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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 ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Color The 1 Percent 99 Percent Conflicted Soon after the Occupy Wall Street encampment was set up at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan last fall, 26-year-old Ryan Quick told his father, Leslie C. Quick III, a financier, that he might ...

An Alternative To: The Perversion of the Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ by the Sinner Barack H. Obama
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

This past Sunday, Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of the blog Red State wrote a post titled “The Perversion of the Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ by the Sinner Barack H. Obama." First, I hope that Erickso ...

News Analysis: 5 Reasons Why Obama is Losing the Contraception Fight
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 8:04pm | Type: Blog

The White House has surprised observers and disappointed some liberal allies by signaling that it is willing to compromise and provide a broader religious exemption in its controversial regulations requiring a ...

House Panel Approves Keystone XL Pipeline Bill
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation Tuesday that would reverse President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The House Energy and Co ...

Is Iran Really a Threat?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

It seems like every day we hear from another politician saying that “we are ready to attack Iran if necessary," or from another pundit full of hot air telling us why we should invade Iran right now. ...

Power, Prayer and Money
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 7:21am | Type: Blog

Sometimes connections forged at the prayer breakfast have been used or manipulated for less than godly purposes. It’s easy for politics to intrude. It’s been several years since I ...

Obama Says Faith Mandates Him to Care for The Poor
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

President Obama connected his faith with his policies toward the poor at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday (2/2/12), a subtle but sharp contrast to remarks made by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney the ...

The Postmillennial President
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

At this morning's National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made clear just how pure a postmillennialist Midwestern mainline Protestant he is. He spoke of how we as individuals acting in community " ...

The People's Prayer Breakfast: “I woke up this morning with my mind set on justice...”
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

The breakfast easily could have descended into mud-slinging against those meeting at the National Prayer Breakfast nearby. Thankfully the discourse rose above such divisive and unhelpful temptations. It was no ...

FULL TEXT: Obama's National Prayer Breakfast Speech
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. 9:10 A.M. EST, February 2, 2012 THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Please, please, everybody have a seat.  Well, good morning, everybody.  It is ...

Homeless Veteran to President Obama: "Why Are We Sending Money to Pakistan?"
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

During the first-ever all-virtual interview conducted by Americans via Google+'s "hangout" group video chat feature, a young, homeless veteran in Boston asked President Obama why the United Stat ...

Manners and Morals
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

Governor Brewer’s demeanor toward the president was inappropriate. However, the deeper question is why would this woman think it is appropriate to put her finger in anyone’s face, president or not? ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 25, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Obama Speech: State Of The Union Address Carries Emphatic Populist Challenge Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama delivered a populist challenge Tuesday night to shrink the gap between rich and poor ...

2012 State of the Union Address: The Complete Text
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we ho ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

At 9pm ET, President Barack Obama will address a joint session on Congress to give them information on the State of the Union. THE WASHINGTON POST: Obama To Take On Economic Anxiety In Election-Year State Of The Union, Amid GOP Attacks ...

Why Every American Benefits from Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Ninety-two percent of Federal SNAP spending goes directly to benefits, error rates continue to decline, and it has kept millions out of poverty during the downturn. This is good news for us all, not just the d ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Jan. 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

President Obama wishes Betty Wh ite a happy 90 th birthday – and asks to see her long-form birth certificate. See video below. [ Mediate ] ...

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline, Faith Leaders Respond
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Late Wedesday (1/18), leaders from Christian and other faith communities welcomed the news that the Obama administration has rejected the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. ...

HUZZAH!: Why Rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline is Good News
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 6:29pm | Type: Blog

Politico is reporting that Obama is planning to reject the Keystone XL pipeline this afternoon. Here’s a quick roundup of some reasons why we think that’s awesome: Politico is ...

Keystone XL Pipeline: Debunking Some Myths
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

The building of a 1,700-mile pipeline through the heartland of the United States has been at the center of the debate on the economy for many months now. Much has been written by those who both support and opp ...

Assessing the Afghanistan War
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 9:01pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few days, news sources have reported on a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan delivered to the White House in December. NIEs represent the consensus view of the CIA and 15 oth ...

Romney and Huntsman Tie in First New Hampshire Votes
Originally Posted: 01/10/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tied former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman with two votes each, while Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich both received a single vote. President Obama also won his first vot ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 Huffington Post: An Interview with United States 39 th President Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter is the 39th president of the United ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/20/2011 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

NPR: New Law Aims To Shine Light on Conflict Metals Delly Mawazo Sesete wants American consumers to know what is in their smart phones, computers and other electronics and where U.S. companies like Apple are getting those rare metals. Learn more ...

