Bill Keller didn’t exactly go to ground after authoring a controversial column, published in the New York Times, suggesting that Republican presidential candidates ought to be aggressively probed about their religious beliefs.
With Labor Day approaching, the Obama White House has bad news for the nation’s 14 million jobless workers: The bleak unemployment picture is unlikely to get any better between now and the end of next year.
CitizenLink, a family advocacy organization affiliated with Focus on the Family, is mounting a 30-day fundraising campaign to close a $2.3 million budget gap. If the campaign falls short, CitizenLink Executive Director Tom Minnery warns, in an appeal greeting visitors to the organization’s web page, “our ability to act on your behalf will be severely, and perhaps irreparably hurt.”
It’s official. Tropical Storm Katia has been reclassified as Hurricane Katia, the National Hurricane Center said last night.
A personal friend of the late Martin Luther King Jr. is the latest critic of the new national memorial in his honor. Poet Maya Angelou complained recently that an inscription etched on a 30-foot-tall granite statue of the civil rights leader makes him “look like an arrogant twit.”
Irene has come and gone, but it will take days, weeks and even months for the Eastern seaboard to recover from the devastation the hurricane left in its wake.
The new school year has begun in Indiana with more than 3,200 low- and middle-income families taking advantage of a new state-funded voucher program that allows them to remove their children from failing public schools and enroll them in better-performing private or church-related schools.
The worst flooding Vermont has suffered in 83 years has claimed the lives of three residents of the Green Mountain state. The victims include a woman swept away by the raging Deerfield river in Wilmington, a man who drowned in Mendon when flood waters took him away, and another man found dead in Lake Rescue in Ludlow.
Before Hurricane Irene could do any damage to what was supposed to be a unifying event on Washington, D.C.’s mall, the Rev. Jesse Jackson rained on the planned Martin Luther King Jr. celebration with a vitriolic attack on the growing Tea Party movement.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today that the weakened state of the U.S. economy is attributable, in large part, to the dysfunctional process by which the nation’s lawgivers make fiscal decisions.
Joel and Victoria Osteen, pastors of Houston-based Lakewood Church, have been slapped with a $3 million copyright infringement lawsuit by a little known New York band named The American Dollar.
Warren Buffet may have netted $1.4 billion today on his $5 billion investment in troubled Bank of America. Meanwhile the Charlotte, N.C.- based institution saw its stock price surge 9.44 percent, to $7.65 a share, after falling earlier this week to less than half its value at the beginning of the year.
To circumcise or not to circumcise? That is a question best left to parents of newborn male babies, a California State Senate committee agreed yesterday, as lawmakers unanimously approved a bill that would prevent city and county governments from enacting bans on circumcisions.
Religious beliefs shape key behaviors in ways that evolutionary theory would not predict, particularly when it comes to dealing with disease. The Christian tradition particularly stands out. Historically, no other religion has been as altruistic toward the sick, according to an evolutionary biologist.
The start of the high school football season in much of the southern United States saw the Freedom From Religion Foundation score two separate victories. On Monday, the DeSoto County School District in Hernando, Miss., said that it would enforce a policy prohibiting use of the public address system to broadcast prayers before football games. That followed a similar pronouncement by the Bell County School District in Pineville, Ky.
According to a disquieting new survey, more than three dozen leading economists say the U.S. economy will remain moribund for the next 12 months.
In six years, the Social Security trust fund will be bankrupt, that is the fund that pays benefits to disabled Americans. Applications for federal disability benefits have risen nearly 50 percent over the past decade
It has long been accepted wisdom that less-educated, working-class white Americans are the nation’s most faithful churchgoers. However, a study released Sunday at the American Sociological Association’s annual convention dispels that widely-held perception.