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Is it constitutional?
A truly nonsectarian prayer would be so vague as to hardly constitute prayer. Besides, government can't assume the task of scrutinizing prayers.
Food stamps are efficient, effective and good for the economy. So should we cut them a lot, or just a little?
Between 2006 and 2010, Christians faced some form of discrimination in 139 countries—almost three-fourths of the world's nations.
Pope Francis understands that people are rarely argued into the church, but they are often loved into it.
Obamacare's hard-line opponents aren't worried that the law won't work as planned. They're worried that it will.
In the face of huge unanswered questions and with the unpredictable outcome of any act of war, U.S. military action against Syria is unwarranted.
The prospects for genuine democracy in Egypt are more remote than ever. But there are other models of Islamic politics in the region.
Fast-food workers think they deserve $15 an hour. If it looks like they are overreaching, that's just because they're so woefully underpaid now.
In discussions of Protestantism's winners and losers, what often gets lost is how much both liberals and conservatives have changed internally.
The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case shows that a trial can be fair as far as the law goes, while the nation falls far short of offering justice to all.
Voter suppression may be a less obvious denial of equality than refusing to issue a marriage license, but it is no less significant.
In our political climate, security enjoys a peculiar status: it’s an absolute priority, subject to little scrutiny or cost-benefit analysis.
The civil war in Syria is tragic. But Obama is right to be skeptical of direct military intervention.
The evidence doesn't point to a politicized IRS. The problem is the vagueness of the tax code.
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