Kirsten O'Regan

Guam Just Became The First U.S. Territory To...

In a historic move, Guam recognized gay marriage Friday, making it the first U.S. territory to do so. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood issued the decision after a morning hearing, stipulating that gay couples would be…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Who Was Steve Reinboldt, Hastert's Alleged Victim?

On Friday, a woman came forward claiming to be the sister of Dennis Hastert’s alleged sexual abuse victim. In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Jolene Reinboldt said her brother Steve had been abused while he was attending the Illinois high…
By Kirsten O'Regan

China: OPM Hacking Accusations "Irresponsible"

Officials are struggling to grasp the implications of a massive data breach, after it emerged Thursday that hackers had gained access to U.S. government computers. The government agency targeted by the hackers — the Office of Personnel Management…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Did Pakistan Officials Mislead Over Malala Trial?

In a chilling turn of events, a report Thursday indicated that only two of Malala Yousafzai’s Taliban attackers were jailed in April for the attempted killing of the Pakistani schoolgirl. The news runs contrary to the official line, which stated…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Ireland Just Saw Another Huge LGBT Breakthrough

Less than a fortnight after legalizing gay marriage in a historic referendum, Ireland has once again demonstrated a striking (and, given the country’s conservative history, unexpected) commitment to LGBTQ rights. On Wednesday, the Irish government…
By Kirsten O'Regan

An Ex-FIFA Exec Has Fighting Words For Blatter

Just days after FIFA President Sepp Blatter resigned from his longstanding leadership role in soccer's governing body, in the wake of an ongoing corruption scandal, things looks set to get even worse for the man who was formerly soccer's…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Rick Perry's Nuanced Stance On Immigration

The already crowded Republican primary field just got a little more congested, with Rick Perry’s announcement Thursday that he’ll be entering the 2016 presidential race. The former Texas governor’s 2012 campaign bombed spectacularly after a poor…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Rick Perry's Campaign Video Is No Surrpsie

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Rick Perry launched his presidential campaign Thursday, shouldering his way into a full-to-bursting Republican field in spite of his embarrassing failure in the 2012 primaries. Notwithstanding that somewhat…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Martin O'Malley's Marijuana Stance Has Evolved

In a move that only goes a tiny way towards balancing out the Hillary Clinton-dominated Democratic field with the outlandishly crowded Republican race, Martin O’Malley launched his presidential campaign Saturday. O’Malley, the former two term…
By Kirsten O'Regan

8 Beau Biden Quotes That Reveal His Values

Vice President Joe Biden had a painful task to carry out Saturday: In a parent’s nightmare scenario, Biden had to tell the world that his eldest son, Joseph Robinette Biden III (better known as Beau), had died. By now, the death of Beau Biden has…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Beau Biden Packed A Lot Into His 46 Years

Vice President Joe Biden announced Saturday the tragic news that his eldest son, known as Beau Biden, had passed away. The younger Biden, whose full name was Joseph R. Biden III, was 46 and a former attorney general of Delaware. His death was due to…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Hillary Clinton Hails Beau Biden's "Courage"

On Saturday, Vice President Joe Biden announced the news that his son, Beau Biden, had died of brain cancer. The younger Biden, whose full name was Joseph R. Biden III, was only 46, and had spent over a week receiving treatment in hospital before…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Where 6 Spelling Bee Champions Are N-O-W

This year’s much anticipated, nerve-wracking Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee concluded Thursday night — after three grueling days — with the crowing of co-champions. Vanya Shivashankar, 13, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, concentrated their way to…
By Kirsten O'Regan

FIFA Corruption Probe Can't Hold Sepp Blatter Down

In the midst of furious controversy, FIFA President Sepp Blatter won a fifth term in football’s governing body’s presidential election Friday. Despite calls for Blatter’s resignation in the wake of a corruption probe that saw the arrest of nine top…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Qatar & Russia Respond To World Cup Bidding Probe

Football’s global governing body has been reeling from a far-reaching corruption probe launched in earnest earlier this week. On Wednesday, nine top FIFA officials were arrested on charges of racketeering, wire fraud, and money-laundering…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Bomb Threat Halts FIFA Congress In Zurich Briefly

As if they didn’t already have enough problems — in the midst of a far-reaching corruption investigation and a crisis of confidence in the leadership — the FIFA congress in Zurich received a bomb threat Friday. Swiss police confirmed the threat,…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Where Does Pataki Stand On Women's Rights?

In a hectic gaggle of Republican candidates, George Pataki's bid for president is unlikely to make much headway. The video announcing the former New York governor’s candidacy was large on swelling emotion and pronounced patriotism, small on actual…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Is Rick Santorum's Google Problem Over?

The man who finished second to Mitt Romney in the 2012 GOP primaries is having a go at it once more. Rick Santorum officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 elections on Wednesday, entering an increasing crowded and arguably shambolic…
By Kirsten O'Regan

George Pataki Announces Presidential Bid

In earnest and dramatic fashion, George Pataki launched his bid for president Thursday, with a video posted on the “Pataki For President” website. The video announcement emphasized the Republican former New York governor’s anti-big government ethos,…
By Kirsten O'Regan

Will FIFA Head Sepp Blatter Weather The Storm?

U.S. prosecutors have indicted nine top officials of football’s governing body, as well as five sports business executives, citing “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” corruption in FIFA’s affairs. Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney general, said Wednesday…
By Kirsten O'Regan