FBI investigating 1,000 suspected ‘lone wolf’ militants, director says (From Guardian U.S.)

The FBI is pursuing 1,000 investigations into suspected “lone wolf” militants and another 1,000 into “domestic terrorists”, the bureau’s director has told a congressional committee. Mexican drug kingpin behind DEA murder added to FBI most-wanted list Christopher Wray said so-called “lone wolf” terrorists – whom another law enforcement official described as individuals often radicalised over [...]

Anti-Islam Movement Has New Rallying Cry — Let’s Delete Verses of the Quran (From The Intercept)

You think life is bad for Muslims in Trump’s America? Spare a thought for the Muslims of France. Over the past few years, they have been collectively blamed, and punished, for a series of horrific terror attacks carried out in France by so-called “jihadists.” The latest, a knife attack in Paris by a man shouting [...]

Is US faith really rising under Trump as Mike Pence claims? (From BBC)

Image copyright Karen Pence / Twitter Image caption Mr Pence, who identifies as an evangelical Christian, addressed the new graduates of Hillsdale College, a conservative college in Michigan US Vice-President Mike Pence has said "faith in America is rising once again" - thanks to President Donald Trump. America's religious climate has shifted in recent years, [...]

Trump challenges Native Americans’ historical standing (From Politico)

The Trump administration has allowed three states — Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana — to begin instituting Medicaid work requirements, and at least 10 other states have submitted or are preparing applications. | John Shinkle/POLITICO Trump challenges Native Americans’ historical standing Tribes say they should be exempt from Medicaid work requirements. By DAN DIAMOND 04/22/2018 07:07 [...]

Church of The Donald (From Politico)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The Music City campus of the Trinity Broadcasting Network is about a half-hour drive from Music City itself, in a placid Nashville suburb on a bend in the Cumberland River where the main road through town is called the Johnny Cash Parkway. TBN, America’s largest Christian television network, acquired the complex in [...]

Do Democrat and Republican doctors treat patients differently at the end of life? (From Medical Xpress)

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The divide that separates conservative and liberal values may be as wide now as it has ever been in our country. This divide shows itself in areas of everyday life, and health care is no exception. But do doctors' political beliefs influence the way they practice medicine, choose therapies and treat [...]

Students Partake in National Walkout for the Unborn (From The Daily Signal)

America’s most pro-life generation is at it again. Pro-life students across the country partook in a planned school walkout on Wednesday morning. After a California high school history teacher was suspended for talking with students about whether pro-life students would receive the same support for their human rights concerns as those who engaged in the gun violence [...]

Arizona GOP Candidate Debbie Lesko Copied and Pasted Bills Written by Lobbyists (From The Intercept)

Debbie Lesko, the Republican candidate for Tuesday’s special election to Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, cut her teeth in the state legislature, where she has long served as the point person for corporate lobbyists to shape public policy. Lesko’s work attending to corporate interests was mainly carried out through her position as a senior member of the American Legislative Exchange [...]

Should states support pregnant teens and their babies? (From Medical Xpress)

Most adults expressed a strong belief in health-related support for pregnant teens and their babies. But adults were less certain on whether their state should provide formula or car seats and other baby supplies. Credit: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan The majority of U.S. adults who [...]

How Russian Facebook Ads Divided and Targeted US Voters Before the 2016 Election (From Wired)

When Young Mie Kim began studying political ads on Facebook in August of 2016—while Hillary Clinton was still leading the polls— few people had ever heard of the Russian propaganda group, Internet Research Agency. Not even Facebook itself understood how the group was manipulating the platform's users to influence the election. For Kim, a professor [...]

Neil Gorsuch Just Finished Year 1 on the Supreme Court. Here’s How He’s Making His Mark. (From The Daily Signal)

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Neil Gorsuch taking his seat on the Supreme Court. In his first year, he has proven to be—as Donald Trump promised during his campaign—“very much in the mold” of Justice Antonin Scalia, whom he succeeded on the court. Gorsuch quickly planted himself squarely in the textualist camp, aligning most closely with [...]

