• A Serious Celebration

    A Serious Celebration

    The holiday of Rosh HaShannah—also known as the Jewish New Year—falls this year in the early days of October and raises perplexing questions for most Christians and many Jews. Cultures typically note the turn of the year with raucous celebration, but Jewish people view the calendar shift with a serious…

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  • How Faith Improves Sex—and Vice Versa

    How Faith Improves Sex—and Vice Versa

    For 30 years, social science has shown that religion is good for sex: long-term couples who attend religious services regularly and say they are serious about scriptural teaching, report that they enjoy both more active and more satisfying sex lives. But new research from Duke University shows that the connection…

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  • New Discovery Authenticates Biblical Text

    New Discovery Authenticates Biblical Text

    Forty-six years ago Israeli archaeologists discovered a charred lump of parchment in the ark of an ancient synagogue near the Dead Sea. They couldn't unfold it without destroying the burnt scroll but hoped for future technology allowing the contents to be read. University of Kentucky researchers recently developed the necessary…

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  • Dramatic Reverse in the Border Flow

    Dramatic Reverse in the Border Flow

    Despite alarmist rhetoric from politicians and activists, the flow of Mexican illegal immigrants across the southern border isn't surging. Actually, that flow has not only stopped, it has significantly reversed—with more undocumented Mexicans going home than arriving in the US. In a significant new report, the Pew Research Service now…

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  • The New Deal with Israel

    The New Deal with Israel

    The United States and Israel recently agreed on a foreign aid package providing $3.8 billion in military aid for each of the next ten years. This marks a sharp increase in the level of aid, but that's still less than one-tenth-of-one percent – less than one-one-thousandth – of the money…

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  • Children, “Very Important”; Marriage, Not So Much

    Children, “Very Important”; Marriage, Not So Much

    A September poll by CBS News and the New York Times revealed troubling contradictions in attitudes toward marriage and children. Nearly 2,000 adults of all ages were asked: “For you personally, is being married either now or in the future very important, somewhat important, not very important or not at…

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  • Hillary’s Hellish Weekend

    Hillary’s Hellish Weekend

    By every measure, Hillary Clinton suffered a disastrous weekend surrounding the 9/11 anniversary. Her near collapse on Sunday morning hurt her badly not just because it left the impression of frailty and ill-health, but due to foolish attempts to conceal her pneumonia from a public that deserves candor. Even worse,…

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  • A Celebration of Everyday Heroism

    A Celebration of Everyday Heroism

    Last weekend, as America observed the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Hollywood released a film about an aviation disaster with a very different outcome. SULLY, directed by Clint Eastwood, tells the true story of the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson” in 2009 with the superb Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger,…

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  • In the Debates: Who Needs Moderators?

    In the Debates: Who Needs Moderators?

    With moderators now designated for the upcoming presidential debates, candidates and organizers should rethink the out-sized role these journalists usually play. Yes, you need someone to enforce time limits and to announce periodic breaks, but a potentially biased broadcaster shouldn't get to pose all questions and steer the discussion. Why…

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