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At a low point in ancient Israel, “There was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, ‘Lest the Hebrews make themselves swords or spears.’ But every one of the Israelites went down to the Philistines to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, or his sickle” (1 Samuel 13:19–20, ESV). Are we almost at that point in Christian book publishing today? What’s missing from the following notice on the Publishers Weekly Job Zone? “Title:
Following a spate of embarrassing security lapses, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned today at the prompting of President Barack Obama. The president, whom Pierson’s agency is tasked with protecting, “concluded new leadership of that agency was required,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Pierson faced tough questions during a three-hour congressional hearing yesterday but deflected calls for her resignation. Today’s revelation of yet another problem with
This article is the 11th in the White House Wednesday series by The World and Everything in It looking at potential 2016 candidates for president. Earlier installments profiled Republicans Rick Perry , Bobby Jindal , Paul Ryan , Rand Paul , Jeb Bush , Ted Cruz , and Chris Christie , and Democrats Elizabeth Warren , Joe Biden , and Andrew Cuomo . Until recently, it seemed certain that Republican Mitt Romney’s political career ended with his 2012 defeat by President Barack Obama. In the
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other health officials said at a press conference this afternoon that a handful of school-aged children had contact with a man diagnosed with Ebola. The patient, the first to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, was identified as Thomas Eric Duncan. He went to a Dallas emergency room Friday and explained he was visiting from Liberia. He was sent home with antibiotics, according to his sister, Mai Wureh. He returned two days later, after his
Centers for victims see increased reporting, extra resources in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal
Pro-democracy student leaders threatened to step up their protests by occupying government buildings if Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying doesn’t resign by Thursday. Lester Shum, the vice secretary of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, said the occupation could include “essential” government agencies like hospitals and social welfare offices. Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents spent their National Day holiday Wednesday protesting Beijing’s decision to vet
BAGHDAD: Canon Andrew White—chaplain of the only Anglican church in Baghdad—posted an SOS on his Facebook page late Monday: “ISIS are now just 5 miles away from Baghdad. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. We need you.” The renowned cleric—known as the “Vicar of Baghdad”—reported Islamic State militants were advancing toward the capital city, despite American airstrikes. White offered a brief update on Tuesday, saying it appeared the militants’ advance had been halted,
Close quarters. In more bad news for the Secret Service, agents protecting President Barack Obama on a recent visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta failed to stop a man with a gun and a criminal record from getting on an elevator with the leader of the free world. The man made agents suspicious because he refused to comply with their orders to stop using his cell phone to record video of the president. After Obama got off the elevator, several agents
I learned from the funeral parlor that they have to wait 24 hours after a person dies before they can cremate him or her. One can easily imagine the reason for this rule, and yet I felt quite certain even a half hour after death that there was no spirit in that temple that used to be my mother’s. Still, let the medical profession and the law profession and any interested party have full assurance that the entity placed into the flames or coffin is, as the Munchkins of Oz said, “not
In an act of protest, students and teachers in Jefferson County, Colo., are skipping school. Students claim they are walking out due to their school board’s planned review of the proposed new AP History curriculum. For the past week, large groups of students at a majority of the district’s 17 high schools have left school, waving flags, banners, and protest signs. “My mom is very proud of me, that I'm standing up for what I believe,” 16-year-old Vanessa Ridge said. The new version
With the midterm election just around the corner, using polls to predict who will win has become sport for media pundits. One problem with pre-election polls is they often include people who don’t actually vote when an election comes. In the 2010 midterm election, less than half of eligible voters turned out. In 2012, the most recent presidential election year, only about 60 percent of those who were eligible to vote did so. In recent years, both major political parties have been using
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late this afternoon it has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States. The unidentified patient is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Doctors put the patient in isolation as soon as they suspected Ebola might be involved. The patient’s travel history played a role in making the doctors suspicious, which indicates he or she probably had the disease before arriving in the United States.
INDIANAPOLIS—Character was a hot topic a few years ago. Some feared that America was losing its bearings in terms of traditional values and wanted to promote integrity and virtue. Others were dismayed by President Clinton’s moral problems in the White House. In several cities business executives started character councils to collaborate on how to encourage employees in qualities such as initiative and perseverance. In Indianapolis, Mayor Bart Peterson, a Democrat, started giving
A Connecticut government task force wants to give special educators with public schools the power to veto homeschooling parents’ education plans . The Connecticut Post reports the state has placed increased scrutiny on its roughly 5,000 homeschoolers since the December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 students and six educators died. The shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, was diagnosed in 2005 with Asperger’s syndrome. High school exacerbated his struggles, which
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s most influential pediatricians group, wants teen girls to get IUDs or hormonal implants to keep them from getting pregnant. The new AAP policy, published yesterday, describes the long-term birth control methods as effective, safe and easy to use. Most pro-life groups would say otherwise—IUDs are considered by many to be abortifacients, as they prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. The policy retains language
“That’s all, folks.” The trademark closing line from Porky Pig, the lovable cartoon character from Loony Tunes , might be ringing especially loudly in the ears of some Gen Xers (and even some millennials). This weekend, Saturday morning cartoons officially became a thing of the past. According to NPR, the CW has aired its last batch of Vortexx programming, leaving American children for the first time in decades without any animated broadcast television to kick off their weekends.
Though radical Islam might have influenced accused killer Alton Nolen, religion was not his primary motive for beheading a coworker, the prosecutor in the case said today. Nolen, 30, had just been fired on Thursday from his job at Vaughan Foods, a processing plant in Moore, Okla., when he allegedly attacked Colleen Hufford, 54, severing her head with a knife. Authorities say he then repeatedly stabbed Traci Johnson, 43. He stopped when company executive Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff's
College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. … One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75–80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.” The Washington Post recently carried a front-page story about campus sexual assaults. As the father of former college students, two of
Not-so-secret grilling. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson faced some tough questions from Congress this morning after the media discovered the intruder who jumped over the White House fence got much further than officials previously said. The Secret Service at first claimed Omar Gonzalez only made it through the front door on Sept. 19 before agents stopped him. But Gonzalez, a former soldier, made it all the way to the East Room after overpowering an agent and running down the hall.
A few years ago I bought my father Heaven by Randy Alcorn. We have been meaning to read it, but it has been sitting on the end table unopened. But there is nothing like watching your wife go off to that mysterious place to rekindle interest, so my father brought the book with him to the hospital whenever he visited. On the night before she died, he sat by her side on a cot reading it and being greatly encouraged. One thing continues to stick in his craw (and I shall have to consult both the