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
Wednesday

The Briefing 01-20-16

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  • US-Iranian hostage swap prime example of moral dilemmas often faced in a fallen world
  • Hawking makes end-of-world predictions, illustrates hopelessness of secular naturalism
  • Custody battles over frozen embryos underscore personhood of unborn from conception
  • Rising trend to abort babies with Down's Syndrome an affront to the image of God
  • New government guidelines for Canadian schools reveal the reaches of the LGBT revolution
Monday

The Briefing 01-18-16

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  • US hostage exchange with Iran elicits both thankfulness and moral indignation
  • Anglican Church's 3-year time limit for ECUSA sanctions more likely a ticking time bomb
  • Moral "arousal" vs. "outrage" difference between inactive provocation and active conviction
  • New study assumes children innately good, not sinful, concludes lying cause for celebration
Thursday

The Briefing 11-12-15

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  • Mexico Supreme Court strikes down marijuana laws on basis of individualism
  • Marijuana start-up companies aim to profit off of expansion of weed market
  • Russian athlete doping scandal reminder sin prevents humans from ever policing self
  • Helmut Schmidt, significant leader of 20th century, dead after seeing rise and fall of Nazism and Soviet Union
  • Diplomatic impasse over wine at dinner between France and Iran exposes inescapable nature of theology