Wednesday

The Briefing 06-07-17

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  • Girls need a big dose of dad: Research links detached fathers and risk-taking daughters
  • Counterintuitive or common sense? Research shows access to contraceptives increases teen pregnancies
  • Who rates Hollywood's movies, and what is their criteria? Behind the scenes of the movie rating system
  • Science, "intelligence genes," and the quest to understand humanity in merely naturalistic terms
Tuesday

The Briefing 06-06-17

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  • Coming to grips with "Islamist" threat to Western liberalism in aftermath of London terror attacks
  • Where are Europe's armies? The dangers inherent to the decline of military power in Europe
  • Former KY Gov. Beshear wants to be seen on "right" side of gay marriage, but history isn't cooperating
  • Miracle at Midway: 75 years ago, America routed the Japanese navy, turning the tide in the Pacific War
Monday

The Briefing 06-05-17

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  • ISIS claims terror attack in London as British intelligence reveals UK home to 23,000 jihadists
  • Comedy and morality: When transgressive humor outpaces even the far left
  • Does "mindset" affect poverty? The complicated, reciprocal relationship between worldview & economics
  • Foreign policy realism and the legacy of Pres. Carter's National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski
Friday

The Briefing 06-02-17

  • Dominion, stewardship, and the Paris Climate Agreement: Thinking biblically about climate change
  • Worldview Book Recommendation: "Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky" by Paul Johnson
Thursday

The Briefing 06-01-17

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  • New Illinois policies mandate foster parents and staff be "LGBTQ-affirming," "facilitate" exploration
  • Is "Drag Queen Story Hour" coming to a public library near you?
  • Our changing moral landscape: When gambling is within driving distance of virtually every American
  • Christ-haunted culture: "Redemption," "salvation," and "a fallen world" in the pages of the NYTimes
Wednesday

The Briefing 05-31-17

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  • Fulfilling campaign promise, Trump admin drafts policy reversing Obamacare's contraceptive mandate
  • Spiritual but not religious? The importance of theology in Atlanta school district's yoga controversy
  • A worldview far, far away: Myth, religion, and the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars
Tuesday

The Briefing 05-30-17

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  • NPR asks Richard Dawkins: Why do more religious people give their lives for human good than atheists?
  • Study shows fathers and mothers parent boys and girls differently. But secularists want this to change.
  • Why is the left unhappy with Trump's proposal for paid family leave? It isn't "free" for employers.
Friday

The Briefing 05-26-17

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  • New research shows "existential distress," not pain, main reason why people choose assisted suicide
  • Should religious organizations have to give up convictions to help foster children? TX bill says no.
  • How John F. Kennedy, born 100 years ago on Monday, became an iconic figure
  • Friday Book Recommendation: "Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World"
Thursday

The Briefing 05-25-17

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  • The failure of integration and global jihad: Why are so many British youths being radicalized?
  • What should Christians think of espionage? Wrestling with the moral dimensions of spying
Wednesday

The Briefing 05-24-17

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  • Manchester bombing and the nature of terrorism: How terror assaults a society's stability and security
  • Why Christians must uphold together the biblical teaching of chastity and the sanctity of human life
  • Confirming a lie: An entire moral revolution in the new term "gender conformation surgery"
Tuesday

The Briefing 05-23-17

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  • Why have college commencements become so contentious? The real ambition behind the coercion
  • Hunger, poverty, and politics: The tragic political realities behind a starving Venezuela
  • The last performance of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the end of an American era
Monday

The Briefing 05-22-17

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  • Breaking with predecessor, Trump confronts "crisis of Islamic extremism" in address in Saudi Arabia
  • Why didn't US presidents set foot on foreign soil before 1906? History of the presidential trip abroad
  • A moderate Iran? How a watching world interprets the reelection of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
  • Emperor or "god"? The theology behind Japanese Emperor Akihito's pending abdication of the throne
Friday

The Briefing 05-19-17

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  • Political game changer? DOJ appoints former FBI Dir. Robert Mueller as special counsel in Russia probe
  • Roger Ailes, Fox News founder who toppled the liberal media monopoly, dies at 77
  • Lay off the avocado toast: Why is financial prudence a controversial message these days?
  • Friday Book Recommendation: "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World" by Peter Frankopan
Thursday

The Briefing 05-18-17

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  • What we know, what we don't know, and why both matter: Crisis of credibility at the White House
  • Is refusing to print gay pride t-shirts discrimination? KY appeals court says no; but will it stand?
  • How many Americans believe the Bible is the literal word of God? Parsing data from a new Gallup poll
  • No man will do: Why secular economists are alarmed at the recent decline in marriages