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Alabama Supreme Court: Stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:45pm
The Alabama Supreme Court is taking on the federal judiciary, ordering the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In January, a federal judge struck down the state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2006 that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to issue an emergency stay of that ruling, allowing same-sex marriage to begin on Feb. 9. But Alabama Chief Court Justice Roy Moore ordered the
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The Lazarus Effect: Another unoriginal tale about deadish folks

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:55pm
Don’t expect The Lazarus Effect (rated PG-13 for intense sequences of horror violence, terror, and some sexual references) to square with Biblical eschatology. “Hell,” says the lone resurrected character in the movie, “is when you relive the worst moment of your life and you never wake up.” Kinda like watching yet another unoriginal tale about deadish folks. Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde) are researchers at a major California university. They have created a serum that,
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High court weighs validity of teacher testimony in child abuse cases

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:50pm
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday regarding statements children make to teachers and other non-law enforcement agents about abuse they have experienced. Depending on the high court’s ruling, prosecutors of these sensitive cases could face increased restrictions regarding which statements they can introduce in court. Teachers, social workers, and healthcare professionals are some of the most frequent first reporters of suspected child abuse, and according to the federal
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Republicans relent on immigration to pass funding bill

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:35pm
House Republicans made an awkward landing today after botching a political maneuver to thwart President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. After an unsuccessful attempt at defunding the president’s deportation relief program in the Homeland Security budget, the House approved a “clean” bill with no immigration strings attached. Just 75 out of 242 Republicans voted for the bill, which had unanimous Democratic support. The bill funds the Department of Homeland Security
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Georgia death row inmate shows ‘concrete fruit of redemption’

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:05pm
Last night, Georgia corrections officials delayed the execution of death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner for the second time this week, citing concerns over the drug used for the lethal injection. While an original test reported the drug reached acceptable levels of potency, the cocktail appeared cloudy in later checks, according to Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan. Officials have not yet set a new date for the execution.  Gissendaner, who has three
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Netanyahu: Deal with Iran no ‘farewell to arms’

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:55pm
Israeli prime minister urges U.S. lawmakers to consider the long-term consequences of a ‘bad deal’
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Focus uses cheap tricks to steal moviegoers’ money

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:25pm
“You get their focus, then you can take whatever you want.” This is how Nicky explains to Jess the art of lifting a mark’s valuables. It also describes Hollywood’s cinematic strategy: Tantalize with skin and salty language, and the public will hand over its wallet. Focus (rated R for language, some sexual content, and brief violence) offers the eye and ear candy many moviegoers gobble up, but the director fails to follow his main character’s advice on what starts out as a smart
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Midday Roundup: Clinton used personal email for state business

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:45pm
Private or public? Hillary Clinton used only her personal email account during her tenure as secretary of state, The New York Times revealed, raising questions about whether her communications were archived according to federal law requirements. A Clinton representative said that Clinton’s emails were still preserved as required and that she followed the practices of her predecessors. John Kerry is the first secretary of state to have an official email address, according to the
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The Drop Box director on coming to Christ

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:48am
Brian Ivie tells how he found Jesus through the lens of camera in South Korea
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Bibi at the barricade

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:10am
The White House opposes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to Congress, but not because the speech has political implications, coming as it does just two weeks before Israel’s March 17 election. If the administration truly had political concerns it would not have dispatched a team of Obama loyalists to Israel to help defeat Netanyahu. No, many believe the real reason the administration opposes Netanyahu’s speech is because he will tell the truth about Iran’s nuclear
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Arkansas bans webcam abortions

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:36am
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill Wednesday banning remotely administered abortions, a preemptive strike designed to protect women’s safety. The legislation was a top priority for pro-life advocates in the state. The now-banned procedure, known as telemedicine or webcam abortions, allows an abortionist in one location to administer abortion-inducing drugs by remotely unlocking a drawer in the pregnant woman’s location. But the distance between the abortionist and woman places
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Sitting out the ISIS war

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:07pm
We’ve heard lots of talk about how to fight ISIS, how much to fight them—whether to contain, destroy, or merely defeat them—and even about the constitutional requirements for any such operation. But it is almost always assumed that the United States must meet these monsters on the field of battle and remove them from the headlines. But what Graeme Wood has reported in his widely read Atlantic article, “What ISIS Really Wants,” calls into question our interest in such a war. In that
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We’re all auxiliary troops in a holy war

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:32pm
The identity of “Jihadi John”—the well-spoken butcher who presided over gory executions staged by the Islamic State, ISIS—was a bit of a surprise last week, though his Western connections were long-suspected. Turns out that Mohammed Emwazi spent most of his life in London after his family moved from Kuwait, earned a degree from the University of Westminster, bought stylish clothes, landed a computer job and a fiancée in Kuwait, and drifted to Syria sometime in 2013,
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Taiwan remembers 1947 massacre

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:00pm
Ceremonies at the 228 Memorial mark a painful period in the island’s history that still scars its relationship with China
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Bakery owners speak out for religious freedom

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:14pm
Next week, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries will announce the fine that former bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein must pay for declining to bake a cake celebrating a homosexual wedding. They could be fined as much as $150,000. Last week, the couple appeared at the National Religious Broadcasters conference in Nashville, Tenn., to encourage others to stand up for the freedom of religion.  “It would almost appear as if we have lost the battle for the culture as
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A little of the breadth revealed

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:11pm
I don’t know all the meanings of the scriptural saying “the breadth and length and height and depth,” but the least the phrase can mean is what I glimpsed today—the added dimension of God’s love I learned of through a woman named Lai, who came to my house to look at a room for rent. Lai, a medical doctor from Malaysia, is currently studying at a local seminary in hopes of equipping herself to minister to the soul as well as body. Lai is a middle child born to a Buddhist and
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Joy in India as Taliban frees Jesuit priest

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:58pm
A Jesuit priest and his family in India rejoiced over his release last week after eight months as a Taliban hostage. The Islamic militants in Afghanistan freed Father Alexis Prem Kumar after negotiating with the Indian government. On Feb. 22, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter that he had spoken with the priest and informed Kumar’s family he would be released, the Catholic Herald reported. According to Indian Express , Kumar’s brother John Joseph said Modi told their
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Midday Roundup: Rand Paul wins CPAC presidential straw poll

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:07pm
Fan favorite. Attendees at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) said Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was their top choice for the 2016 presidential nomination. Paul won 26 percent of about 3,000 votes in the CPAC straw poll. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finished a close second with 21 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who so far has commanded the field with heavy fundraising, finished in fifth place with only 8 percent of the vote. The straw poll, whose results were
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Actor Russell Brand makes anti-porn appeal but Google isn’t buying it

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:52am
Fifty Shades of Grey has earned nearly $130 million since its Feb. 13 debut, while drawing criticism for its graphic sexual content, corny lines, and woody acting. And last week, the film drew criticism from actor Russell Brand for trivializing sex and adding to the cultural trend of mainstreaming soft-core pornography.  Brand’s anti-porn rant went viral and helped add fuel to an effort to make sexual content harder to find on Google’s popular blogging platform. But facing
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Federal judge sinks Nebraska’s marriage law

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:15am
A federal judge in Nebraska overturned the state’s voter-approved marriage laws today, giving the attorney general a week to appeal the decision before it goes into effect.  U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon ordered the state to stop enforcing laws that define marriage as between one man and one woman while a suit filed by seven same-sex couples makes its way through the courts. The law, approved by 70 percent of voters in 2000, also prohibits civil unions and legalized domestic
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