FROM David van Biema
Hobby Lobby Family Just how did the family behind Hobby Lobby become the poster child for religious freedom and the Affordable Care Act? Turns out they were recruited by a conservative advocacy firm called the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. And the Becket Fund is not done with pushing cases its leaders say violate the rights of Christians in America.
Obama, McCain and Pastor Warren Rick Warren is author of The Purpose Driven Life , which has sold some 30 million copies worldwide. He is the evangelical pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. Tomorrow, he'll be talking for one hour each to John McCain and Barack Obama , both of whom he calls "friends." The interviews will be back to back, but this is the first time the two will have been in the same place at the same time since becoming presumptive presidential nominees. We find out what to expect from the interviews, learn how a California evangelist landed such an event and discover the potential impact—on fundamentalist Christians and the rest of the voting public.
Pope Benedict XVI, Mending Fences in Turkey In September, Pope Benedict XVI made a controversial speech quoting a Byzantine emperor who attacked Islam as a violent religion. Before he was Pope , he said Turkey's Muslim character should keep it out of the European Union. But he arrived in Ankara today with a message of "brotherhood," calling Turkey "a bridge between the religions." Despite earlier word that he would not have time, Prime Minister Erdogan met with the Pope for 20 minutes before leaving for the NATO Summit in Latvia. Erdogan told reporters the Pope now supports Turkey's admission into the European Union . Will the people of Turkey accept the Pope's call for a "dialogue" between the religions? Will his message of reconciliation help resolve growing tensions between Christianity and Islam?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?