The Briefing

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The Briefing 08-04-15

1) Opposition to Planned Parenthood presented as emotional sensitivity as Senate vote fails Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding measure, Reuters (Susan Cornwell and Alex Wilts) Debate Planned Parenthood honestly, USA Today (Editorial Board) A New Abortion Furor, New York Times Reprehensible, Weekly Standard (John McCormack) Medical Research on Fetal Tissue Prompts Ethical and Funding Debates, NPR (John Hockenberry) 2) Boy Scouts allow gay troop leaders, signalling persistent pressure from culture How the Boy Scouts changed their stance on gay leaders, Los Angeles Times (Jena McGregor) Why the Boy Scouts' New Policy on Gays Sets a Dangerous Precedent, Huffington Post (Michelangelo Signorile) Were Boy Scouts right to lift ban on gays?, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel (Gary Stein) 3) R-rated comedies persist despite box office woes, exposing values of Hollywood R-Rated Comedies, ‘Vacation’ Among Them, Continue to Struggle, New York Times (Brooks Barnes)

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Boy Scouts
  • Hollywood
  • Homosexuality
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Senate
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The Briefing 08-03-15

1) Shocking videos investigating Planned Parenthood confront America with reality of abortion Investigative Footage, Center for Medical Progress Planned Parenthood’s Harvest, Wall Street Journal (Editorial…

  • Abortion
  • adultery
  • Ashley Madison
  • Audio
  • Planned Parenthood
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The Briefing 06-30-15

1) Oklahoma execution method upheld by Supreme Court, despite severe questioning of death penalty Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug, Oklahoman Daily (AP) 2)…

  • Audio
  • Chimpanzees
  • gay marriage
  • Individualized Religion
  • Supreme Court
  • Weddings
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The Briefing 06-29-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Ending of New York prison break reminder sin is never as beautiful as it promises David Sweat shot and captured alive after…

  • Audio
  • gay marriage
  • New York Manhunt
  • Religious Liberty
  • Tax Exemption
  • Terrorism
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The Briefing Special Edition: Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

Podcast Transcript 1) Supreme Court affirms gay marriage as constitutional right, disregards democratic process  Obergefell, et. al., v Hodges, et. al., Supreme Court Transcript: Obama’s remarks…

  • Audio
  • Religious Liberty
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 06-26-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Supreme Court affirms Obamacare, exposing serious responsibility of interpreting texts Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies, New York Times (Adam Liptak) The…

  • Audio
  • Euthanasia
  • Obamacare
  • Supreme Court
  • Yoga
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The Briefing 06-25-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Tsarnaev sentencing stark example of difference between mercy in Christianity and Islam Tsarnaev apologizes for Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Globe (Patricia Wen,…

  • Anne Gaylor
  • Audio
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
  • Marijuana
  • Religious Liberty
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The Briefing 06-24-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Supreme Court’s leftward trend under Roberts shaped by kinds of questions Court faces The Roberts Court’s Surprising Move Leftward, New York Times…

  • Alger Hiss
  • Allen Weinstein
  • Audio
  • Justice Kennedy
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 06-23-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Netherlands considers extending right to die to children under twelve as culture of death progresses Dutch pediatricians: give terminally ill children under…

  • Audio
  • Elisabeth Elliot
  • Netherlands
  • Religion
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The Briefing 06-22-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Nation shocked by forgiveness given by families of Charleston shoot victims to shooter ‘I forgive you.’ Relatives of Charleston church shooting victims…

  • Audio
  • Charleston Shooting
  • Forgiveness
  • gay marriage
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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 06-20-15

1) Is ‘redeeming the culture’ a biblical concept? 2) Is it normal to be intimidated by the idea of spending eternity in heaven? 3) Are…

  • Audio
  • heaven
  • Isis
  • Redeeming the Culture
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The Briefing 06-19-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Charleston church shooting horrifying picture of evil of racism How black church leaders are responding to the shooting in Charleston, Washington Post…

  • Audio
  • Charleston
  • Pope Francis
  • racism
  • Religious Liberty
  • Supreme Court
  • WHO
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The Briefing 06-18-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Culture no longer asks ‘whether’ but ‘when’ gender reassignment should occur The New Girl in School: Transgender Surgery at 18, New York…

  • Audio
  • race
  • Rachel Dolezal
  • Transgender Teens
  • Waterloo
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The Briefing 06-17-15

Podcast Transcript 1) CA physician-assisted suicide bill passes after medical association drops opposition, redefining physicians’ role Physician-Assisted Death Legislation Moves Forward In California, NPR California…

