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New York swamp

New York | The convictions and reconvictions of New York politicos are symptoms of a putrid political body
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/18/18, 12:28 pm

A New York moment: 

Good luck keeping up with all the corruption trials going on here in the Empire State. Since the U.S. Supreme Court let off Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2016, setting a higher legal standard for corruption cases, federal judges here have tossed out corruption convictions of two top New York politicians. 

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 Christians in Parliament

Summer salt

United Kingdom | Pastor Tim Keller speaks to UK parliamentarians, and Mossad finds a special watch
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/10/18, 04:12 pm

A New York moment in London:

New York pastor Tim Keller, who recently retired from Redeemer Presbyterian Church, spoke to a group of British members of Parliament in late June at the United Kingdom’s National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. The audience of 170 included members of Parliament and the House of Lords, as well as Prime Minister Theresa May. 

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Patterns of defending the powerful

New York | As celebrities dress in Catholic-themed couture, an abuse scandal rocks New York politics
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/09/18, 03:52 pm

A New York moment: 

Monday was the city’s big fashion night, the Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s theme was plastered on the front of the museum: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The evening featured, of course, high profile celebrities dressed in sometimes unsettling tributes to Catholicism—the pop star Rihanna, for example, came dressed as a glittery pope. 

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