Olympic gold-medal gymnast and "Dancing With the Stars" champion Shawn Johnson talks about growing in her Christian faith and learning to trust in God in her memoir, Winning Balance: What I've Learned So Far About Love, Faith and Living Your Dreams.
In her story of trial and triumph, Johnson reflects on the lessons she's learned at key moments in her life as she shares prayers or verses that have helped her.
One lesson that Johnson learned during the 2008 Beijing Olympics was finding her self-worth outside of the color of her ribbon. When she learned that Olympic teammate Nastia Liukin beat her by six tenths of a point, winning the gold in the women's all-around, Johnson said she felt "confused, happy and upset." But upon reflection, Johnson found that losing the all-around helped her learn that her worth came from God, not a medal. more >>
Sen. John McCain is among the Republicans who are supporting Mitt Romney's planned visit to Israel amid Democrats' call for the presidential candidate to stay closer to home in the face of a high unemployment rate in the United States.
"I really think it is important that Romney go to Israel, particularly, since these are the most very dangerous times," McCain said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.
"The talks with Iran predictably have failed, and we are facing what could be a serious crisis between Israel and Iran, so I strongly support that," the Arizona senator explained. more >>
President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney will be with their respective families on the Fourth of July. But given the unmatched patriotic spirit the holiday brings with it, the two will also seek to connect with voters by participating in Independence Day events.
Obama, who spent the weekend at Camp David, Md., plans to host a naturalization ceremony for active-duty troops in the White House's East Room, followed by a picnic with military families as well as his administration staff and their families on the South Lawn, on Wednesday. And Romney, who is out on a family reunion at his New Hampshire vacation home, will take part in a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Obama will speak at the naturalization ceremony, and will give the Outstanding American by Choice award, a recognition from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for "naturalized citizens who have made significant contributions to both their community and their adopted country." more >>
President Obama's election campaign is defending claims that rival Mitt Romney "outsourced" jobs as head of Bain Capital. The campaign has written a letter to Factcheck.org, which accused the campaign of making false statements about Romney's record.
The Obama campaign has been running ads in several important swing states accusing Romney of laying off workers in the United States and replacing them with workers in other countries. The ads also call Romney an "outsourcer" and "corporate raider."
"But," Robert Farley and Eugene Kiely wrote Friday for Factcheck.org, "some of the claims in the ads are untrue, and others are thinly supported." more >>
Queen Elizabeth and former Irish Republican Army commander, Martin McGuinness, have made history by shaking hands in peace. It was a long-awaited encounter symbolizing Northern Ireland's progress in achieving reconciliation after decades of violence. The Queen and McGuinness met privately in a Belfast Theatre during an arts event. McGuinness was the IRA's chief of staff when the outlawed group assassinated the queen's cousin, Lord Mountbatten, in 1979, one of the most high-profile victims of a four-decade conflict that claimed 3,700 lives. The IRA formally abandoned its campaign to force Northern Ireland out of the UK and disarmed in 2005. McGuinness' Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein, had refused all contact with British royals until the Queen came to Belfast yesterday as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
MEANWHILE….In a separate confrontation Tuesday night, one Catholic man was hospitalized after rival Protestant and Catholic groups clashed on the hilltop overlooking Catholic west Belfast. The Protestants were trying to vandalize a massive political display erected by the Catholics featuring an Irish flag and a slogan rejecting the queen.
Gunmen raided the headquarters of a Syrian TV station, killing seven employees, kidnapping others and demolishing buildings. The government blamed terrorists and described the killings as a "massacre." An eyewitness talks about the raid….. more >>