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WORLD offers hard-hitting, truth-telling, uniquely Christian worldview reporting that stands in stark contrast to the mainstream media in these confusing, chaotic days. Our website and magazine feature national and international news; newsmaker profiles and interviews; movie, book, and music reviews; political cartoons; commentary on current issues; and more.
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Dealing with a 7-year-old

40 min 28 sec ago
I spent the day with a 7-year-old. Not my 7-year-old grandson but the neighbor’s grandchild. (“If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.”) A day with a 7-year-old boy is more like a competition than a relationship. In everything he is faster and better than you are—even when he’s not. All day long you are “the rotten egg” for losing the race to the car, or tying your shoes more slowly. And he is the alpha dog to whom you submit for upbraiding about
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ACLU: No need to protect baby girls from abortion

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:04pm
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on July 14 seeking an injunction against an Arizona law that prohibits sex and race-selective abortions, claiming the law intended to protect women is a form of racial discrimination.  Arizona’s “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011” bans abortionists from providing sex-selective abortions. Violators could face up to 3 1/2 years in prison and lose their medical licenses.
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Federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:00pm
UPDATE (2 p.m. EDT): The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Internal Revenue Service correctly interpreted the will of Congress in doling out Obamacare subsides, coming to the opposite conclusion of the D.C. Circuit Court. A three-judge panel issued the unanimous ruling. After losing in the D.C. court, Obama administration officials said they would appeal to the court's full, 11-member panel. While the case plays out, Obamacare enrollees who bought insurance on the federal
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Cease-fire talks falter as Gaza fighting rages on

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:48pm
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today called for the international community to hold Hamas accountable for its continued rejection of cease-fire offers, amid ongoing and intense fighting along the Gaza Strip that has left more than 600 Palestinians, 27 Israeli troops, and two Israeli civilians dead. Netanyahu compared Hamas to al-Qaeda and has repeatedly criticized its attacks on Israeli citizens. As the fighting shows no sign of abating, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
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Midday Roundup: Putin offers help, dodges blame for crash

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:16pm
Of course we’ll help. Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a Security Council meeting today he would try to use his influence with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine to help investigate the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. “Everything that is in our power we, of course, will do,” Putin said. “Russia will do everything that depends on it to ensure a full, comprehensive, in-depth and transparent investigation.”But on Monday, Russia made it clear it has no intention
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In praise of small talk

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:29am
Humility partly comes from espousing heartily today an opinion that you were as adamantly opposed to yesterday. This is how I feel about “small talk.” For most of my life I was against it. Even the name is universally disparaging. Who could defend it? Small talk is talk without teleology, without purpose, without an important message to communicate. It is wasting your time of day. My change of mind regarding small talk has come after noticing that I have not learned much about anyone
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Soul-searching in South Korea

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:23am
As the nation debates its collective responsibility for the Sewol disaster, Christians preach the message of grace
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Obama: LGBT conduct trumps religious freedom

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:53pm
President Barack Obama on Monday ignored the concerns of religious conservatives and signed an executive order adding sexuality and gender identity to a list of things federal contractors may not consider when making hiring decisions. He did not explain his decision to ignore requests for an exemption, but he told LGBT supporters at the White House he believed in the “irrefutable rightness” of their cause. “America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against
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The Flight 17 blame game continues

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:05pm
Western leaders call for justice and accountability, but no one is willing to say for sure who is responsible
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‘Never say Nava’: A Christian player’s saga

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:24pm
If you’re seeking a Christian ballplayer to cheer for, check out Daniel Nava of the Boston Red Sox. His is a Cinderella tale of movement from washing laundry to marrying royalty to being dumped to maintaining a great attitude and making his way back. After an undistinguished California high school career, Nava walked on at Santa Clara University but was cut from the team. He became the team manager, which meant washing the uniforms of other players. He kept practicing and eventually
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How do you grieve well after the death of a child?

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:15pm
Radio talk show host JJ Jasper had a great life. He was a syndicated radio personality, a successful author, and a happily married father of five. His life was so good he could tell jokes about it as a standup comic. But then the unthinkable happened. Following an accident on his family farm near Tupelo, Miss., Jasper’s only son, Cooper, died. It sent Jasper and his wife, Melanie, into the depths of a grief from which they’ve never fully recovered, but which, over time, Jasper has
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Globe Trot: UN calls for immediate cease-fire in Gaza

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:45pm
GAZA: The UN reports the death toll in Gaza has crossed 500, and the world body is calling for an immediate cease-fire. That’s what Israel, Egypt, the Arab League, and others wanted a week ago when Hamas said no. Rarely does international politics present such moments of moral clarity, writes Charles Krauthammer on the Israeli-Gaza conflict. “Here’s the difference between us,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We’re using missiledefense to protect our
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An old disease on a scary new rampage in West Africa

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:22pm
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is attacking Western Africa in a way health workers have never seen. “It is serious because it’s the first time that we have Ebola outbreaks in three different countries,” said Tarik Jasarevic of the World Health Organization. In Guinea, he is monitoring the outbreak that has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Since March, there have been 964 reported cases and 603 deaths that he knows of. “This time around it is very challenging because
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End political pensions

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:49pm
When Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House majority leader, unexpectedly lost his party’s nomination to seek reelection our sympathies soon abated when we realized that what faces him on the far side of his abruptly ended political career is an opportunity for amassing great wealth. Nonetheless, in his no doubt sumptuously supplied dotage, he will receive a pension from the public purse. According to the Congressional Research Service, members of Congress are eligible for a pension after five
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Even Muslims get fed up

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:06pm
Daniel Pipes, American historian and founder of the Middle East Forum, has kept an eye on Islam and its adherents for decades. It’s an occupation that puts him on the front lines for both praise and criticism, but whether or not his critics agree, Pipes usually has something interesting to say. Last year, he predicted that “Islamism” (radical as opposed to moderate Islam) had peaked as a world phenomenon and was soon to go into decline. In the last few months, with all hard-won
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Midday Roundup: Smoker’s widow gets billions in damages

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:04pm
Sending a message. A Pensacola, Fla., jury awarded $23.6 billion late Friday to the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. The verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the nation’s second-biggest cigarette maker, is massive for an individual tobacco suit and includes punitive damages. R.J. Reynolds executive J. Jeffery Raborn called it a “runaway verdict” and vowed to appeal. An attorney for the plaintiff, Cynthia Robinson, said the verdict sends a message to Big
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Rage against the darkness

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:15am
The downside of writing a daily online posting and a biweekly magazine column is that you get to know all my sins. This is partly because I’m not the sportswriter and partly because it is impossible to write so many words without getting around to it. Today’s shameful confession is that I have been a terrible aunt. My five nieces and nephews have grown up with nary a birthday or Christmas card from me. I didn’t mean for it to happen. I always dutifully transcribed their birth dates
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Nothing left for Mosul Christians but the sword

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:53am
ISIS militants give Christians a final ultimatum, forcing them to flee or be killed
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Dollars and Sense: Is Wall Street showing signs of ‘irrational exuberance?’

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:28am
Wall Street rising. Stocks rose last week. In fact, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday continued a winning streak on the Dow that began the week before. The markets seemed to be responding to an upbeat earnings report from Citigroup. Citi is not one of the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but financial stocks are weighted heavier in the Dow. Citi’s results pushed other financial stocks up, and that sent the Dow up significantly on Monday. Then on Tuesday, we got
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