Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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Israeli doves weaken hawks' grip on power

Israel
by Whitney Williams & Leigh Jones
Posted 1/22/13, 10:30 am

UPDATE: Israeli voters returned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party to power Tuesday, but not by the large margins some poll-watchers predicted.

Netanyahu now must form a broad-based coalition to keep control of parliament. Likud and its hardline allies won just half the body’s 120 seats, with the centrist Yesh Atid party capturing as many as 19 seats, many more than expected. Official results will continue to come in throughout the evening, and final seat totals could change.

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Armstrong admits his perfect story was a myth

Sports
by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/18/13, 01:00 pm

Former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong made one of the most anticipated and least surprising confessions last night during an interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Despite years of vehement denials, Armstrong finally admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs, blood transfusions, and human growth hormone during his seven-year ride at the front of the international competitive cycling pack.

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Religion | Critics say President Obama’s Religious Freedom Day proclamation doesn’t line up with the actions of his administration
by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/17/13, 03:22 pm

Religious liberty advocates mocked the Religious Freedom Day proclamation President Barack Obama signed Wednesday, lambasting him as one of the strongest opponents to the First Amendment ever to lead the nation.

Critics pointed to the Obama administration’s attempt to force religious organizations and businesses to pay for contraceptive and abortifacient drugs under the national healthcare reforms adopted in 2010 and the president’s lack of support for Christians facing persecution in other countries.

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