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Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

posted on June 27, 2016

Reuters’ Lawrence Hurley reports, “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics.” In the court’s 5-to-3 ruling, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority, “We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes.”

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Aziz Ansari: Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family

posted on June 27, 2016

In The New York Times, comedian Aziz Ansari, the child of Muslim immigrants, writes that Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric has caused him to fear for his family’s safety. Ansari writes, “In our culture, when people think ‘Muslim,’ the picture in their heads is not usually of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or the kid who left the boy band One Direction. It’s of a scary terrorist character from ‘Homeland’ or some monster from the news.”

Read at The New York TImes

Northern Ireland Left Reeling After Brexit Vote

posted on June 27, 2016

At Deutsche Welle, Peter Geoghegan writes about the impact Brexit could have on Northern Ireland, a U.K. region that voted to stay in the European Union. The EU was an important mediator of British-Irish tensions in the region, and some Irish politicians have expressed worries over Brexit’s impact on the Northern Ireland peace process. Geoghegan writes, “A referendum on Irish unification is unlikely in the short term. But the future of Northern Ireland is far more uncertain now than it has been for many years.”

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A Born-Again Donald Trump? Believe It, Evangelical Leader Says

posted on June 27, 2016

In The New York Times, Trip Gabriel and Michael Luo report that conservative Christian activist James Dobson suggested that Donald Trump recently accepted Christ and is now a born-again Christian. Dobson made the claim in a June 21 interview with the Rev. Michael Anthony at a meeting between Trump and hundreds of conservative Christian leaders. Though Trump has struggled to discuss his faith, he has gained the support of Christian leaders since becoming the presumptive Republican. Gabriel and Luo write, “In his interview, Dr. Dobson conceded that Mr. Trump did not exactly fit the typical mold of an evangelical.”

Read at The New York Times

Thrilling Christian Conservative Audience, Trump Vows to Lift Ban on Politicking, Appoint Antiabortion Judges

posted on June 22, 2016

The Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein and Julie Zauzmer report that Donald Trump received a standing ovation on Tuesday at his New York meeting with conservative Christian leaders. Trump assured his audience that he would reverse a law that prevents tax-exempt religious organizations from politicking, and he pledged to fill the Supreme Court with anti-abortion judges. Boorstien and Zauzmer write, “At the end of the event, the campaign announced an ‘evangelical executive board,’ which included 21 names: 20 men and one woman, former congresswoman Michele Bachmann.”

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Hillary Clinton, Longtime Christian

posted on June 22, 2016

The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart writes that Donald Trump falsely claimed that the public knows nothing about Hillary Clinton’s faith during a meeting with conservative evangelical leaders yesterday. Beinart writes, “Biographies and magazine profiles have been stressing Clinton’s religiosity for decades. In his 1993 New York Times Magazine profile, ‘Saint Hillary,’ the late journalist Michael Kelly stressed Clinton’s relationship with Reverend Don Jones, the youth pastor in her Methodist church in Park Ridge, Illinois.”

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Muslim Voter Registration Up, Group Says

posted on June 22, 2016

At CNN, Eugene Scott writes, “More than 300,000 Muslims have registered to vote since the 2012 presidential election, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, one of the country’s largest Muslim advocacy organizations.” The council based its estimate on a list of common Muslim names. Scott writes, “In June, the council launched ‘Muslims Vote,’ a non-partisan voter campaign designed to increase Muslim participation in the 2016 election cycle by volunteering, registering to vote and hosting candidate forums among other initiatives.”

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Inside Donald Trump’s Private Meeting With Evangelicals

posted on June 21, 2016

At TIME, Elizabeth Dias reports, “Donald Trump will meet privately Tuesday morning with nearly a thousand social conservative leaders in New York City.” Many of the most influential Christian Right leaders will attend the day-long conference. Dias writes, “Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will moderate a 90-minute main session, where Trump will answer questions in front of the entire gathering. He’ll be introduced at the session by Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., who endorsed Trump in January. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson will also participate.”

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