenger Jon Tester in Montana. Now, Tester is the incumbent facing a tough challenge of his own against the state's sole member of the House.
At issue is whether a group of Nigerians granted political asylum in the U.S. can use the Alien Tort Statute to sue Anglo-Dutch energy company Shell for its alleged practices in Nigeria. The justices sharply questioned both the plaintiffs' attorney as well as Shell's lawyer.
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