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The Trump administration said on Wednesday it will make it harder for states to keep residents in the U.S. food stamp program in a move that is projected to end benefits for nearly 700,000 people.

Participants enter the U.N. climate change conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, Dec. 3, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera

The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heatwaves, and encroaching seas in a report launched at a climate summit in Spain.

Rose Marie Berger 11-30-2019

Pope Francis speaks during a news conference onboard the papal plane on his flight back from a trip to Thailand and Japan, Nov. 26, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/Pool

Two years after the Vatican State signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (currently ratified by 34 countries), he declared during an in-flight press briefing from Japan to Rome, “Not only their use, but also possessing them: because an accident or the madness of some government leader, one person’s madness can destroy humanity.”

the Web Editors 11-29-2019

Latino evangelical Trumpers, debating health care, Baby Yoda, and more.

Rishika Pardikar 11-27-2019

Iranian women watch the practice session of Iran's national soccer team from behind the railings in 2006. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

In 1981, three years after Iran’s Islamic Revolution, women were banned from entering soccer stadiums in the country.

On October 10, 2019, after 40 years of protest, women in Iran were finally allowed to buy tickets and attend a soccer match. Iran was playing against Cambodia in Azadi Stadium.

Pope Francis receives a flower after giving a speech at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan Nov. 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool

Pope Francis wrapped up a four-day trip to Japan on Tuesday by turning from the anti-nuclear message that was the backbone of his visit to other key campaigns of his, urging students to defend the earth and show greater compassion.

Aaron E. Sanchez 11-26-2019

Ramiro Peña. Credit: YouTube 

The 2020 Latinos for Trump organization prominently features three Latino evangelical pastors with long ties to Trump.

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Some 120 prisoners are currently on death row and two were executed this year. Fifteen were executed in 2018, the highest number for a decade, including 13 former members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, who had been convicted of carrying out sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway.

A yard sign in support of "No Más Muertes/No More Deaths" is displayed in Tucson, Ariz., May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Caitlin O'Hara/File Photo

An Arizona jury on Wednesday found a human rights activist not guilty of harboring two migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, after the U.S. government prosecuted him for giving them food, water, and shelter in the desert.

Kimberly Winston 11-20-2019

Image via 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' trailer 

The film also gets right Rogers’ deep belief in God and Junod’s persistent doubt. Junod was raised a Catholic but fell away from the church. For a while he attended a Presbyterian church, but now does not. He is still interested in the spiritual, he says, and a lot of that stems from his relationship with Rogers. This summer, as publicity for the movie was heating up, Junod recovered 70 emails he exchanged with Rogers from an old laptop, many of them about theology.

the Web Editors 11-15-2019

DACA arguments, the right’s “Judeo-Christian” fixation, being edited by Obama, and more.

Fran Quigley 11-15-2019

Rev. David W. Greene, Sr. speaking at a Medicaid demonstration on July 1, 2019. Photo Credit: Fran Quigley 

Indiana's governor changes course after pressure from local coalition. 

Protesters gather at the Supreme Court demanding DACA protections Nov. 11, 2019. Photo by Candace Sanders / Sojourners

“Because of that program, I was able to buy a home, get a job and pursue a career,” Leezia Dhalla, who came to the U.S. with her family in 1996, at the age of six, said in an interview. Dhalla, who was among thousands of DACA supporters rallying outside the Supreme Court, said her family became undocumented because a lawyer mishandled their paperwork.

Candace Sanders 11-12-2019

Image via Candace Sanders/Sojourners 

The DACA oral arguments drew thousands of protesters, DACA recipients, faith leaders, and organizers to the steps of the Supreme Court.

Wolf Gruner 11-08-2019

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Every November, communities around the world hold remembrances on the anniversary of the Nazis’ brutal assault on the Jews during “Kristallnacht.” Also known as “the Night of Broken Glass,” it’s one of the most closely scrutinized events in the history of Nazi Germany. 

the Web Editors 11-08-2019

“The Good Place,” “Eat the Rich,” Moses Speaks Spanglish, and more.

Patrick Murphy. Illustration by Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Patrick Murphy's execution was again halted Thursday because Texas death row inmates' final access to spiritual advisors of their faith differs for Christians and Buddhists. Murphy, a 58-year-old Buddhist, is one of two surviving members of the infamous "Texas Seven," a group of escaped prisoners who committed multiple robberies and killed a police officer near Dallas in 2000 during more than a month on the run. Four others have already been executed, one killed himself when police caught up to them in Colorado, and one other remains on death row with Murphy.

Sam Cabral 11-07-2019

March for DACA and TPS protest in Battery Park New York City in October 2019. strgaphoto /

Several top diplomats repeatedly warned of the consequences of rescinding legal protections for immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, but the Trump administration ignored them, according to a report out Thursday from the Democratic staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sara Wilson 11-07-2019

“We have seen many reported examples of abuse within our private prison population,” Cardin said at a briefing on private prisons. “We know that there are problems there, but we don’t have the information we need because they are exempt from the same requirements prisons run by the government need to comply with.” 

People make their way through heavy smog on an extremely polluted day with red alert issued, in Shengfang, Hebei province, China Dec. 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo

The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations that it will withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to fight climate change, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed on Monday.