What they said: Poll respondents weigh in on McMorris Rodgers, Brown and Trump (From McMorris-Rodgers)

Eastern Washington’s voters likely are more divided than they’ve been in nearly a quarter century on which party’s candidate they prefer to represent them in Congress. The ideological gulf remains just as large between those supporting either Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers or Democratic challenger Lisa Brown. Local respondents to a poll sponsored by [...]

Maternal Mortality and the Devaluation of Black Motherhood (From Center for American Progress)

Today marks the start of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance’s inaugural Black Maternal Health Week. This week seeks to magnify and bring attention to the voices of black mothers and women and increase attention to the issue of maternal mortality. Raising the profile of this issue could not be timelier. From the acclaimed ProPublica/NPR series [...]

The Invisible Free Speech Crisis (From The New Republic)

Shane Claiborne is not an imposing presence. A Christian pacifist, he’s known within evangelical circles for his opposition to the death penalty, for his embrace of immigrants and refugees, and for helping found an intentional community in Philadelphia called the Simple Way. He’s a regular visitor to Christian college campuses. On Friday, Claiborne, working alongside [...]

Congrats, Jeff Goldberg. You Just Martyred Kevin Williamson. (From POLITICO Magazine)

Atlantic Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg climbed out on a limb last month to add conservative fire-breather and Never Trumper Kevin D. Williamson of National Review to join his growing staff. On Thursday, Goldberg retreated to a safe place near the trunk and proceeded to saw off the branch, casting Williamson down to the ignominy of unemployment. [...]

Congrats, Jeff Goldberg. You Just Martyred Kevin Williamson. (From Politico)

Atlantic Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg climbed out on a limb last month to add conservative fire-breather and Never Trumper Kevin D. Williamson of National Review to join his growing staff. On Thursday, Goldberg retreated to a safe place near the trunk and proceeded to saw off the branch, casting Williamson down to the ignominy of unemployment. [...]

Trump Administration to Tie Health Facilities’ Funding to Abortion Restrictions (From New York Times)

Supported byTrump Administration to Tie Health Facilities’ Funding to Abortion RestrictionsImageA Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. The plan is the latest move by President Trump to impose curbs on reproductive rights.CreditJerilee Bennett/The Gazette, via Associated PressBy Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie HabermanMay 17, 2018WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday a [...]

Iowa governor signs ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion ban into law (From U.S.)

(Reuters) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law on Friday a bill outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which often occurs at six weeks and before a woman even realizes she is pregnant, and Reynolds acknowledged the likelihood of a court challenge. The measure, which Iowa’s Republican-controlled state legislature passed on Wednesday, [...]

Iowa passes ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion ban, most restrictive in U.S. (From U.S.)

(Reuters) - Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States on Wednesday, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant. Opponents of a California law, requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to post signs notifying women of the availability [...]

Abortion foes seize on chance to overturn Roe (From Politico)

The anti-abortion movement believes it's one Donald Trump-appointed Supreme Court justice away from a shot at overturning Roe v. Wade, and advocates are teeing up what they hope will be the winning challenge. From Iowa to South Carolina, lawmakers are proposing some of the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in a generation, hoping their legislation triggers [...]

Extreme anti-abortion rhetoric and “grab ’em by the p***y”: The right’s ugly fantasies about women (From Salon)

YouTube/AP/Carolyn Kaster/Salon It's been a week since Kevin Williamson, a conservative columnist who had recently been hired by the Atlantic, lost his job after it became clear that he sincerely believed that women who get abortions should be executed by hanging. Still, fury in conservative media has not abated, as evidenced by the constant stream of [...]

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: To Save Abortion Rights, We Have to Think Beyond Roe (From New York Times)

OpinionSupported byTo Save Abortion Rights, We Have to Think Beyond RoeImageVolunteers help women make their way past anti-abortion protesters at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, known as the Pink House. It is the only abortion clinic in Mississippi.CreditNina Robinson/The Verbatim Agency, via Getty ImagesBy Lindy WestMs. West is a co-founder of ShoutYourAbortion, a campaign to [...]

