Friday

The Briefing 09-30-16

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  • Checks and Balances: Congress overrides Pres. Obama's veto for the first time in his presidency
  • Electoral accountability: Elected state judges less supportive of LGBT rights than appointed ones
  • Today marks 40th anniversary of the Hyde amendment, which protects taxpayers from paying for abortions
  • New Ligonier and LifeWay study shows widespread theological confusion in America, even in our churches
Tuesday

The Briefing 09-27-16

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  • Who won the debate? What fact-checkers and political analysts reveal about worldview and truth
  • But will they even vote? Poor civic involvement reflects lack of conviction amongst growing "nones"
  • China joins the quest for alien life with new, massive telescope
  • Missionaries to Mars: If found, would Christians need to take the gospel to aliens?
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