Les Sillars

Les is a WORLD Radio correspondent and commentator. He previously spent two decades as WORLD Magazine's Mailbag editor. Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College and resides in Purcellville, Va., with his family.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and the White House have restarted negotiations for prosecutors to interview President Donald Trump, a person briefed on the proposal said Thursday. Mueller has offered format changes and to limit some questions. Trump has publicly expressed willingness to be interviewed, but a deal is uncertain.

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Ohio State places Meyer on leave

by Les Sillars
Posted 8/02/18, 11:29 am

One of college football’s most successful coaches ever, Urban Meyer, is on paid leave while Ohio State University investigates what Meyer and his wife knew about accusations of domestic abuse by one of his assistant coaches, Zach Smith. The college fired Smith on July 23 after reports surfaced that an Ohio court granted his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, a domestic violence protective order. At a Big Ten Conference media day on July 24, Meyer downplayed or denied knowing his assistant had a history of accusations of domestic assault.

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Pope Francis changes Catholic teaching on the death penalty

by Les Sillars
Posted 8/02/18, 10:49 am

Pope Francis in a new policy published Thursday changed the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty, saying it is always “inadmissible” because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans. The Vatican said Francis approved in May the change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which had previously not ruled out capital punishment if needed to defend human life “against the unjust aggressor.” That position is now considered “outdated,” according to Catechism No. 2267.

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