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    Is Coal de Minimus? The Problem with the Alabama Ethics Commission

    In the wake of a number of corruption scandals, the Alabama legislature endeavored to reform their system by enacting tough ethics laws. But does that mean that a student can no longer give a teacher a Christmas gift?  For some students and parents in the Yellowhammer State, that may mean … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Oh Come, All Ye Faithful

    Despite the increasing effort to strike “Christmas” from our common vocabulary, 91 percent of Americans say that they personally celebrate the holiday, according to a LifeWay Research poll. While it’s not surprising that almost all self-identified Christians (97 percent) celebrate Christmas, 89 percent of agnostics or those with no religious … More

    'Twas the Day After Christmas

    ‘Twas the day after Christmas, And all ‘cross the land All the people were saying, “Wasn’t Christmas just grand?” The children were joyful, The parents were tired, And grandfolks, aunts and uncles Had been really inspired. The stockings still hung by the chimneys with care But the toes were now … More

    PODCAST: The History of Christmas in America

    Be sure to listen to Matt Spalding discuss the history and importance of Christmas in America. Tune in here! How did early Americans celebrate Christmas? Since Christmas is also a time of giving, what are traditional ways Americans have done so? Is there a particular story about Christmas from the … More

    A Christmas Tale -- 1919

    It’s easy to complain in the midst of a stressful holiday season. But my family has a unique remedy: We remember one special Christmas in 1919 that gave us the freedom and liberty we enjoy today. This will be the 89th anniversary of the year my father celebrated Christmas Eve … More

    The Reagans at Christmas

    Let us turn one more time to Ronald Reagan, in his centennial year, for some Christmas cheer. President Reagan loved America, his shining city on a hill, but he loved one thing—or rather one person—more: Nancy, his wife of more than 50 years. Theirs was a marriage of affection and … More

    Morning Bell: Our Christmas Wish - The Gift of Gratitude

    Gratitude, it’s been observed, is a hallmark conservative virtue. We prize the heritage passed down to us through the generations. We look beyond ourselves to the wisdom of the ages to shape our outlook and to the enduring principles of America’s founding to ground our decisions today. Gratitude for what … More

    A Marine's Christmas Song

    Marine Master Sgt. Robert Allen sings a song he wrote for his wife for Christmas. Allen is deployed in Afghanistan, and we’re proud to share this video with you today. Our thoughts and prayers are with our armed forces stationed around the world this holiday season. We thank them for … More

    Gas Prices at All-Time Christmas High

    Americans hitting the road this week are likely to encounter the highest-ever price for gas at Christmas in history. According to figures from AAA, the nationwide average for regular unleaded is $3.21 per gallon — an increase of 23 cents over last year’s Christmas record. This marks the second straight … More

    Obama's $4 Million Hawaii Vacation

    President Obama had hoped to be in Hawaii today for the start of his 17-day Christmas vacation. Instead, he’s stuck in Washington until Congress finishes its work for the year. But in the Aloha State, residents are already abuzz about the first family’s trip — and its high price tag. … More