The Briefing

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The Briefing 09-29-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Difficulties in combating terrorism indicate the challenges of maintaining democracy Obama Acknowledges U.S. Erred in Assessing ISIS, New York Times (Peter Baker and...

  • Audio
  • Elections
  • Evolution
  • Obama
  • Terrorism
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The Briefing 09-26-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Resignation of influential and controversial Eric Holder reminder of importance of elections As attorney general, Holder made friends, enemies and history, Seattle...

  • Audio
  • Derek Jeter
  • Eric Holder
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Southern Baptists
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The Briefing 09-25-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Obama UN address reveals insufficiency of secular vocabulary in facing evil Obama’s Address to the United Nations General Assembly, Wall Street Journal ---Transcript 2)...

  • Audio
  • Family
  • Incest
  • Islamic State
  • Marriage
  • Obama
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The Briefing 09-24-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Pew reveals moral revolution accompanied by some second-guessing Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning, Pew Research Many Americans Want More Religion in Their...

  • Audio
  • Moral Revolution
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • secularism
  • White House Jumper
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The Briefing 09-23-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Islamic State threat to Westerners  clear statement that warfare is always theological Islamic State: 'You are not even safe in your bedrooms', Telegraph...

  • Audio
  • Climate Change
  • Islamic State
  • Safety
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The Briefing 09-22-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Scotland remains part of United Kingdom but exposes global fragilities of nation-state Secessionist movements learn lessons from Scotland vote, USA Today (Alan...

  • Audio
  • Ebola
  • Scotland
  • Subsidiarity
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The Briefing 09-19-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Prevention of Islamic State plot in Australia reminder of inability to know hearts of men Australia terror raids are a reminder of...

  • Audio
  • Australia
  • College Campuses
  • Gendercide
  • iPhone
  • Islamic State
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The Briefing 9-18-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Primacy of cultural issues in electoral discussions reveal moral contours of our society 'Security Moms' Are Back—and That's Bad News for Democrats,...

  • Audio
  • Pope Francis
  • Scotland
  • Security Moms
  • Sexual Ethics
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The Briefing 09-17-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Obama declares Ebola epidemic a national security crisis and global responsibility for the US Read his speech: Obama visits Georgia, CDC for...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Ebola
  • Feminism History
  • Obama
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The Briefing 09-16-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Wave of transgender children's books reminder sexual revolutionaries are targeting your children Heather Has Two Genders, Wall Street Journal (Megan Cox Gurdon)...

  • American Congregations
  • Audio
  • Federal Courts
  • President Obama
  • Transgender
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The Briefing 09-15-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Domestic abuse and health issues of NFL expose tendency towards a gladiatorial morality Ray Rice Case Draws Attention to a Crime Often Obscured, New York...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • NFL
  • Ray Rice
  • Shopping
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The Briefing 09-12-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Ironically, unbelivers Harris and Maher teach importance of belief  Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon, SamHarris.org (Sam Harris) Maher vs. Charlie Rose: To Claim Islam...

  • Audio
  • Bill Maher
  • Islam
  • Parenting
  • Richard Oldham
  • Sam Harris
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The Briefing 09-11-14

Podcast Transcript 1) President Obama neglects reality of worldview in conflict with ISIL, international terrorism Transcript: President Obama’s speech outlining strategy to defeat Islamic State, Washington...

  • American Family
  • Audio
  • Islamic State
  • President Obama
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The Briefing 09-10-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Roman Catholic 'evolution' on gay marriage shows adding to Scripture subverts its authority Is the Catholic Church ‘Evolving’ on Gay Marriage?, TIME (Christopher...

  • Audio
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • evangelicalism
  • Homosexuality
  • Roman Catholicism
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The Briefing 09-09-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Momentum of Scotland referendum gentle reminder of transience of political realities Britain faces storm as giant global investors awaken to break-up dangers, The Telegraph (Ambrose...

