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  • Billy Graham: a counselor of presidents who eschewed politics

    In 1957, when celebrity evangelist Billy Graham was gearing up for four months of nightly revival meetings at New York’s Madison Square Garden, his fellow conservative Christians warned he was playing with fire – and not in a good way. Fundamentalists said he was making a mistake by partnering with liberal New York Protestants, who in their view would corrupt the crusade. “Graham’s view was that if people wanted to help promote the revivals… then find ways to bridge theological differences,” said Barry Hankins, a Baylor University historian and author of “American Evangelicals: A Contemporary History of a Mainstream Religious Movement.” “That became a sort of metaphor for his whole life.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:40:05 -0500
  • Why Adam Schiff wants to 'follow the money'

    The timing of California Rep. Adam Schiff's visit to the Monitor Breakfast table on Wednesday couldn't have been better. Three Monitor subscribers came to observe, including an old colleague of Schiff's, former Rep. Chris Shays (R) of Connecticut. Indeed, as Schiff took his seat, he commented that the event is "a bit risky, because you very soon forget that you're talking to reporters, and it's all on the record." But this was Schiff's fifth Monitor Breakfast, and he's a pro.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:32:02 -0500
  • Japan wants Fukushima evacuees to go home. They're not so sure.

    For Toru Takeda, the best and worst parts of life in Yonezawa are the same: snow. It snows so much that many streets in Yonezawa are equipped with sprinklers that spray warm underground water to keep them clear. Mr. Takeda is still getting used to the sheer amount of snow and the inconveniences that come with it.

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:18:28 -0500
  • ‘Black Panther’ challenges limits on identity

    As the new art of photography delighted Americans in the 19th century, Frederick Douglass seized hold of it as “the revenant” of black culture. While Douglass may not have foreseen photography’s evolution into the blockbuster movie, he might approve of what the new Marvel superhero film “Black Panther” does for black identity as well as women’s identity – and even for the cool factor of science, technology, engineering, and math. Mothers and fathers across the racial spectrum report children excited to put their 3-D glasses on and feel the Dolby percussion as they’re transported to the good-versus-evil battles over the make-believe, high-tech nation of Wakanda.

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:30:56 -0500
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