Thursday

The Briefing 09-22-16

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  • The end of mom and dad? Scientists say making babies without eggs may be possible
  • The danger of absolute power: Labour Party's collapse has destabilized British politics
  • History warns against a strongman: Praise for Putin reveals false hope of an autocratic leader
  • Detailed map of gay marriage in America gives new insight into our new moral landscape
Wednesday

The Briefing 09-21-16

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  • The irrationality of terrorists: One was a "normal American kid," the other had a history with the FBI
  • The heart is desperately wicked: Experts unable to find predictor for “Lone Wolf” terror
  • What is the proper moral reflex in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa?
  • Real ethics for artificial intelligence? Human beings and the gift of moral consciousness
Tuesday

The Briefing 09-20-16

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  • Terrorist attacks in 3 states over the weekend underscore ongoing threat of radical Islam
  • Nashville, the "buckle of the Bible belt," to consider decriminalizing marijuana
  • Does marijuana produce slackers? New research shows lack of regulatory standards harmful
  • 7,800,947—the number of opioid prescriptions in TN, surpassing that state's population
Friday

The Briefing 09-16-16

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  • ACC pulls championships from NC, citing "principles" of inclusion and nondiscrimination
  • "The times, they are a-changin'": Orlando sports columnist mocks NC in bid to ACC
  • Democrats refuse to pass Zika bill because it doesn't include money for Planned Parenthood
  • Could religion's decline precipitate economic decline? Question has secularists worried
Wednesday

The Briefing 09-14-16

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  • The piling on continues: NCAA pulls championship games from North Carolina over HB2
  • Nonsensical theology: How Tim Kaine reconciles same-sex marriage and his Catholic faith
  • Italy's Fertility Day campaign backfires, but still spotlights country's disastrously low birth rate
Tuesday

The Briefing 09-13-16

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  • Could reality TV define our national reality? "Sister Wives" polygamy case appeals to Supreme Court
  • Rationality, desperation theory, and the attempt to understand North Korea's latest nuclear test
  • Birds of a feather flock together: What your friendships reveal about your worldview
Monday

The Briefing 09-12-16

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  • Terrorism and the reality of evil: 9/11 and the American mind
  • A terror cell of Islamic women in Paris: The threat of terrorism expands and still shocks
  • Inter-planetary Panspermia? A scientist argues for his own "improved" idea of Intelligent Design
Friday

The Briefing 09-09-16

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  • "Even a church" — Massachusetts law can require a church to violate Scripture
  • It's not just Massachusetts: The larger pattern that threatens religious liberty
  • To each "zirs" own? Vanderbilt's pronoun chart and the end of conversation
Wednesday

The Briefing 09-07-16

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  • Collapse of human dignity: Zika crisis leads to arguments for abortion, euthanasia, infanticide.
  • Why is Ian McEwan's new book sparking cultural conversation? The protagonist is an unborn baby.
  • Phyllis Schlafly, a defining leader in the modern conservative movement, dies at age 92
Friday

The Briefing 09-02-16

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  • California considering bill that would outlaw the kind of videos that exposed Planned Parenthood evils
  • Is adoption meaningless now? NYT editorial board celebrates redefinition of parenthood
  • Amidst the collapse of Christianity in Britain, some are wondering what will fill the gap
  • Is this socialism? Bernie supporters balk at use of "dark money" and his $600k third home
Thursday

The Briefing 09-01-16

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  • "De facto" parents? In stunning decision, New York's highest court radically redefines parenting
  • When it comes to their own children, liberals tend to be more concerned about pornography
Wednesday

The Briefing 08-31-16

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  • There never was any middle ground: A response to David Gushee's volcanic LGBT prediction
  • What happens when religious liberty faces "other stronger interests"? Well, who's defining "stronger"?
  • Liberal, Moderate, or Conservative? Facebook is making a list and checking it twice
Tuesday

The Briefing 08-30-16

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  • Sexual assault education ... in kindergarten? When morality is untethered from revelation
  • Whose life should be saved first? The irreducibly moral dimension of public health
  • Peace in the Americas: Permanent cease-fire concludes half-century civil war in Colombia
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