The Briefing 10-23-17

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  • Fragility of democracy on display as Catalans, others seek independence
  • Massive moral and constitutional questions surround controversy over undocumented teen and abortion
  • Buy a T-shirt for $45, get marijuana for 'free': Cannabis dealers in D.C. get creative

The Briefing 10-19-17

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  • The Caliphate in retreat: Coalition forces seize Raqqa from the Islamic State
  • The resistance of secular Westerners to recognize the Islamic nature of the Islamic State
  • Chinese President Xi outlines vision for total Communist control in 3½ hour speech
  • A teacher’s chilling question from rural China

The Briefing 10-17-17

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  • The religion of birth control and it’s doctrinal enforcers
  • “Buyer’s remorse” for religious liberty among supporters of the sexual revolution.
  • The AP Stylebook goes to war against human nature
  • A warning about warnings: Why we should make our warnings fewer and make them stick

The Briefing 10-13-17

  • Who is responsible for the secularization of America’s young people?
  • Whose priorities are fueling the secularization of America’s youth: parents, professors, or both?
  • What are marketers telling us about millennials?
  • Worldview Book Recommendation: The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

The Briefing 10-12-17

  • The next step in the evolution of the Boy Scouts of America: accepting girls
  • The words "boys" and "girls" are becoming increasingly ironic
  • The Pope condemns the death penalty
  • The importance of Sola Scriptura asserts itself on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The Briefing 10-06-17

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  • Partisanship comes to late-night: What the turn in comedy tells us about the culture
  • Dark, anxious, and realistic: Why comedians now want audiences to wince while they laugh
  • Art as a form of moral subversion: Exhibit about gender aims to upend very idea of gender
  • Worldview book recommendation: “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Briefing 10-05-17

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  • After House passes 20-week abortion ban, sanctity of human life could hang by a Senate rule
  • While upholding sanctity of life with his vote, PA congressman undermines it in personal life
  • Political hypocrisy on the sanctity of life is not only immoral and humiliating, it’s deadly

The Briefing 10-04-17

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  • How to speak in the aftermath of a massacre, even in a context of controversy
  • Awkwardness in using the word evil reveals bigger problems
  • When the Archbishop of Canterbury won’t answer the question, he actually has answered the question

The Briefing 10-03-17


  • The moral vocabulary of pure evil in the aftermath of Las Vegas
  • The importance of moral facts, not just moral values, and the reality of evil
  • Why, in times of trouble, the American people expect their president to quote Scripture

The Briefing 10-02-17

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  • The intersection of natural disaster and political leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria
  • The looming humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and the ineffectual nature of the United Nations
  • Achievement and fragility of the nation-state on display as Kurds and Catalans push for independence
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