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State of the Union 2018

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Can Speaker Pelosi Really Cancel the State of the Union Address?

Bruce Hausknecht

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made political waves this week in Washington, D.C. after sending a letter to President Trump asking him to either postpone the January 29 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, or simply send a written message instead. Her reasoning? The current partial shutdown of the federal government may hinder security preparations for the event.

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Supreme Court building

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Time to Think About the Next Supreme Court Justice?

Bruce Hausknecht

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent this week from oral arguments at the Supreme Court as she recovers from cancer surgery, prompting a wave of speculation about her future at the Court, as well as the Court’s future without her. 

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United States Capitol Building

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Beating Swords into Plowshares: 116th Congress Starts With Bipartisan Prayer Service

Bruce Hausknecht

The 435 recently elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives began what is predicted to be a contentious two years of partisan wrangling with a hopeful, bipartisan prayer service.

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We the people

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New State Laws in 2019

Bruce Hausknecht

Although Congress draws most of the nation’s attention when it passes laws affecting issues such as life, abortion, and religious freedom, the new year also brings with it a raft of state laws that took effect January 1. 

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President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Federal Judge Declares Obamacare Unconstitutional – What You Need to Know

Bruce Hausknecht

Yes, it’s true: A federal judge has declared Obamacare unconstitutional. The eight-year old law, affecting one-sixth of the nation’s economy, was seemingly here to stay, despite soaring premiums, people losing their favorite doctors and health plans, failures of state exchanges, and the specter of big government deciding what health care we can receive.

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Thomas Perez

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DNC Chairman Frets About Voters Listening to Their Pastors

Bruce Hausknecht

Tom Perez is the current Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and his job is to help Democrats get elected around the country. He spoke last week at a conference of like-minded progressives about the problem his party was having with being able to “penetrate” the American electorate. Translation: He’s confused about why more people aren’t voting for Democratic candidates, especially in the traditionally Democratic Midwestern states that President Trump won in 2016.

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Dane Best

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A 9-Year-Old Fights for the Right to Throw Snowballs

Brittany Raymer

Dane Best learned it's never too early to get into politics. Recently he learned an important civics lesson while fighting for the right to throw snowballs.

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President George H.W. Bush

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The Humility and Integrity of George HW Bush

Tim Goeglein

I had been working as the deputy director of The White House Office of Public Liaison for President George W. Bush in 2001 for less than a year when I found myself late for a 10 a.m. meeting.  I had just concluded a teleconference and was departing my office for the meeting just a few doors away in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

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The funeral of President George H.W. Bush

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Eulogies for President George H.W. Bush

Bruce Hausknecht

It was a ceremony befitting the occasion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday as the nation’s 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush, was eulogized at his funeral service before being flown back to Texas for his burial. Every living former president was there. Stirring music and a powerful sermon from the Bush family pastor, Rev. Russell Levenson Jr., punctuated the pomp and ceremony of the occasion.

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Senator Jeff Flake

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Senate Judiciary Committee Cancels Hearings Amid Flake/Mueller Controversy

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, canceled a Thursday meeting of the committee at which six Circuit Court of Appeals nominees and 15 district judge nominees were scheduled for a vote by the 21-member body, before going to the Senate for a full confirmation vote.

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Senator Jeff Flake

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Republican Senator Threatens to Hold Up His Own Party’s Judicial Nominees

Bruce Hausknecht

Senator Jeff Flake (R – AZ) is retiring from the Senate this January, but not before attempting to block the confirmation of his own party’s judicial nominees in the remaining lame duck session. Why? 

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More Marijuana: Bad News for Babies

Jeff Johnston

Much of the media attention in the election was on the struggle for control of the U.S. Senate and House, but Focus on the Family was also watching other ballot measures because of their effects on children and families. 

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Marijuana leaf

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Marijuana on the Ballot – 2018

Bruce Hausknecht

Ballot issues seeking to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use continue this year. As of September 2018, 31 states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana, while 16 states have passed recreational marijuana laws. On November 6, voters in four states will decide on ballot issues legalizing one or the other. 

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The word Pro-life

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Pro-Life Victories in Missouri

Brittany Raymer

The state of Missouri has been active in trying to protect life both at the city and state level. This week, it was announced that certain pro-life organizations, including a home for pregnant women, have won a legal battle and have been exempted from a St. Louis city ordinance that would have required them to incorporate pro-abortion elements into their operations. 

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Raising Healthy Kids in a Sexually Broken World

Jeff Johnston

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the U.S., evidence of the continued broken sexual ethic in our culture. How can parents help prepare and encourage their children to live out healthy biblical sexuality?

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Yes, Counseling Can Help with Unwanted Same Sex Attraction

Jeff Johnston

You’ve probably heard a steady drumbeat of messages in the mainstream media claiming that counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction is harmful.  However, a new report published on the topic found that religious men with unwanted homosexuality – identity, behavior and attractions – were greatly helped by a variety of methods, including support groups and professional therapy.

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Radical Pro-Abortion Event Tours U.S.

Brittany Raymer

You may have heard that a national tour called “Rise Up for Roe” recently made the rounds in several metropolitan areas.   

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Transgender Entertainment and Your Child

Jeff Johnston

YouTube is a powerful information source in the culture. As many as 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube each day. Some of these video messages include the topic of gender confusion and are impacting children and teenagers.

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Courthouse with the year 2018 overlayed

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Cultural Issues in the Courts: February 2018 Update

Bruce Hausknecht

Bite-sized updates designed to keep you well-informed of how your values are being impacted by the courts.

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Courthouse with the year 2018 overlayed

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Cultural Issues in the Courts: January 2018 Update

Bruce Hausknecht

Bite-sized updates designed to keep you well-informed of how your values are being impacted by the courts.

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Courthouse with the year 2017 overlayed

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Cultural Issues in the Courts: October 2017 Update

Bruce Hausknecht

Bite-sized updates designed to keep you well-informed of how your values are being impacted by the courts.

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Courthouse with the year 2017 overlayed

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Cultural Issues in the Courts: September 2017 Update

Bruce Hausknecht

Bite-sized updates designed to keep you well-informed of how your values are being impacted by the courts.

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Cultural Issues in the Courts: July 2017 Update

Bruce Hausknecht

Bite-sized updates designed to keep you well-informed of how your values are being impacted by the courts.

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