Newspaper Prayers: Monday, February 12th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, February 12, 2018

Democrats Can Win on Immigration

To no one’s surprise, President Trump, who has been doubling down on his anti-immigrant rhetoric, used his State of the Union address to draw parallels between the Central American gang MS-13 and law-abiding immigrants in the United States.

The next week, he reiterated that “MS-13 killers” are “pouring into our country.” This kind of language, long a Trump trademark, was used as a political strategy just a few months ago in Virginia during the failed bid of the Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie. It was also on display in the campaign of Kim Guadagno, a Republican who lost the race to replace Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Monday, February 12th”

Newspaper Prayers: Friday, February 2nd

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, February 2, 2018

Don’t Believe the Liberal F.B.I.

(This is an excerpt from an editorial by Michelle Goldberg. Note, the man who helped me experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ, was a career F.B.I. agent until retirement.)

In the 1960s and 1970s, the American right set about undermining trust in the mainstream media, which it saw as dangerously infected with liberal assumptions. Later, in debates over evolution and the environment, some on the right attacked the validity of modern science. By the turn of the millennium, it was an article of faith among conservative ideologues that whole realms of human expertise were in fact intricate structures of propaganda that trapped the unwary in a matrix of deceit.

In an invaluable 2017 Vox essay titled “Donald Trump and the Rise of Tribal Epistemology,” David Roberts quoted a 2009 Rush Limbaugh rant: “Science has been corrupted. We know the media has been corrupted for a long time. Academia has been corrupted. None of what they do is real. It’s all lies!” With Trump, this ethos reached the White House. And now, to protect Trump, the right has expanded its war on empiricism to that most conservative of institutions, the F.B.I. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Friday, February 2nd”

Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, February 1st

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, February 1, 2018

As Strongmen Steamroll Their Opponents, Trump is Silent

When it comes to securing a second term in power, Egypt’s president is leaving little to chance.

Potential rivals in the March election have been sidelined, jailed or threatened with prosecution. The news media is largely in his pocket. On polling day, Egyptians will have a choice between President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and one of his most ardent supporters — an obscure politician drafted at the 11th hour to avoid the embarrassment of a one-horse race. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, February 1st”

Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, January 31st

Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trump’s Volk und Vaterland

“This, in fact, is our new American moment,” President Trump declared in his State of the Union speech. “There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.”

But which American Dream? Trump portrayed a dark and menacing world in which immigrants, who stand at the heart of the American idea, were equated with gangs, murderous criminals and “horrible people.” Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, January 31st”

Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, January 30th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Some Supporters Fear Trump Will Lose Hard Edge in State of Union Speech

“American carnage” appears to be out. Bipartisanship is in. And not everyone is happy about it.

When President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET, his most fervent supporters are anxious that he will squander the most high-profile moment of his presidency with a soft speech that bends more to the predilections of the political establishment in Washington and less to the populist army that sent him there to drain the swamp. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, January 30th”

Newspaper Prayers: Monday, January 29th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, January 29, 2018

The Mysterious Interior World of Exercise

When we exercise, far-flung parts of our bodies apparently communicate with one another, thanks to tiny, particle-filled balloons that move purposefully through the bloodstream from one cell to another, carrying pressing biochemical messages, according to an important new study of the biology of exercise.

The study helps to clarify some of the body-wide health effects of working out and also underscores just how physiologically complex exercise is. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Monday, January 29th”

Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, January 25th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, January 25, 2018

Is the Business World All About Greed?

(This editorial by Nicholas Kristof is simply superb. Please go to the New York Times and read the full article. It will inspire you. Below are a few paragraphs from his article.)

When I visit university campuses, I’m periodically asked if students who seek jobs in the business world are immoral, money-grubbing sellouts.

I don’t think they are, for businesses can be a hugely important force for progress. Can be, but usually aren’t. Swirling in the air here in Davos at the World Economic Forum, along with snowflakes, is an important discussion of how companies must do far more to benefit the 99 percent, not just the 1 percent. Enriching shareholders is not enough. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, January 25th”