North Korea on Monday allowed The Associated Press and CNN to speak to three detained Americans, including Christians Kenneth Bae and Jeffery Fowle. All three said there's hope only if a high-ranking U.S. representative visits for negotiations. Bae complained of deteriorating health.
"The only hope that I have is to have someone from the U.S. comes," Bae was quoted as saying in the interview that was conducted in the presence of regime officials. "But so far, the latest I've heard is that there has been no response yet. So I believe that officials here are waiting for that."
Fowle, 56, and the other prisoner, Mathew Miller, who is 24 years old, said their trial is expected within a month. Both were arrested in April. more >>
New Hampshire's Supreme Court upheld the state's tax credit program that allows for funds to go to religious schools.
In an opinion delivered last week, the court unanimously overturned a lower court ruling regarding the tax credit.
The court concluded that the plaintiffs lacked standing on the tax credit, having failed to sufficiently argue that the credit caused them undue injury or harm. more >>
WASHINGTON — While Hobby Lobby won its lawsuit against the Obama administration's birth control mandate, it was a battle already won by liberals and the only issue in the court case was how thorough the Right's political defeat would be, Philip Muñoz, Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life at University of Notre Dame, argued Sunday during a roundtable at the American Political Science Association's Annual Meeting.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby represented "an overwhelming victory for the political Left," Muñoz said.
Other participants of the roundtable, "Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby: The Morning After Pill, Corporate Convictions, and the Future of Religious Liberty," which was sponsored by Christians in Political Science, included Alliance Defense Fund's Gregory S. Baylor, Americans United for Separation of Church and State's Greg Lipper, and American Jewish Committee's Richard T. Foltin. more >>
South African President Jacob Zuma has speculated on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, calling on God to come down for a few years and "cleanse" people from their sins even before He fully returns.
"But this time not to fetch us, but just to come and cleanse us of our sins, because we have caused more damage than before," Zuma said during a meeting with ambassadors and commissioners in Pretoria on Sunday, SAPA reported.
"He must just come for a few years to help us so that we are ready for when he finally comes." more >>
After months of enjoying the pleasures of summer, for many one holiday marks the end of that time of leisure and the beginning of a new season of obligation.
Across the United States of America, each year the first Monday of September marks the observance of Labor Day.
A date known for its picnics, parades, block parties, and the dreadful reminder that the school year is about to begin, Labor Day has a history going back to the nineteenth century. more >>
Ever since Ben Carson famously criticized President Barack Obama's health care policies during a speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, many conservatives have rallied behind the retired neurosurgeon's conservative, anti-big government rhetorics and urged him to run for president in 2016. But despite passionate support among his fans, how will he overcome the fact that he has no political experience?
Carson has not officially announced his candidacy and plans to wait and see how November's midterm Congressional elections pan out, but he has already won a straw poll in Iowa and his book sales have beaten that of Hillary Clinton. Carson won the Polk County Iowa Republicans dinner straw poll, gaining an astonishing 62 percent of the vote Sunday night, and his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America's Future, is expected to remain No. 1 on next week's New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list, a spot the book has claimed since June. By comparison, the candidate that is the favorite to many liberals, Hillary Clinton, her book, Hard Choices, is No. 6 on that list.
Although winning a small poll of just 261 people at a dinner and having a best-selling book don't quite mean much in the realm of total support for a presidential election, it should be noted that The National Draft Ben Carson Committee has raised over $8.7 million, according to the Washington Post. By comparison, Clinton's super PAC, Ready For Hillary, has raised $8.25 million. more >>