Daniel James Devine

Daniel is managing editor of WORLD Magazine and lives in Indiana. Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanJamDevine.

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A president’s farewell

Politics | Enthusiastic Chicagoans embrace President Obama as he looks back on his eight years in office
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 1/11/17, 08:31 am

CHICAGO—President Barack Obama returned Tuesday to the city that launched his political career, giving a farewell address before thousands of supportive Chicagoans who ventured out on the gusty, drizzly evening to hear him speak.

In a cavernous convention hall inside Chicago’s McCormick Place, Obama listed what he considered to be the accomplishments of his presidency and pointed his supporters to the future, quoting from George Washington and Atticus Finch while warning of what he called threats to democracy.

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Depression and same-sex parenting

Sexuality | New study finds adult children of same-sex parents are twice as likely to be depressed
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 7/05/16, 02:50 pm

Children who grow up in same-sex parented households may face a significantly higher risk of depression later in life.

That’s the conclusion of a study published a few weeks ago, without fanfare, in the open-access journal Depression Research and Treatment. The study found that young adults who had grown up with same-sex parents were more than twice as likely to be depressed as those raised by a mother and a father.

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Rowan County

Appeals court weighs county commissioners' prayers

Religious Liberty
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 1/27/16, 05:27 pm

The elected members of the Rowan County, N.C., Board of Commissioners have been regularly praying in Jesus’ name at meetings since at least 2007. But some county residents aren’t happy about that.

On Wednesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Rowan County Commissioners’ Christian prayers. If the county loses, it could mean that commissioners will have to stop leading prayers during their meetings and instead invite community members to offer prayers.

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