Hillary Clinton announced her entry into the 2016 presidential race with a video posted to social media outlets on Sunday; the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state is the first Democrat to enter the race.
In a video titled "Getting Started," various people of all ages, ethnicities, families, and sexual orientations give a brief description of how their lives are about to change: marriage, birth, moving, school, life after graduation, and retirement.
"I'm getting ready to do something, too," Clinton says in a voice-over as she is seen meeting with different people. "I'm running for president," she then says in a shot of her standing alone. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are expected to have a face-to-face discussion on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama Saturday, in an effort to restore diplomatic ties and set aside the two countries' Cold War enmity.
"As we move towards the process of normalization, we'll have our differences government to government with Cuba on many issues. Just as we differ at times with other nations within the Americas, just as we differ with our closest allies," Obama said Friday, according to Reuters.
"The days in which our agenda in this hemisphere so often presumed that the United States could meddle with impunity, those days are past," Obama added. more >>
When Evangelicals are exposed to arguments defending their own free speech and religious freedom, they become more accepting of extending similar rights to their political foes, a new study found.
"Rights, Reflection, and Reciprocity: How Rights Talk Affects the Political Process," by political scientists Paul Djupe, Denison University; Andrew Lewis, University of Cincinnati; and Ted Jelen, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, will be presented this month at the Midwest Political Science Association's annual meeting in Chicago.
The researchers sought to understand if the recent culture war battles between sexual freedom and religious freedom (see, for example, here, here and here) would lead to greater or lesser division and intolerance among the combatants. (This paper focuses on the conservative side but they suggest they will also be studying the liberal side.) more >>
To no one's surprise, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) announced his intention to run for re-election. After a distinguished military career and 5 ½ years as a POW in Vietnam, McCain retired from the military and entered politics. McCain was initially elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, followed by his first Senate election in 1986. Since his initial election to the Senate, McCain has won re-election four times.
For John McCain, 34 years in Congress will not be enough, so he wants another six years as U.S. Senator. In fact, he told one reporter that his Senate career was "just getting started." If elected again, McCain will be 86 at the end of his next term.
It is clear that the voters of Arizona need to put this "maverick" Republican out to pasture. more >>
Businesses should not discriminate, liberals proclaimed loudly in explaining their opposition to religious freedom laws. Three recent actions supported by liberals demonstrate that is not true.
1. Bakeries Should Be Able to Refuse Bible Verses
Christian activist Bill Jack was denied service when he went to Azucar Bakery in Denver and asked for two cakes in the shape of open Bibles. He asked for the words, "God hates sin — Psalm 45:7," "Homosexuality is a detestable sin — Leviticus 18:22," "God loves sinners," and "While we were yet sinners Christ died for us — Romans 5:8," on each of the "pages" of the Bible cakes. more >>
President Barack Obama symbolically demonstrated support for certain transgender political goals this week by announcing his support for bans on conversion therapy for youth and the addition of a gender neutral bathroom in the White House.
In response to a petition posted on a White House website, the Obama administration expressed its support for Sexual Orientation Change Efforts Therapy.
Valerie Jarrett, a senior presidential adviser, wrote in the official response to the petition that President Obama supported such a ban. more >>