The Atlantic splits with conservative writer over abortion comments (From POLITICO)

The Atlantic splits with conservative writer over abortion comments By MICHAEL CALDERONE 04/05/2018 02:59 PM EDT Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg said Thursday the magazine was “parting ways” with newly hired conservative writer Kevin Williamson after fresh evidence emerged that he had endorsed hanging women who get abortions. Goldberg had initially defended hiring Williamson from National [...]

Pope Francis: Catholics should care as much about the poor as about abortion (From Vox)

The pope thinks you should get off Twitter. Pope Francis has released a new papal document in which he criticizes everything from the toxicity of social media to Catholics’ single-minded focus on abortion, and encourages Catholics to better value the contributions of women to the spiritual life of the church. The 22,000-word Gaudete et Exsultate [...]

Patrick Deneen, The Little Sisters of the Poor, and Libertas Idiotica (From Public Discourse)

I have devoured Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed, marking up one paradoxical truth after another. Or, perhaps, these are truths that are only regarded as paradoxical, because people are blind to those foundations of liberal thought that would explain why, for example, the champion of the unfettered “individual” smoking and riding his horse into the [...]

Misogyny, Femicide and an Unexpected Abortion Debate (From New York Times)

OpinionSupported byMisogyny, Femicide and an Unexpected Abortion DebateBy Jordana TimermanMs. Timerman is an Argentine journalist.May 15, 2018ImageA young woman with text in Spanish written on her back that reads "Wealthy women abort, the poor die" during a pro-abortion demonstration in Buenos Aires, Argentina.CreditNatacha Pisarenko/Associated PressBUENOS AIRES — The Argentine stand-up comic Malena Pichot has a [...]

Matthews: ‘I’m Not Sure Trust Is What People Want from Trump’ (From POLITICO Magazine)

Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. The Trump Show, argues Chris Matthews, “is wearing surprisingly well.”Story Continued Below The voluble “Hardball” host, now in his 25th year on the air—making him one of the last remaining pioneers of the 24-hour cable news culture that has shaped American politics—is [...]

What’s Really at Stake in the Battle for “Ideological Diversity” at Elite Media Outlets (From The Intercept)

Over the past two weeks, the elite media Twittersphere has erupted with extremely intense opinions about The Atlantic’s hiring and then reverse-hiring of Kevin Williamson, previously a writer for the National Review. Any regular human beings who took a wrong turn on the internet and encountered this storm of takes must have found it incomprehensibly bonkers. [...]

The Sex Education We Need (From First Things)

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby nancy pearceybaker books, 336 pages, $22.99 Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality is Nancy Pearcey’s timely attempt to defend traditional Christian morality against a surging secular tide. In seven chapters, Pearcey takes on the most contentious issues of our time—abortion, euthanasia, sexual [...]

What Cutting Federal Funding for Abortion Providers Really Means (From Science of Us)

On Friday, news broke that the Trump administration was expected to announce a new ruling which would eliminate federal funding to any health facilities that also provide abortions. The ruling would be similar to the so-called “global gag rule,” by which funding is withheld from international organizations and NGOs which provide abortion counseling and/or services. [...]

New Trump Administration Move Deals Significant Blow to Planned Parenthood (From The Daily Signal)

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to soon file a proposal that would update regulations of the Title X Family Planning grant program—and likely deny Planned Parenthood millions of taxpayer dollars. The proposal would require Title X grant recipients to maintain a strict physical and financial separation between their family planning programs [...]

Will evangelicals come out for Trump’s Republican party in November? (From Guardian U.S.)

Donald Trump was the first president to be twice divorced, to openly brag about his sexual conquests and to face serious allegations of sexual misconduct less than a month before election day. He also won thanks in large part to the support of white evangelical Christians. Pastors at embassy opening highlight evangelicals' deal with The [...]

