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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 ...

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: 05/23/2013 - 4:24pm | 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 ...