This year's list of the 100 Most Influential People from Time Magazine is made up of the usual personalities and some surprises, too. The magazine released its 13th annual list on Thursday with six different covers showcasing seven of the honorees, including Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, recording artist Nicki Minaj, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan, International Monetary Fund's Christine LaGarde, and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Just like the previous lists from Time, this year is graced by all sorts of personalities in different industries, but the common denominator is the fact that they come with the greatest influence to society, be it positive or negative. A mainstay in the list are political and religious leaders, music and film artists, and leaders of the business sector.
However, it is quite interesting to see that many of those who made it to the list this year come from the entertainment industry, including a few surprises like Aziz Ansari, Felix Kjellberg (aka PewDiePie), and Gina Rodriguez, the star of Jane the Virgin. And of course, this list wouldn't be complete without Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner), the most prominent face of a transgender hoping to get the respect in America. more >>
Roman Catholics within the Republican Party apparently are unconcerned about Donald Trump's recent spat with Pope Francis.
According to a recently released poll from Reuters/Ipsos, since February the Republican frontrunner's favorability among Catholics within the GOP has increased.
"Trump has averaged support among 47.9 percent of Catholic Republicans in the 50 days since the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made the comment on Feb. 18, up from 39.8 percent in the 50 days that preceded it," reported Reuters. more >>
Tennessee's legislature failed to override a veto on a bill that if enacted would have made the Holy Bible the state's official book.
After considerable debate the veto override failed by seven votes, falling short of the necessary number of 50 House members.
"Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former Baptist minister who was the main House sponsor of the measure, urged colleagues to follow what he called the 'will of the people' in rejecting the veto," reported the Associated Press. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Ted Cruz recently denounced the comments of Ohio Governor John Kasich made regarding the need for religious liberty protection laws.
In an interview with the Conservative Review before the New York Primary, Sen. Cruz took issue with his Republican opponent's claim that religious liberty laws were unnecessary.
Pro-life Republicans in Congress detailed a plan to prevent President Barack Obama from appointing a pro-choice judicial appointment during the recess period.
In March, President Obama announced the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court, a move meant to fill the vacated seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Obama has the authority to appoint Garland while the Senate is in recess. Such an appointment would last until the Senate confirmed a new appointee. more >>
A Missouri congregation denied funds from a secular aid program centered on improving playgrounds is taking its case before the United States Supreme Court.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia is suing the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for not allowing them to be able to take part in an aid program meant to improve the safety of playgrounds.
The conservative legal group the Alliance Defending Freedom filed its opening brief before the highest court in the land last week on behalf of Trinity Lutheran. more >>