Napp Nazworth

Christian Post Reporter

Obama Campaign Donor Appointed to Lead Investigation Into IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups

A Justice Department official who has donated to President Barack Obama's election campaigns has been appointed to lead the investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups. Two Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked that she be removed. The Justice Department responded that it cannot take political affiliation into account in hiring decisions.

Obama Sent Troops to Afghanistan Believing the Mission Would Fail, Former Defense Sec. Says

President Barack Obama's former secretary of defense, Robert Gates, accused the president of sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan while believing the plan would fail. This was just one of many startling revelations, including comments about Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden that could have consequences for the 2016 presidential race, in Gates' memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, due out next week.

Analysis: Conservatives Missing Opportunity to Defend Religious Freedom in Utah Polygamy Case

In reaction to Friday's ruling by a federal judge that parts of Utah's anti-polygamy law are unconstitutional, most conservatives, social conservatives in particular, have claimed that the ruling confirms the slippery slope arguments they made about the legalization of gay marriage. These conservatives are missing an opportunity, though, to praise the ruling for its defense of religious freedom.

Robert P. George: Both Bush, Obama Have Been Inconsistent in Fight for Religious Freedom Abroad

Both President's George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been inconsistent in their obligations to fulfill the requirements of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, argued in his Leland Award Lecture on Religious Liberty. The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission presented George the award on Friday for his advocacy for religious liberty.

GOP Civil War Reaches Fever Pitch

A battle between conservative groups and the Republican Party, generally viewed as a fight between Tea Party outsiders and "establishment" insiders, intensified Wednesday and Thursday after some testy remarks by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the firing of a key Republican staffer.

Fatherlessness Harms the Brain, Neurobiologists Find

Kids need dads, according to a neurobiological study published this month in the journal Cerebral Cortex. The absence of fathers during childhood may lead to impaired behavioral and social abilities, and brain defects, researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada, found.

Bipartisan Congressional Budget Committee Announces Deal Reached

A bipartisan committee of House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Tuesday on a new budget. The agreement was not the "grand bargain" that many deficit hawks had hoped for, but, if passed, it would provide some stability through 2014 by preventing future "crises," like October's government shutdown.