Anti-Gun Backlash From School Shooting? Probably Not in Texas (From New York Times)

Supported byAnti-Gun Backlash From School Shooting? Probably Not in Texas.ImageTexas Gov. Greg Abbott, seated left, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, to his right, listening as Santa Fe High School graduating seniors were given Bibles at a church service in Santa Fe, Tex., on Sunday.CreditMichael Stravato for The New York TimesBy Manny Fernandez, Jack Healy and [...]

Trump wades deeper into abortion politics as midterms loom (From AP News)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has long been an unlikely sweetheart for conservative and evangelical voters. Now, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, the thrice-married former Democrat who used to describe himself as "very pro-choice" is offering catnip to conservative voters with a new administration push to strip funding from Planned Parenthood and [...]

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote (From AP News)

DUBLIN (AP) — In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: "Her choice: vote yes." Anti-abortion placards warn against a "license to kill." Online, the argument is just as charged — and more shadowy, as unregulated ads [...]

Christian Radio Host: Meghan Markle is an “Angry, Feminist, Godless Woman” (From Friendly Atheist)

Did you watch the Royal Wedding? Did you sit at home, angrily, because Prince Harry was marrying the wrong woman? That seems to be what Jesse Lee Peterson did, because he has no kind words for Meghan Markle. The ultra-conservative radio host said yesterday that marrying Markle was a mistake because she’s an “angry, feminist, [...]

The Crisis of Porn (From The Daily Signal)

If you’re ambivalent about the crisis of pornography in America, The New York Times can change that. Almost instantly. The paper jolted an entire nation into caring with its jarring February exposé, “What Teenagers Are Learning from Online Porn” (warning: extremely graphic). If their stories don’t shock, repulse, sober, and motivate you, nothing will. What [...]

What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities (From Pew Research Center)

May 22, 2018 What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities Amid widening gaps in politics and demographics, Americans in urban, suburban and rural areas share many aspects of community lifeBy Kim Parker, Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Anna Brown, Richard Fry, D’Vera Cohn and Ruth Igielnik(iStock/Getty Images)   Large demographic shifts are reshaping America. The [...]

US to Strip Funding from Women’s Health Providers (From Human Rights Watch)

A sign in support of Planned Parenthood is seen outside a town hall meeting for Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy in Metairie, Louisiana, U.S. February 22, 2017. © 2017 Reuters The Trump Administration today proposed a policy that would ban organizations providing abortion services in the US from receiving federal family planning money, known as [...]

Op-Ed Columnist: How Trump Gets Into Your Bed (From New York Times)

OpinionSupported byHow Trump Gets Into Your BedBy Gail CollinsOpinion ColumnistMay 23, 2018ImagePresident Trump at the Susan B. Anthony List gala on Tuesday.CreditDoug Mills/The New York TimesIt’s not every day we start our discussion of current events with the president’s sex life.Well, actually, it’s gotten to be pretty frequent. But today we’re going to talk less [...]

Op-Ed Columnist: 10 Modest Steps to Cut Gun Violence (From New York Times)

OpinionSupported by10 Modest Steps to Cut Gun ViolenceBy Nicholas KristofOpinion ColumnistMay 23, 2018ImageMourners at a memorial for the Santa Fe High School victims in Texas.CreditScott Olson/Getty ImagesAfter the school shooting last Friday in Texas claimed 10 lives, the incoming president of the National Rifle Association, Oliver North, blamed not guns but a “culture of violence” [...]

Anti-Abortion Activist Says Iowa’s Fetal Heartbeat Bill Didn’t Go Far Enough (From Friendly Atheist)

Iowa recently passed a law outlawing abortions from the moment a heartbeat is detected — roughly six weeks into pregnancy, and before some women even know they’re pregnant. It’s a law designed to force women to give birth against their will and is already being challenged in the courts. That is, arguably, what the anti-abortion [...]