  • American History
  • Audio
  • Education
  • gay marriage
  • Physician Assisted Suicide
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 06-16-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Jeb Bush unsurprisingly announces candidacy, leaving both parties with question of dynasty Jeb Bush announces presidential bid: ‘We will take command of our…

  • Audio
  • Conversion Therapy
  • Evolution
  • Jeb Bush
  • Single Mothers
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The Briefing 06-15-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Number of Americans in prison presents moral quandary of needing secure and humane systems The Dannemora Dilemma, New York Times (Ross Douthat)…

  • Audio
  • Homosexuality
  • Magna Carta
  • Prison Systems
  • Religious Liberty
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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 06-13-15

1) Should Christians disengage from the public sphere and take the Benedict option? 2) Do the Gospels contradict the teaching that Jesus rose after 3…

  • Audio
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The Briefing 06-12-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Shared understanding of value of marriage does not equal shared understanding of marriage  Marriage Today: Rich-Poor Gap, Later Vows, Gays Gain Access, Associated…

  • "Men at Work"
  • Audio
  • Clash of Clans
  • Economy
  • Marriage
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The Briefing 06-11-15

Podcast Transcript 1) As global descent into terrorism continues, al Qaeda is broken by rise of ISIS Isis onslaught has broken al-Qaida, its spiritual leaders…

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Job and worldview
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Medicine
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The Briefing 06-10-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Opposition to upheld Texas abortion law reveals entrenched nature of abortion movement Controversial Texas abortion law upheld by federal appeals court, Los Angeles…

  • 2016 Presidential Campaign
  • Audio
  • Homosexuality
  • Texas Abortion Law
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The Briefing 06-09-15

Podcast Transcript 1) New York jailbreak coverage reminder of power entertainment has to confuse moral reality Wide Net Cast for Escaped Killers; They Could Be…

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Crime
  • Homosexuality
  • Scripture
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The Briefing 06-08-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Transgender and feminism agendas collide over admission policies at women’s colleges Barnard will admit transgender students. Now all ‘Seven Sisters’ colleges do.,…

  • Audio
  • Barnard College
  • Creflo Dollar
  • Feminisim
  • Prosperity Gospel
  • Transgender
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The Briefing 06-05-15

 Podcast Transcript 1) Accidental shipping of live anthrax by U.S. labs parable of living in fallen modern world Up to 18 labs in U.S. got…

  • 2016 Presidential Campaign
  • Anthrax
  • Audio
  • Lincoln Chafee
  • Motherhood
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The Briefing 06-04-15

Podcast Transcript 1) American exception to secularization no longer true in Pacific northwest 10 percent of Seattle residents identify as atheist, says study, Seattle Sun…

  • Audio
  • Individualism
  • millennials
  • Overpopulation
  • Secularization
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The Briefing 06-03-15

Podcast Transcript 1) OSHA regulations on transgender restroom use keep up with moral insanity of sexual revolution A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers, OSHA…

  • Audio
  • Church of England
  • Feminist Theology
  • FIFA
  • OSHA
  • Sepp Blatter
  • Transgender
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The Briefing 06-02-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Supreme Court ruling on Abercrombie headscarf case religious liberty win for all Americans Muslim Woman Denied Job Over Head Scarf Wins in…

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Audio
  • Bruce Jenner
  • Church of England
  • Transgender
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The Briefing 06-01-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Senate debate over NSA program exposes tension between security and privacy in dangerous world Senate to let NSA spy program lapse, at least…

  • 2016 Presidential Race
  • Audio
  • Dennis Hastert
  • NSA
  • Senate
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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 2015-05-30

1) Were there actually women pastors and bishops in the early church? 2) What is the point of fasting? 3) Should evangelicals attend the weddings…

  • Audio
  • Catholicism
  • complementarianism
  • Divorce
  • Fasting
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The Briefing 05-29-15

Podcast Transcript 1) FIFA corruption charges exposes incompetence of humans to self-police sin Global soccer corruption case deeply rooted in USA, USA Today (Kevin Johnson)…

  • adultery
  • Audio
  • Awe
  • Corruption
  • FIFA
  • Genes
  • naturalism
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The Briefing 05-28-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Chimps’ day in court exposes confusion of human dignity with care for animals Judge Ponders Whether Chimps Should Get Same Rights as…

  • animal rights
  • Assisted Suicide
  • Audio
  • chimps
  • China
  • Polls
  • Religious Liberty
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