Righteous Indignation: Half of America is Poor
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, the television news program 60 Minutes told the story of homeless American families who live in their cars and vans. This is structural violence. This is a sin and a shame. ...

The Friday News: Dec. 16, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

The Friday News: Dec. 16, 2011 AP: Nikki Haley Endorses Mitt Romney For President South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is endorsing Mitt Romney for president. Haley said Friday o ...

The war is over. Lowering the flag.
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

Wars usually end in one of two ways – victory or defeat. The “official end” of the war in Iraq today was neither. ...

The war is over. Welcome home.
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

To loud applause, the president declared: "We’re here to mark a historic moment in the life of our country and our military. For nearly nine years, our nation has been at war in Iraq. … So as your command ...

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 CNN: Obama And The Politics Of Disappointment All politicians disappoint their supporters. It is a relentless truth in D.C. They ...

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 TIME: Person Of The Year - The Protester Once upon a time, when major news events were chronicled strictly by professionals and pr ...

The War is Over. Learn from the Sacrifice.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

It does no dishonor to those who served to learn from the mistake that was made in starting an unnecessary war in Iraq. And, to realize that it is a mistake the U.S. continues to make. ...

Great Expectations: Obama, Bieber and Baby Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

President Obama spent Sunday reflecting on and celebrating the holy Incarnation — at church, at a children's hospital and at a concert with teen superstar Justin Bieber. The Baby Jesus has had stranger be ...

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It? No one seriously disputes the fact that students from disadvantaged househ ...

The Friday News: Dec. 9, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The Friday News: Dec. 9, 2011 RNS: Hanukkah Music: Young, Hip Jews Leading a Makeover A year after a group of Yeshiva University students hit it big with what some called th ...

Perry Defends his "War on Religion" Attack Ad
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Yes, the Obama administration is going to have differences with some of the Catholic bishops. But that doesn’t mean it’s a war. The Governor should know that if he was elected President he would have some big ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 THINK PROGRESS: ‘Morning Joe’ Crew Mocks Perry’s War On Christmas Ad As if the overwhelmingly negative reviews from YouTube users an ...

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: Rowan Williams Says Jesus Would Be Siding With Occupy Movement Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says ...

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 CNN: Obama Channels Roosevelt's 'New Nationalism' More than a century after Teddy Roosevelt's famous "New ...

Keystone XL Update: The Buck No Longer Stops Here
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 6:33pm | Type: Blog

President Obama said he’d make a decision on the Keystone pipeline after the election. The decision to not decide until later was a victory for environmental activists, as the pipeline would be a serious thre ...

The War on Christmas: Hide the Baby Jesus!
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

When the AFA equates wrestling with botanical nomenclature to a “War on Christmas,” it perpetuates the prevailing cultural myth that Christmas is about “stuff.” The opening shot w ...

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: AIDS: From Judgment To Hope (OPINION) World AIDS Day on December 1 was marked with an inspiring flood of artic ...

President Obama Keeps the “Christ” in Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

We expected what we get every year: a broad message about generosity and the season of giving. But what we got was so much more. Last night we watched the First Family light the N ...

A Stunning Victory
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 3:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

Phyllis Bennis U.S. troops will finally withdraw from Iraq -- but what about the contractors? NEAR THE END of ...

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Justice Groups Start Work On 'Common Good' Platform For 2012 Election With the first votes ...

The Morning SoJo: Of Supercommittees and Such
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

Rather than the opinions of individual pundits, here’s a roundup of what the editors of some of the nation’s largest newspapers had to say this week about the failure of the “Supercommittee.” Some blame Republ ...

The Morning News: Monday Nov. 21, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. THE HUFFINGTON POST : Obama At Church: The Tricky, Exciting ...

The Latest News on Occupy Wall Street: Wednesday November 16, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

The latest news about the Occupy Wall Street movement from across the nation and around the world. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: Occupy Wall Street Camps Are Today's Hoovervilles ...

Why I Don't Heed "The Call"
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 7:28am | Type: Blog

Though I treasure my Pentecostal heritage, these days I feel like an outsider looking in, because though it started out as a pacifist movement in the early 20th century, today Pentecostalism (at least in Amer ...

Oh My God! A Response to the GOP Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

“Oh my God” was the refrain that kept going through my mind as I watched the Republican presidential candidates talk about their positions on foreign policy at their debate over the weekend. ...