Misogyny, Femicide and an Unexpected Abortion Debate (From New York Times)

OpinionSupported byMisogyny, Femicide and an Unexpected Abortion DebateBy Jordana TimermanMs. Timerman is an Argentine journalist.May 15, 2018ImageA young woman with text in Spanish written on her back that reads "Wealthy women abort, the poor die" during a pro-abortion demonstration in Buenos Aires, Argentina.CreditNatacha Pisarenko/Associated PressBUENOS AIRES — The Argentine stand-up comic Malena Pichot has a [...]

Patrick Deneen, The Little Sisters of the Poor, and Libertas Idiotica (From Public Discourse)

I have devoured Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed, marking up one paradoxical truth after another. Or, perhaps, these are truths that are only regarded as paradoxical, because people are blind to those foundations of liberal thought that would explain why, for example, the champion of the unfettered “individual” smoking and riding his horse into the [...]

Is US faith really rising under Trump as Mike Pence claims? (From BBC)

Image copyright Karen Pence / Twitter Image caption Mr Pence, who identifies as an evangelical Christian, addressed the new graduates of Hillsdale College, a conservative college in Michigan US Vice-President Mike Pence has said "faith in America is rising once again" - thanks to President Donald Trump. America's religious climate has shifted in recent years, [...]

4 winners and 3 losers from the primaries in Pennsylvania and Nebraska (From Vox)

A good night for women, while Rick Saccone loses again. Tuesday’s primaries featured the crucial state of Pennsylvania plus a smattering of contests in the not-so-crucial states of Nebraska, Idaho, and Oregon. The realities of a complex array of races with their own local dynamics defy the construction of pat narratives. Left-wing Democrats won some [...]

Anti-Islam Movement Has New Rallying Cry — Let’s Delete Verses of the Quran (From The Intercept)

You think life is bad for Muslims in Trump’s America? Spare a thought for the Muslims of France. Over the past few years, they have been collectively blamed, and punished, for a series of horrific terror attacks carried out in France by so-called “jihadists.” The latest, a knife attack in Paris by a man shouting [...]

FBI investigating 1,000 suspected ‘lone wolf’ militants, director says (From Guardian U.S.)

The FBI is pursuing 1,000 investigations into suspected “lone wolf” militants and another 1,000 into “domestic terrorists”, the bureau’s director has told a congressional committee. Mexican drug kingpin behind DEA murder added to FBI most-wanted list Christopher Wray said so-called “lone wolf” terrorists – whom another law enforcement official described as individuals often radicalised over [...]

Trump Administration to Tie Health Facilities’ Funding to Abortion Restrictions (From New York Times)

Supported byTrump Administration to Tie Health Facilities’ Funding to Abortion RestrictionsImageA Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. The plan is the latest move by President Trump to impose curbs on reproductive rights.CreditJerilee Bennett/The Gazette, via Associated PressBy Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie HabermanMay 17, 2018WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday a [...]

Michelle Wolf: the unstoppable rise of America’s provocative political comic (From Guardian Culture)

When Michelle Wolf arrived at the Edinburgh festival in 2016 she was the latest in a long line of bubbling-under US standups to use the fringe to hone their craft and build an international audience. She returned home with a nomination for best newcomer, and a reputation firmly established for smart, sly, social commentary – [...]

Matthews: ‘I’m Not Sure Trust Is What People Want from Trump’ (From POLITICO Magazine)

Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. The Trump Show, argues Chris Matthews, “is wearing surprisingly well.”Story Continued Below The voluble “Hardball” host, now in his 25th year on the air—making him one of the last remaining pioneers of the 24-hour cable news culture that has shaped American politics—is [...]

Iowa passes ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion ban, most restrictive in U.S. (From U.S.)

(Reuters) - Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States on Wednesday, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant. Opponents of a California law, requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to post signs notifying women of the availability [...]

Iowa governor signs ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion ban into law (From U.S.)

