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TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Inauguration Speech
Originally Posted: 01/21/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks following his swearing in during Monday's Inauguration ceremony. Editor's ...

'God Has Called Them All Home:' President's Remarks at Sandy Hook Interfaith Vigil
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Full transcript and video of the President's remarks at Newtown, Conn., prayer vigil. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Governor.  To all the families, firs ...

Dear Congress, This Holiday Season, Don’t Make the Poor Poorer
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

This week, the Circle of Protection, released an open letter to the president and Congress with a simple message: during the holidays, please “advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them p ...

Jim Wallis Meets With President Obama, Other Officials, to Discuss Fiscal Cliff
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, met with President Barack Obama and other key officials at the White House on Friday to discuss the fiscal cliff, and urge a fair budget deal that does not harm the ...

Urge Obama, Boehner to Find Common Ground on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Tell our political leaders to move quickly and seek common ground on immigration reform. The election is finally over, and both parties understand the key role Latino vote ...

The Fiscal Cliff: Mommas Said Knock You Out
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Under sequestration, the U.S. foreign aid that has made such a tremendous difference in Ethiopia and in the lives of countless millions of desperately poor Africans (and others) is in grave jeopardy. ...

Obama at the U.N.: A New Religion Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Tuesday gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion. WASHINGTON — ...

Respecting the Indigenous Hosts of This Land
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

In December, I will be hosting a public reading of the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. I am doing so because page 45 of this 67 page document contains ...

Billboard Compares Obama To Aurora Shooter
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

A billboard has been erected picturing shooter James Holmes beside President Barack Obama, paralleling the shooting to the war in Afghanistan. While the country continues to be o ...

What Do the President's Tax Proposals Mean for Us?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Writing for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson takes a look at what the President's tax plan actually does. Writing for The Atlantic , Derek Thompson takes a look at wha ...

Praying for a Student Jubilee
Originally Posted: 06/22/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

On July 1, the federal interest rate for student loans is scheduled to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent unless Congress intervenes. Yesterday, as Congress battled over the f ...

QUIRK: President Obama sings "Call Me Maybe"
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

In this clever mashup, the POTUS gives a new take on Carly Rae Jespen's radio hit "Call Me Maybe." While it may not be as endearing as his rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Toge ...

Black Preachers Divided on Same-Sex Marriage, Not Obama
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — The 200 or so African-American pastors gathered here for the Conference of National Black Churches feel strongly about the topic of gay marriage, some for, many against. But there's one thing ...

DRONE WATCH: Death From Above
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:46am | Type: Blog

With White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan’s recent public acknowledgment of their use and revelations of President Obama’s direct involvement in deciding which targets are struck, the world medi ...

Bono to the G8: Transparency, 'We Won't Have Food Security Without It'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

"Crops need sunlight. So does resource extraction. Both need sunlight’s disinfecting glare," Bono told the G8 symposium on food security and agriculture. "Isn’t transparency the vaccine to preve ...

Watch: Live Feed of President Obama and World Leaders at G8 Global Food Security Symposium
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit, will begin at 8 a.m. The Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food S ...

Sojourners' Statement on President Obama's Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage. Within the Christian community and the nation at large, there are a diversity of opinions regarding human sexuality. While often ...

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's ABC News Interview on Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

"At a certain point, I've just concluded that — for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that — I think same-sex couples should be able to get married. Now — I have to tell yo ...

The Challenge
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Glenn Kessler, writer of the Washington Post Factchecker column, issues a challenge to President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Glenn Kessler, writer of the Washington Post Factcheck ...

Joe Scarborough on President Obama's Afghanistan Speech: "The Neocons Won"
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

From  Joe Scarborough's  Politico  blog last night: The takeaway of President Obama's speech tonight is simple. The neocons won, the troops lost and the endless war grinds on in a land that humbled the Soviet Union, the British Empir ...

VIDEO: Obama's Surprise Visit to Afghanistan Tuesday
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 8:19pm | Type: Blog

Watch videos of President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan today and read the transcript of his address to the American people tonight inside the blog. Below are several ...

Obama's Proclamation for Today's National Day of Prayer
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 7:40pm | Type: Blog

Prayer has always been a part of the American story, and today countless Americans rely on prayer for comfort, direction, and strength, praying not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country ...

One Year Later: Bin Laden and the Cycle of Violence
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 7:57pm | Type: Blog

And after a year of reflection on the death of Osama bin Laden, a nation is looking for alternative options to violence, death and years of war. A year ago today, I read a Tweet ...

Breaking: President Obama in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama landed in Afghanistan this afternoon on an unannounced trip. He will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and sign a strategic partnership agreement pledging U.S. support for Afghanis ...

Badump-CHA! Five Memorable Moments from the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Movers, shakers and policy makers convened over the weekend for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner (aka Nerd Prom) at the Hilton in Washington, D.C. Late-night personality Jimmy Kimmel hosted the gal ...

