Sahar Amer, an Islamic studies professor, takes a comparative cultural look at the hotly debated and misunderstood practice of veiling.
Polls out Wednesday show President Obama holding onto a slight lead despite the addition of Paul Ryan to the GOP ticket, but there is an interesting twist in the numbers — a lot of people who support Governor Mitt Romney think that President Obama is going to win.
Those numbers come as the GOP plans for a possible hurricane or tropical storm in Tampa during next week’s convention.
Not yet registering in the poll numbers: Todd Akin’s comment that in cases of “legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” to prevent pregnancy. Akin, who is a Republican congressman from Missouri and is trying to get elected to the U.S. Senate, has apologized, but Democrats are targeting congressional Republicans who joined Akin last year in supporting a resolution that would have redefined rape as “forcible rape” — Paul Ryan was one of them.