Where can I find news articles on current events and hot topics?
There is a good Library Guide on political science which provides links and news feeds.
CQ Researcher has excellent reports with opinions and facts on controversial issues in the news.
Lexis Nexis offers Hot Topics on its top-level "easy search" page.
The New York Times also has a Topics page, which is especially good for researching countries and places: http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/places/all/index.html