J.C. Derrick

J.C. is WORLD’s deputy chief content officer and WORLD Radio’s managing editor based in Dallas. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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Obama signs open records bill

Government | Bipartisan measure creates an assumption of openness
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 7/01/16, 12:58 pm

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama signed an open-records bill into law late Thursday, handing Congress a rare bipartisan success in a contentious election year.

The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 updates the Freedom of Information Act to make more records available and codifies a presumption of openness for documents in question.

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Ontario court deals blow to Christian law school

Religious Liberty | Trinity Western University is headed back to Canada’s Supreme Court
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 6/29/16, 06:02 pm

The Ontario Court of Appeal on Wednesday ruled that a provincial accrediting body can legally refuse to recognize Trinity Western University’s proposed law school based solely on the school’s marriage views.

“This isn’t just a loss for TWU,” said university spokesperson Amy Robertson. “This is a loss for all Canadians. Freedom of conscience and religion is the first of the fundamental freedoms mentioned in the Charter [of Rights and Freedoms].”

The Christian university plans to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Benghazi report leaves many unanswered questions

Benghazi Attack | Panel chairman urged all Americans to read the investigation’s conclusions and judge for themselves what really happened
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 6/28/16, 04:51 pm

WASHINGTON—Dozens of reporters on Tuesday filled a studio at the U.S. Capitol, where seven House Republicans unveiled the findings of a two-year investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. When committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., opened the floor for questions, it was clear most reporters had only one interest: the 2016 presidential race.

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