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Pope Flies Into Swirling U.S., Global Politics

September 23, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
By the end of this week, anyone close to U.S. politics will have lots (more) to talk about. Pope Francis will be watched around the world during his Wednesday appearance at the White House, followed by speeches to Congress Thursday and to the United Nations in New York on Friday.
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Ben Carson Defends Comments on Muslims

September 23, 2015
Janet Hook | Wall Street Journal
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson Tuesday stood by his opposition to allowing a Muslim to be president, dismissing attacks on him as arising from a culture of “political correctness.”
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Conservative Lawmaker Boycotting Pope's Address Over Climate-Change Views

September 22, 2015
Susan Davis | NPR
A conservative Catholic lawmaker announced he will boycott Pope Francis' historic address before Congress Thursday because of the pope's views on climate change.
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Political Split Awaits Pope Francis on Eve of U.S. Visit

September 21, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Pope Francis will arrive at a military base outside the capital on Tuesday afternoon to open his first visit to the United States, and President Obama will be there to welcome him. It is a gesture the president has extended to virtually no other foreign visitor.
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In Pope Francis’s visit, White House sees a chance to transcend politics

September 18, 2015
Juliet Eilperin, Greg Jaffe | The Washington Post
Vice President Biden offered a glimpse earlier this week into how the White House, deeply frustrated by the gridlocked and bitter state of American politics, has come to view Pope Francis’s visit to the United States.
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Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Raises Questions Of Religious Rights, Tax Status

July 17, 2015
Tom Gjelten | NPR
Religious colleges worry that if they stick to their convictions, they may lose tax-exempt status. That happened to Bob Jones University in 1983 because it continued to prohibit interracial dating.
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A test of faith: Pope Francis puts 2016 GOP hopefuls on the defensive

June 19, 2015
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
For more than half a century, Catholic politicians in the United States have regularly been put in awkward positions on the question of how closely they would — or should — follow the dictates of the Vatican.

The Privacy vs. Security Debate, Supreme Court Rules on Religious Freedom & Internet Postings & Four New 2016 Candidates

June 5, 2015
Congress passes USA Freedom Act, Supreme Court decisions, and the race for the White House heats up.
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Jeb Bush: No constitutional right to same-sex marriage

May 18, 2015
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush reiterated in a new interview that he doesn't believe that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.
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