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Monday

The Briefing 05-22-17

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  • Breaking with predecessor, Trump confronts "crisis of Islamic extremism" in address in Saudi Arabia
  • Why didn't US presidents set foot on foreign soil before 1906? History of the presidential trip abroad
  • A moderate Iran? How a watching world interprets the reelection of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
  • Emperor or "god"? The theology behind Japanese Emperor Akihito's pending abdication of the throne
Friday

The Briefing 05-19-17

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  • Political game changer? DOJ appoints former FBI Dir. Robert Mueller as special counsel in Russia probe
  • Roger Ailes, Fox News founder who toppled the liberal media monopoly, dies at 77
  • Lay off the avocado toast: Why is financial prudence a controversial message these days?
  • Friday Book Recommendation: "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World" by Peter Frankopan
Thursday

The Briefing 05-18-17

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  • What we know, what we don't know, and why both matter: Crisis of credibility at the White House
  • Is refusing to print gay pride t-shirts discrimination? KY appeals court says no; but will it stand?
  • How many Americans believe the Bible is the literal word of God? Parsing data from a new Gallup poll
  • No man will do: Why secular economists are alarmed at the recent decline in marriages
Wednesday

The Briefing 05-17-17

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  • Christian governor jailed on charges of blasphemy in predominately Muslim Indonesia
  • When religious liberty is a matter of life and death: Record number of Christians fleeing Middle East
  • Evacuating the center: Labour Party releases radically left-wing manifesto ahead of Britain's election
  • What's in a name? American culture through the lens of baby name trends
Tuesday

The Briefing 05-16-17

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  • Alarming moral barometer: New Gallup poll reveals Americans hold record liberal views on moral issues
  • The "new monogamy"? What the open marriage movement says about our cultural moment
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