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House Pulls Health Care Bill Ahead of Planned Vote

by the Web Editors 03-24-2017

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) waves to tourists after the House voted on a procedural measure to move ahead with health care legislation to repeal Obamacare at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 24. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

After a week of scrambling, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump reportedly failed to secure enough votes to pass their long-promised repeal and replacement of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act. Friday afternoon, the House pulled the bill, reports Politico.

Chicago Police Officer Indicted on 16 More Counts in Laquan McDonald Shooting

by the Web Editors 03-24-2017

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The 16 counts represent the 16 times Van Dyke shot McDonald in the fatal encounter. The new indictment adds to Van Dyke's existing charges of six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct.

Weekly Wrap 3.24.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 03-24-2017

1. Anyone Who Argues for Life Has to Recognize the ACA Protects Children Inside the Womb and Out

Amid a heated health care battle in the House, Sojourners readers share their stories about how they would be affected if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Read them all and share yours here.

2. These Women Started a Company to Teach White People to Be Less Racist

If you’re wearing a safety pin, but looking for ways to actually stand in solidarity, check out this duo’s new subscription.

Suspect in NYC Killing Told Police He Wanted to Make a Statement by Attacking Black Men

by the Web Editors 03-23-2017

The suspect, James Harris Jackson, told police he traveled to New York with the intent to attack black men, according to the New York Times. The Times quoted Assistant Chief William Aubry describing Jackson as having "harbored a hatred of black men for more than a decade." Officials have expressed desire to classify the charge to a hate crime.

Permit Approving Keystone Pipeline To Be Signed By Monday

by the Web Editors 03-23-2017
A pumpjack retrieves oil from the group against a sunset background

The State Department is set to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by Monday, Politico reports. The cross-border permit that will allow construction to proceed is set to be signed by Undersecretary for political affairs Tom Shannon just before the end of the 60-day timeline President Donald Trump called for in January.

Princeton Seminary Rescinds Tim Keller’s Award After Protests

by the Web Editors 03-22-2017

“It is not my practice to censor the invitations to campus from any of our theological centers or student organizations,” Barnes said in a letter addressed to the seminary community. “Yet many regard awarding the Kuyper Prize as an affirmation of Reverend Keller’s belief that woman and LGBTQ+ persons should not be ordained… In order to communicate that the invitation to speak at the upcoming conference does not imply an endorsement of the Presbyterian Church in America’s views about ordination, we have agreed not to award the Kuyper Prize this year.”

Who Are ‘The Least of These’ Jesus Mentions? A Primer, Via Tweet Storm

by the Web Editors 03-21-2017

Image via Hadrian

But, interpretation of who Matthew 25:40 refers to as “the least of these” has gained attention most recently with many claiming that Jesus was speaking solely about his disciples or other Christians instead of the marginalized and oppressed communities that the verse so clearly seems to point to.

Weekly Wrap 3.17.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 03-17-2017

1. The Theology of Suspicion: What ‘Get Out’ Can Teach White Christians

To tell the story of black photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) on a visit to her family’s suburban home, Get Out director Jordan Peele doesn’t need to venture into the supernatural to dredge up terror: America’s history offers more than enough material

2. The 1.6 Billion Dollar Hoax

An elaborate hoax based on forged documents escalates the phenomenon of “fake news” and reveals an audience on the left that seems willing to believe virtually any claim that could damage Trump.

3. Jesus Take the Reins

In the fast-growing cowboy church movement, the trappings of traditional worship are eschewed to entice people through the door, dung-covered boots and all.

Maryland Judge Joins Hawaii Judge in Freezing Second Travel Ban

by the Web Editors 03-16-2017

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Judge Watson’s ruling came from a lawsuit filed by Hawaii, according to the Guardian. In the case, the state of Hawaii claimed that the ban hurt Hawaii’s tourism industry and negatively affected businesses and universities’ ability to recruit talented individuals from the banned countries. They continued to point out that the ban hurts families bringing up the example of Ismail Elshikh — an imam of the Muslim Association of Hawaii — whose Syrian mother-in-law’s visa is still on hold and might not denied with the new restrictions of the ban.

Trump Budget Proposes Major Cuts to Education, State, EPA, More

by the Web Editors 03-16-2017

On March 16, the Trump administration released President Donald Trump’s proposal for the 2018 federal budget, revealing a list of significant cuts to various federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, and the Department of Education.

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