(Reuters) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law on Friday a bill outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which often occurs at six weeks and before a woman even realizes she is pregnant, and Reynolds acknowledged the likelihood of a court challenge. The measure, which Iowa’s Republican-controlled state legislature passed on Wednesday, [...]

James O’Keefe Can’t Get No Respect (From POLITICO Magazine)

NEW YORK, N.Y.—It’s rush hour on a Tuesday night, and James O’Keefe is racing through Grand Central Station carrying a black bag with a bulletproof vest inside. We had taken an UberXL into midtown Manhattan hours earlier for a special fitting session: O’Keefe, the undercover sting artist and conservative folk hero, needed a new jacket [...]

Iowa governor signs ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion ban into law (From U.S.)

(Reuters) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law on Friday a bill outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which often occurs at six weeks and before a woman even realizes she is pregnant, and Reynolds acknowledged the likelihood of a court challenge. The measure, which Iowa’s Republican-controlled state legislature passed on Wednesday, [...]

Washington Monthly | Quick Takes: The Press is Obsessing About the Wrong Speech (From Washington Monthly)

Quick Takes: The Press is Obsessing About the Wrong Speech A roundup of wise tweets about the WHCD * While Michelle Wolf was doing her comedy routine at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Trump was giving a speech in Michigan that was full of attacks and lies. Guess which one the media panned. It seems that [...]

Matthews: ‘I’m Not Sure Trust Is What People Want from Trump’ (From POLITICO Magazine)

Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. The Trump Show, argues Chris Matthews, “is wearing surprisingly well.”Story Continued Below The voluble “Hardball” host, now in his 25th year on the air—making him one of the last remaining pioneers of the 24-hour cable news culture that has shaped American politics—is [...]

Iowa passes ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion ban, most restrictive in U.S. (From U.S.)

(Reuters) - Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States on Wednesday, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant. Opponents of a California law, requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to post signs notifying women of the availability [...]

Michelle Wolf’s WHCD Sarah Huckabee Sanders ‘Smoky Eye’ Joke (From Vulture)

As soon as Michelle Wolf finished delivering her blistering White House Correspondents Dinner roast of the Trump administration and the members of the press that cover it, she was, not surprisingly, criticized for much of what she said. Oddly, however, a lot of that criticism zeroed in on something that Michelle Wolf did not actually [...]

Michelle Wolf: the unstoppable rise of America’s provocative political comic (From Guardian Culture)

When Michelle Wolf arrived at the Edinburgh festival in 2016 she was the latest in a long line of bubbling-under US standups to use the fringe to hone their craft and build an international audience. She returned home with a nomination for best newcomer, and a reputation firmly established for smart, sly, social commentary – [...]

How Russian Facebook Ads Divided and Targeted US Voters Before the 2016 Election (From Wired)

When Young Mie Kim began studying political ads on Facebook in August of 2016—while Hillary Clinton was still leading the polls— few people had ever heard of the Russian propaganda group, Internet Research Agency. Not even Facebook itself understood how the group was manipulating the platform's users to influence the election. For Kim, a professor [...]

Republicans aren’t taking chances in the Arizona special election to replace Trent Franks (From Vox)

When Republican Rep. Trent Franks resigned amid reports that he had offered a female staffer $5 million to be his baby surrogate, no one thought his deeply red Arizona district could be swept in the blue wave. Then a Democrat, Conor Lamb, won a Trump +20 district in Pennsylvania, and the Republican Party began to [...]

The Sex Education We Need (From First Things)

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby nancy pearceybaker books, 336 pages, $22.99 Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality is Nancy Pearcey’s timely attempt to defend traditional Christian morality against a surging secular tide. In seven chapters, Pearcey takes on the most contentious issues of our time—abortion, euthanasia, sexual [...]

Should states support pregnant teens and their babies? (From Medical Xpress)

Most adults expressed a strong belief in health-related support for pregnant teens and their babies. But adults were less certain on whether their state should provide formula or car seats and other baby supplies. Credit: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan The majority of U.S. adults who [...]

