Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 12, 2018 / 1:42 PM GMT By Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann WASHINGTON — In the wee hours of Election Night, the consensus was that Democrats had a good — though far from a great — showing. They netted the 23 seats needed to win the House, but they hadn’t hit a number much larger than that. It was pretty clear they were going to fall short in the marquee gubernatorial races in Florida and Georgia, even though they picked up seven governors’ mansions. And they looked destined to lose as many as four Senate seats to Republicans. Since then, however, the Democrats’ performance in the midterms has looked much, much better. They appear on their way to picking up close to 40 House seats — the party’s best showing since the post-Watergate midterms (their haul in 2006 was about 30 seats). … [Read more...] about Democrats had a good showing on Election Day. It’s been even better for them since.
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POLITICS 10/10/2018 05:40 pm ET Some believers are pushing back after Jerry Falwell Jr. claimed Trump is the "good, moral" leader that America needs. By Carol Kuruvilla Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Virginia’s Liberty University, was one of the first evangelical leaders to endorse Donald Trump, back in January 2016. Falwell’s enthusiastic support doesn’t appear to have waned since then, even as progressive evangelicals and evangelicals of color have come forward in recent weeks to voice their disapproval of Trump. In an interview with The Guardian on Tuesday, Falwell said he is standing firmly by the president and “absolutely” believes Trump sets a good moral example. “Ever since I’ve known him, he’s been a good, moral person, a strong leader, a tough leader ― and that’s what this country needs,” Falwell said. “He is like Ronald Reagan on steroids,” Falwell added. But … [Read more...] about Trump Doesn’t Fit Christian Standard For ‘Moral,’ Progressive Evangelicals Say
A group of local pastors in Mobile, Alabama, are speaking out against a public library for hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour, and are voicing their concerns with the city to stop the event. The pastors throughout Mobile are hoping to get the city to cancel a September 8 event at Mobile’s Ben May Main Library where an adult drag queen is expected to read to a group of children between the ages of three and eight years old, AL.com reported.The pastors are scheduled to voice their concerns about the event at next Monday’s Mobile County Commission meeting, in the hopes the city can put a stop to it. “This is far, far from the moral values and the morality of Mobile, Alabama,” Pastor Fred Wolfe of Luke 4:18 Fellowship told WALA. “I know the vast number of Mobilians who live in Mobile and Mobile county are not ready to embrace, and I’m thankful, this kind of indoctrination of children who really at that age aren’t even aware of sexuality.” The … [Read more...] about Pastors on Alabama Drag Queen Story Hour: ‘This Is Not Good for Children’
May 14, 7:35 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Himanshu Goenka @HimGoJourno 02/05/18 AT 5:03 AM The idea of meditation is often thought about in the same breath as that of a Zen-like state of mind that looks at the world calmly and treats others in it with more compassion. This view, which has been promoted by teachers and practitioners alike, also found support from some scientific studies that meditation, did in fact, have an overall positive influence on people’s behavior.But a new meta-study, which looked at over 20 such studies — on the impact of meditation on people’s sense of compassion and other such attributes — found the positive effects were overstated in the studies, likely a result of biases and methodological weaknesses. The new analysis found meditation “played no significant role in reducing aggression or prejudice or improving how socially-connected someone … [Read more...] about Is Meditation Good For You? Positives Overstated In Scientific Studies, Meta-Study Finds
Gratitude.Essential as it is to the tradition of Thanksgiving, the misty-eyed emotion seems suddenly insufficient, not stiff enough.This year, the harvest feast has been braced by a historic reckoning, a viral moral audit.Women with long memories are rising up with tidal strength to accuse powerful men who sexually bullied on the assumption that power buys, if not submission, silence.Well, the pillories in the press are filling with male heads pelted with rotten fruit.The once masterful (the list is too long to reproduce) are now feeling the scourge of public humiliation.San Diego had its sneak preview of the reckoning in 2013 when Mayor Bob Filner was forced out of office for serial transgressions. (He’s now back in the shame game with fresh recollections of a congresswoman trapped in an elevator.)Probing TV interviewer Charlie Rose, like scores of other men, is asking himself what went wrong with his character.Many men, I suspect, are looking back upon their past conduct and … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving braced by moral reckoning sweeping the nation