Quran Burning: It Takes a Fool to Start a Fire
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, the (seemingly) perennial fire-starter and certifiable wingnut Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., a 50-member self-proclaimed Christian congragation, ...

President Obama on Passover, Easter: 'Common Thread of Humanity'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

"These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of huma ...

Obama Nominates Physician, Global Health Expert to Head World Bank
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

In a move that surprised many in the world of economics and politics, on Friday morning President Obama nominated Jim Yong Kim, the South Korea-born physician, anthropologist and president of Dartmouth College ...

Obama: 'If I Had a Son, He'd Look Like Trayvon'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama spoke out about the Trayvon Martin shooting Friday morning at a press briefing nominating Dr. Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank. President Barack Obama ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 19, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/20/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Take a listen to this cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” performed on a Chinese instrument from the zither family, known as a Guzheng . [ The Awesomer ] Fifth Ward Jam is a housing redevelopment project that combines ...

Bishop Hopes to Restart White House Contraception Talks
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:20pm | Type: Blog

The Catholic bishop leading the push against the White House's contraception mandate says the bishops hope to restart contentious talks with the Obama administration, but cautioned that church leaders &qu ...

Bishops Face Internal Challenges in Contraception Battle
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in the contraception battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. ...

White House Insists Contraception Talks are on Track
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 8:05pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration is rejecting charges by the nation's top Catholic bishop that talks to modify a controversial birth control mandate are "going nowhere" because of alleged White House in ...

President Obama's AIPAC Speech and Reaction
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

In a speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, President Obama urged Israeli leaders to refrain from "loose talk of war" relate ...

Senate Rejects Conscience Clause Change to Contraception Rule
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

The Senate on Thursday defeated a Republican-led bid to insert a broad religious exemption into a federal mandate that requires most employers and health insurance companies to provide free contraception cover ...

Franklin Graham Apologizes for Questioning Obama's Christian Faith
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 6:44am | Type: Blog

Evangelist Franklin Graham has apologized to President Obama for questioning his Christian faith and said religion has "nothing to do" with Graham's decision not to support Obama's re-elect ...

Farrakhan Waxes Anti-Semitic (Again) at NOI's "Saviors' Day" Celebration
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 8:25am | Type: Blog

Speaking to thousands of supporters during the 82nd annual Saviors' Day celebration in Chicago, Farrakhan accused "Zionists" of trying to push America into war with Iran and dubbed Al-Jazeera, t ...

Experts Challenge Santorum’s Remarks Linking College to Faith Loss
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 7:55am | Type: Blog

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's claim that U.S. colleges drive young Christians out of church is facing scrutiny from Protestant and Catholic experts. Republi ...

Conversation on Prayer with President Obama
Originally Posted: 02/23/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: SojoMail

February 23, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "The ashes are an i ...

Conversation on Prayer with President Obama
Originally Posted: 02/23/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

As we shook hands and shared this brief conversation, I was reminded that despite President Obama being arguably “the most powerful man in the world” – beneath it all was simply another broken and fallen man w ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: The Surprising Faith Of 8 American Presidents (OPINION) Presidential religious lives are, for the most part, rather unremarkable--just like the majority of Americans they represent. Learn more HERE THE ASSOCIATED PR ...

Nonprofits Oppose Obama's Charitable Deduction Changes
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

For the fourth year in a row, President Obama is proposing lower tax deductions for the wealthy on donations to churches and other nonprofit organizations. And for the fourth year in a row, nonprofit groups sa ...

Catholic Bishop on Contraception Mandate: Not Kosher.
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — Exhibit A in the fight over President Obama's mandate for religious institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraception: a ham sandwich. At a hearing Thursday convened by House Repu ...

News Analysis: Bishops’ Contraception Objections Fail the Church's Own Moral Reasoning
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

The "compromise," said New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, "asks the parties involved to compromise their reasoning faculties and play a game of 'let's pretend' instead." ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 14, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Four Ways To Slice Obama’s 2013 Budget Proposal (INFOGRAPHIC) Explore every nook and cranny of President Obama's federal budget proposal. Learn more HERE THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK): Britain Being Overtaken By  ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST: Obama Budget: National Debt Will Be $1 Trillion Higher In A Decade Than First Forecast President Obama on Monday unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan that seeks to pump billions of dollars into the economy while raising taxe ...

What They're Saying About the Contraception Compromise
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Friday said that all insurers — not all religious institutions — will be required to offer free contraceptive services to women. Here's what people are saying about it: ...

Fact Check Fail: That Obama Prayer Meme
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

The people behind a popular chain e-mail about President Obama and the National Day of Prayer might want to think about the sin of omission. That's omission, as in omitting facts. ...

Sojourners' Statement on Obama Administration's Contraception Policy Change
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

The Obama Administration announced earlier today a change to its policy regarding conscience exemptions and contraception coverage for faith based organizations. The Obama Adminis ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

President Obama helps an eighth-grader shoot a "Marshmallow Air Cannon" at the White House Science Fair. Watch art come to life with a little fire. Banksy art spotted on the streets of New Orleans. J ...