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    Boy Scouts Stand Strong, Delay Potential Policy Reversal

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced on Wednesday that it will postpone deciding whether to reverse its long-standing membership policy regarding open homosexuality. The decision will now take place at an annual meeting in May. The announcement last week of a potential policy change appeared to be in response, … More

    Boy Scouts of America: The Badge of Intolerance?

    Recent events involving the Boy Scouts of America have once again raised concerns about attempts to shove people and groups with traditional viewpoints on issues such as marriage, family, and sexuality out of the public square. As recently as July 2012, the Boy Scouts reaffirmed its long-standing membership policy regarding … More

    Dead Man on Trial: Russian Whistleblower Tried After Death

    The Russian government is set to posthumously try the brutally murdered whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky for tax fraud. While working for Hermitage Capital, formerly one of Russia’s largest foreign investment firms, Magnitsky uncovered a massive fraud and accused Russian police and tax officials of embezzling $230 million from the Russian treasury. … More

    Morning Bell: Marching for Life

    Later today, hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. Crowds are expected to exceed last year’s 400,000 participants, to walk a now-familiar route to the steps of the Supreme Court to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the … More

    Former Prisoners Help Kids Get to School Safely

    As the winter sun rises, a cadre of men walks a familiar route from school to school within some of the most poverty-stricken, crime-plagued neighborhoods in our nation’s capital. Their mission is to provide the students in three public housing developments a safe passage to class without fear of violence … More

    U.S. to U.N. Conference: Hands Off the Internet

    Regulating the Internet is a dream of autocratic governments and international organizations alike. This week and next, Internet governance will be the hot topic of the World Conference on International Telecommunications. The conference began on December 3 in Dubai and is hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a U.N. … More

    Why Is The Latino Poverty Rate So High?

    Read this post in Spanish at Libertad.org It has been reported recently that the poverty rate among Latinos has reached 28 percent. The number, based on a new poverty measure by the Obama Administration, should be interpreted with caution, as explained here and here. However, the overall point that more … More

    Giving Thanks for Community: Heroes Emerge Amid Hurricane Sandy's Wrath

    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and a snowy Nor’easter, grassroots rescue and support endeavors across New England came to the rescue. They presented a vivid contrast between the sluggish response of a government bureaucracy and the helping hand of neighbors and community groups that comprise the bedrock of our … More

    Giving Thanks for Religious Liberty: Faith in Action Helps Those in Need

    Americans will gather around Thanksgiving tables this week to reflect on the past year and give thanks for the blessings of family, friends, and fundamental freedoms like religious liberty. For Peter, his gratitude this holiday is simple: “I’m thankful for shelter and food.” Earlier this fall, Peter stood outside the … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Foster Care and the Future of Children

    This week, nearly 100 policymakers, practitioners, and administrators met in Washington, D.C., to discuss new solutions for the complex issue of poverty. Among the topics discussed was the nation’s foster care and adoption system. Roughly 400,000 children languish in today’s system, in which they will likely experience multiple, periodic placements … More