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Published: 03/2/11

Boy Wrestles With Faith, Not Girl: Is it Christianity or Chivalry?

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Boy Wrestles With Faith, Not Girl: Is it Christianity or Chivalry?

The case of the Iowa high school wrestler who cited his Christian beliefs in forfeiting a recent match against a girl in a state tournament seemed to be another one of those skirmishes in the culture wars that clearly pit religious tradition against modernity. The sophomore wrestler, Joel Northrup, said his decision to default his match against freshman Cassy Herkelman in the 112-pound class was based on his religious convictions -- he didn't think it was right for a boy to try to subdue a girl physically or to touch her so intimately. Even Cassy and her family said they respected Northrup's...

Published: 12/18/10

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Americans Divided on That, Too

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Americans Divided on That, Too

As if Americans weren't divided enough, even in this season celebrating peace and good will, the public is split over whether shops should greet customers by saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays." Related Stories Poll: Americans Prefer 'Merry Christmas' Just under half (49 percent) of those surveyed in a new poll said stores should have a "Merry Christmas" greeting policy, while 44 percent say businesses should opt for the more generic "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" out of respect for people of different faiths. Robert Putnam of Harvard, a leading scholar of relig...

Published: 10/12/09

Will the Culture Wars Return Under Obama?

By  Judy Howard Ellis - Politics Daily
Will the Culture Wars Return Under Obama?

After winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to global concord, President Obama may face his fiercest battles for tranquility at home. Under his administration, could the culture wars be reignited with renewed intensity? Obama was ushered into the White House by a diverse coalition of voters; some of those voters had, at one time, taken opposing sides in the cultural wars. Some of those constituents who entered the Obama tent to elect him now worry whether the president will satisfy their interests. For example, many gays view Obama's pledge to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" mil...

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Published: 07/7/09

Don't Count Palin Out

By  James Daubs - Politics Daily
Don't Count Palin Out

At a time when even such Republican primitives as Pat Buchanan and Joe Scarborough are bemoaning the sorry state of the GOP, when such Republican fallen saviors as John Ensign and Mark Sanford seem intent on making full-scale, long-play horses' asses of themselves in public, when polls imply that the lion's share of the so-called Reagan Democrats are skittish or downright embarrassed about identifying themselves with the Republican Party and when the legions of people paid to do so are scratching their collective head about who the Republicans can run in 2012 -- well, even at a time such as th...

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Published: 09/8/08

Obama Off His Game

By  Dave - Politics Daily
Obama Off His Game

Obama on tax cuts for the rich APWhat about increasing taxes on the wealthy?"I think we've got to take a look and see where the economy is. I mean, the economy is weak right now," Obama said on "This Week" on ABC. "The news with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, I think, along with the unemployment numbers, indicates that we're fragile."Obama (Obama!) on personality vs. issues in politics: The Democratic nominee, whose presidential campaign has often been dominated by his compelling life story, has now discovered a distate for personality politics. "You know, this whole résumé contest is not what th...

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Published: 11/14/07

Bridge Burned

By  David Knowles - Politics Daily
Bridge Burned

The bridge world is aflame. No, this isn't a case of terrorism or insurgent mortar fire landing across Iraq or Afghanistan. We're talking the game of bridge, as in cards. During the awards ceremony at the world bridge championships in Shanghai this past October, a member of the victorious United States' women's team held up a hastily written sign that stated:WE DID NOT VOTE FOR BUSH An uproar has ensued. The team faces punishment, including a one-year ban from competition, and 200 hours of community service to further the advancement of the game of bridge....

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