  • Audio
  • Corruption
  • Politics
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Scottish independence
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The Briefing 09-08-14

Podcast Transcript 1) InterVarsity ejected by California University system over creedal basis of group College campuses resemble closed countries, Mission Network News (Julie Oosterhouse) California State...

  • Audio
  • Gordon College
  • InterVarsity
  • Same-Sex Marriage
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The Briefing 09-05-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Displacement of any typical family structure in America reflects decline in marriage Unlike in the 1950s, there is no 'typical' U.S. family...

  • American Family
  • Audio
  • Education
  • Marijuana
  • Methodists
  • secularism
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The Briefing 09-04-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Obama draws clear red line against Russia's aggressive ambitions Obama Calls Ukraine a ‘Moment of Testing’ for NATO, The New York Times, (Julie...

  • Audio
  • Joel Osteen
  • President Obama
  • Russia
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Victoria Osteen
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The Briefing 09-03-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Letter from clergy decrying U.S. military response to Islamic State underestimates human sinfulness Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage, Reuters...

  • Audio
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Mount Holyoke
  • Nudity
  • Sin
  • Transgender
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The Briefing 09-02-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Dismissal of warning of European war as scaremongering denial of reality War in Europe is not a hysterical idea, Washington Post (Anne Applebaum)...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Putin
  • Russia
  • Sex Education
  • Ukraine
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The Briefing 08-29-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Rising number of Americans dependent on welfare threatens ability to reform system Government Dependency In U.S. Nears The Tipping Point, Investors' Business...

  • Audio
  • Labor Day
  • Religious Liberty
  • Vanderbilt
  • Welfare system
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The Briefing 08-28-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Utah polygamy ban struck down furthering absolute confusion on marriage Utah Polygamy Law Partially Struck Down By Federal Judge Following 'Sister Wives'...

  • Audio
  • Euthanasia
  • Polygamy
  • Population shift
  • Utah
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The Briefing 08-27-14

Podcast Transcript 1) California commitment to abortion overrules conscience of two Catholic universities  A women's rights victory as California nixes an attack on abortion coverage, Los...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Obamacare
  • Religious Liberty
  • Transgenderism
  • Twitter
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The Briefing 08-26-14

Podcast Transcript 1) In face of Islamic State atrocities, secularists struggle to explain evil The Islamic State is evil returned, Washington Post (Richard Cohen) Martin...

  • Audio
  • Church Growth
  • Evil
  • Homosexuality
  • Islamic State
  • Television
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The Briefing 08-25-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Earthquakes in Napa and Peru reminder of instability of world Napa, Calif., gets back to business after 6.0 quake, USA Today (Elizabeth...

  • Audio
  • Down Syndrome
  • Napa
  • Religious Liberty
  • Richard Dawkins
  • White House
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The Briefing 08-22-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Childlessness as a lifestyle immersion in the self-centered life Being childless, Financial Times (Janan Ganesh) 2) Gungor reveals modern science, not Bible, as...

  • Audio
  • Common Core
  • Creation
  • Michael Gungor
  • Parenting
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The Briefing 08-21-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Murder of James Foley can only and must be described as evil James Foley and the Last Journalists in Syria, The Atlantic...

  • Audio
  • Divorce
  • Ferguson
  • Individualism
  • James Foley
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The Briefing 08-20-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Response to 'Purge' hoax reveals fear of humans that law might be removed Social media 'Purge' campaigns spark fear of bloody copycats,...

  • Audio
  • Legal Marijuana
  • Sexual Identity
  • The Purge
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The Briefing 08-19-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Spread of Ebola aided by lack of cultural understanding of Western medical practice You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough About Ebola, Foreign...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Ebola
  • Parenting
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The Briefing 08-18-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Prominence of ISIS shows declaring peace does make peace Iraq Crisis: Islamic State Now Threat to West, Says U.S., Wall Street Journal (Siobhan Gorman, Tamer El-Ghobasy,...

  • Audio
  • Iraq
  • Islam
  • Parenting
  • President Obama
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