FROM Anthea Butler
Ahead of the VP debate, where do ‘values voters’ stand? Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, the two vice presidential candidates debate Tuesday night. Both are devout Christians, and issues like abortion and gay rights have been an important rallying cry for Christian conservatives in past elections. So far, though, this presidential contest has been noteworthy for its lack of focus on social issues. So where are the so-called “values voters” this time around?
The State of Televangelism Televangelist Jan Crouch died yesterday at the age of 78. Even if you’ve never heard her sermons, you’d probably recognize her image. She was known for enormous bouffant wigs – sometimes blonde, sometimes pink or purple – fake eyelashes and layers of makeup. Then there were her outfits: gaudy, often shiny, furry or sequined. Jan and her late husband Paul Crouch founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network in Orange County in 1973. Nearly 40 years later, TBN beams Christian programming to more than 5,000 TV stations around the world. It’s the world’s biggest Christian TV network, but it’s not the only one. What is the state of televangelism today?
The Evangelical Vote Moving now to another bloc of voters the candidates are vying for: evangelicals. Much to the dismay of some Conservative Christians, exit polls following Super Tuesday showed that Donald Trump won the born-again vote in several states. But what exactly is the born-again vote? Do born-again Christians, or evangelicals, constitute an actual voting bloc? And if so, how powerful are they this election year?
Ben Carson and the Evangelicals The GOP race has a new front runner. Brain surgeon Ben Carson now leads Donald Trump, according to a new national poll out today. Among his supporters is a resurgent voting bloc: Evangelicals. What power does this voting bloc still have?
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.