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Protecting doctors’ freedom of conscience

The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is consulting on whether patients’ right of access to certain procedures, such as abortion, should trump the rights of those physicians who refuse, for reasons of conscience, to provide them. Dr. Marc Gabel, a College official, chairs the working group looking at this issue, which is drafting a [...]

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Don’t cheat, kids: Use NFL’s ‘deflategate’ to discuss honesty

It’s the biggest controversy since Taco Bell yanked its rolled chicken tacos from the menu. (Seriously, did you try those? They changed me.) If sports scandals are more your thing, the NFL’s new headache ranks high in history. You’ve got big stars, big money and super stakes. Still, isn’t it refreshing to have an NFL [...]

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Want to Stop Sex Trafficking? Look to America’s Porn Addiction

For decades, pornography has been praised as the epitome of freedom of expression by men and at times women alike. However, as time goes on, social conservatives and feminists alike — as well as various media outlets and academic organizations — are coming to agree that not only does pornography harm individuals and families, but [...]

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Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps

WASHINGTON — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show that one in five children were on food stamp assistance in 2014. The survey [...]

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Why you don’t want your marriage to be conflict-free

Many years ago, I (Richard) was on a plane and happened to be sitting by a distinguished-looking fellow who told me that he had been a marriage counselor in England for more than 40 years. He mentioned that during all that time, he had discovered only three kinds of marriage that were completely conflict-free. Interested, [...]

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House speaker says anti-discrimination, religious liberty won’t be fast-tracked

SALT LAKE CITY — House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, said Wednesday he doesn’t expect lawmakers to move quickly on protections for both the state’s LGBT and religious communities. “This isn’t an issue that’s going to be fast-tracked or easy. It’s going to be a challenge, whatever we do,” Hughes said a day after statements were [...]

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What a Child Can Teach a Smart Computer

Every January the intellectual impresario and literary agent John Brockman (who represents me, I should disclose) asks a large group of thinkers a single question on his website, edge.org. This year it is: “What do you think about machines that think?” There are lots of interesting answers, ranging from the skeptical to the apocalyptic. I’m not sure [...]

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Someone’s in the Kitchen With Dinah

“Moms who stay at home with their children are less valuable than moms who work for pay” is how the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney summed up the thinking behind some of President Obama’s futile State of the Union tax proposals last week: Obama . . . proposed tax cuts that go only to dual-income families. Obama called for a [...]

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On Parenting: Meghan Leahy and Amy Joyce took questions about parenting

Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, joined Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages. Q: Emotional Two Year Old For the past month or so, our two year old (two years 5 months) has been an emotional ticking time bomb. He has a HUGE tantrum at least once a day, which [...]

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Four-Year-Old Calls 911 and Saves Her Pregnant Mom’s Life After a Seizure

In Michigan, a four-year-old girl is being called a hero for calling 911 after her pregnant mother fell down from a seizure. Calise’s mother, Centerria Manning, suffers from epilepsy and has been teaching her daughter to call 911 since she was two-years-old. She said, “I was so proud of her, because we practice … because [...]

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When Public Religion is Rare, It Gets Weird

Although every Saint Patrick’s Day, streets shut down for a quasi-Catholic-related march, the American St. Paddy’s Day has about as much to do with Christianity as it does with Ireland these days, and is mostly an excuse to dress up and drink.  A lot of public festivals have been watered down in this way.  And the [...]

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