Church of The Donald (From Politico)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The Music City campus of the Trinity Broadcasting Network is about a half-hour drive from Music City itself, in a placid Nashville suburb on a bend in the Cumberland River where the main road through town is called the Johnny Cash Parkway. TBN, America’s largest Christian television network, acquired the complex in [...]

Trump challenges Native Americans’ historical standing (From Politico)

The Trump administration has allowed three states — Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana — to begin instituting Medicaid work requirements, and at least 10 other states have submitted or are preparing applications. | John Shinkle/POLITICO Trump challenges Native Americans’ historical standing Tribes say they should be exempt from Medicaid work requirements. By DAN DIAMOND 04/22/2018 07:07 [...]

The states where abortion clinics are in short supply – Axios

West Virginia voters will decide in November's general election whether to add an amendment to their constitution that would remove abortions as a constitutional right. The big picture: West Virginia is one of six states with only one abortion clinic, joining Kentucky, North and South Dakota, Mississippi and Wyoming. What they're saying: Andrew Beck, senior [...]

Trump challenges Native Americans’ historical standing (From Politico)

The Trump administration has allowed three states — Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana — to begin instituting Medicaid work requirements, and at least 10 other states have submitted or are preparing applications. | John Shinkle/POLITICO Trump challenges Native Americans’ historical standing Tribes say they should be exempt from Medicaid work requirements. By DAN DIAMOND 04/22/2018 07:07 [...]

Church of The Donald (From Politico)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The Music City campus of the Trinity Broadcasting Network is about a half-hour drive from Music City itself, in a placid Nashville suburb on a bend in the Cumberland River where the main road through town is called the Johnny Cash Parkway. TBN, America’s largest Christian television network, acquired the complex in [...]

Arizona GOP Candidate Debbie Lesko Copied and Pasted Bills Written by Lobbyists (From The Intercept)

Debbie Lesko, the Republican candidate for Tuesday’s special election to Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, cut her teeth in the state legislature, where she has long served as the point person for corporate lobbyists to shape public policy. Lesko’s work attending to corporate interests was mainly carried out through her position as a senior member of the American Legislative Exchange [...]

Sen. Lamar Alexander is nothing like Trump. But he explains Trump’s Washington. (From Vox)

This should have been Sen. Lamar Alexander’s moment. The Tennessee Republican was the right person in the right place at the right time. Obamacare repeal was dead. But the more practical Republicans, none more so than Alexander, knew they needed to do something to help the law. Otherwise, they would reap the whirlwind. On the [...]

How Russian Facebook Ads Divided and Targeted US Voters Before the 2016 Election (From Wired)

When Young Mie Kim began studying political ads on Facebook in August of 2016—while Hillary Clinton was still leading the polls— few people had ever heard of the Russian propaganda group, Internet Research Agency. Not even Facebook itself understood how the group was manipulating the platform's users to influence the election. For Kim, a professor [...]

Republicans aren’t taking chances in the Arizona special election to replace Trent Franks (From Vox)

When Republican Rep. Trent Franks resigned amid reports that he had offered a female staffer $5 million to be his baby surrogate, no one thought his deeply red Arizona district could be swept in the blue wave. Then a Democrat, Conor Lamb, won a Trump +20 district in Pennsylvania, and the Republican Party began to [...]

The Sex Education We Need (From First Things)

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby nancy pearceybaker books, 336 pages, $22.99 Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality is Nancy Pearcey’s timely attempt to defend traditional Christian morality against a surging secular tide. In seven chapters, Pearcey takes on the most contentious issues of our time—abortion, euthanasia, sexual [...]

Should states support pregnant teens and their babies? (From Medical Xpress)

Most adults expressed a strong belief in health-related support for pregnant teens and their babies. But adults were less certain on whether their state should provide formula or car seats and other baby supplies. Credit: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan The majority of U.S. adults who [...]