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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.

Agreement in Iran Nuclear Talks, NJ Senator Charged with Corruption, Religious Freedom vs. Gay Rights & Secret Money in 2016

April 3, 2015
Tentative framework for Iran nuclear program, corruption in the Senate, religious freedom laws spark outrage & Jeb Bush's non-profit supporters
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Faith, politics and business converge in debate over Religious Freedom laws

April 2, 2015
After the uproar over Indiana’s Religious Freedom act, lawmakers in that state and Arkansas worked to revise or create new legislation to prove the laws do not allow discrimination. Gwen Ifill talks to Pastor Tim Overton of Halteman Village Baptist Church, Micheline Maynard of Arizona State University and Ron Brownstein of National Journal about the crossroads of business, religion and politics.
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Indiana and the defining divisions in American politics

April 1, 2015
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
The controversy over Indiana’s religious-freedom law highlights the most fundamental divisions that now define American politics. For all the recent talk that foreign policy or income inequality will dominate the 2016 campaign, the firestorm over Indiana is a reminder of the underlying power of values and social issues to shape political identity.
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Pope Francis uses Christmas greeting to chide church officials for greed, gossip and getting ahead

December 23, 2014
In remarks for Christmas before the Roman Curia, Pope Francis delivered a scathing review of the behavior of Vatican officials, decrying the "spiritual Alzheimers" that makes them forget their real purpose. Gwen Ifill talks to Kevin Eckstrom of the Religion News Service about the pope’s latest effort at spurring reform in the Catholic church.
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