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Judge temporarily blocks Obama school transgender bathroom policy

A federal judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction barring federal government agencies from taking action against school districts that don’t follow the Obama administration’s guidance on transgender bathroom policies in schools. The judge granted a preliminary injunction sought by Texas and several other states challenging the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX, which […]

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Man upset after niece brings home waiver to ‘be excused from reciting’ Pledge of Allegiance at school

A Florida man is upset after his niece brought home a Pledge of Allegiance waiver that asked parents to sign and return the form if they’d like their child to “be excused from reciting” it. It read: “I understand my rights as a parent and I request that my child, noted above, be excused from […]

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Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk?

Many parents who grew up playing outdoors with friends, walking alone to the park or to school, and enjoying other moments of independent play are now raising children in a world with very different norms. In the United States today, leaving children unsupervised is grounds for moral outrage and can lead to criminal charges. What’s […]

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Facebook launches Lifestage app for school teens

Facebook has launched a new social media app aimed at school teenagers. Members of Lifestage, currently only available on Apple devices in the US, upload pictures and videos based around feelings, likes and dislikes. These are then turned into video profiles. All posts are public and there are no options to restrict viewing. The idea […]

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Are aging and the economic slowdown linked?

An aging United States reduces the economy’s growth — big time. That’s the startling conclusion of a new academic study, and if it withstands scholarly scrutiny, it could transform our national political and economic debate. We’ve known for decades, of course, that the retirement of the huge baby-boom generation — coupled with low birthrates — […]

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Nigerian bishops accuse health minister of plotting to legalize abortion

Nigeria’s bishops have warned that the country’s health minister is plotting the removal of the century-old abortion law in “collaboration” with foreign non-governmental agencies. The country’s Catholic bishops issued the communiqué, which also touched on corruption and violence in local elections, after a three-day conference ending last Wednesday.

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Hillary Clinton: ‘I’ve been fighting to defend religious freedom for years’

Hillary Clinton, who once said religious views that oppose abortion “have to be changed,” promised to defend religious liberty in an op-ed published on August 10 in a conservative Utah publication. Employing language first used by President Obama, she wrote that “everyone has the right to worship however he or she sees fit.” “I’ve been fighting […]

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Amid death in Aleppo, a spark of life

Doctors hold the ashen baby upside down by its feet and slap its bottom hard, desperate to detect any signs of life. Birth is, at the best of times, an intense experience. But birth by emergency cesarean section, after the mother is seriously injured by a bomb in war-torn Aleppo, is something else altogether.

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Pope Appoints Commission To Study Possibility Of Women As Deacons

Pope Francis has created a commission to study whether women could serve as deacons within the Roman Catholic Church. News.va, the official news network for the Vatican, announced the commission of seven men and six women on its website: “After intense prayer and mature reflection, Pope Francis has decided to institute the Commission for the […]

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Foreigners Go to Belgian ERs for Euthanasia

When euthanasia is sold, we are promised it will be a rare procedure, oh, so carefully administered, with tremendous protections against abuse. Guidelines, schmidelines: In Belgium, people from other countries show up at ERs to be killed.

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Amid Louisiana flood disaster, youngest bear mental scars

After floods devastated pockets of south Louisiana, mental scars are already showing on the youngest victims of a disaster that prompted more than 30,000 rescues and left an estimated 40,000 homes damaged. Children who endured harrowing rescues are returning home to a jarring landscape that even their parents can scarcely grasp: Homes filled with ruined […]

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