Patrick Semansky

Walk the talk

Government | Mike Pompeo opens an important conversation on religious freedom
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/01/19, 03:36 pm

Divine inspiration isn’t often highlighted in American diplomacy. Yet in his office Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has a framed index card with words from Psalm 126: “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” 

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Krieg Barrie

From micro to macro

Poverty | Why conservatives and liberals see so differently the results of welfare reform
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/01/19, 01:43 pm

In our last issue, we profiled five Hope Awards finalists that help people leave poverty. Please go to and vote for whichever of those local ministries moves you the most. But I regularly get letters asking about the big, national picture: Do we need to reform the U.S. welfare system, and if so, how?

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Puerto Rico faces leadership vacuum

by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/29/19, 01:17 pm

Just days before Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is set to resign, the politician in line to take the seat announced Sunday she has “no interest” in the position. Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez urged Rosselló to appoint a new secretary of state, who would assume the governorship, before he steps down on Friday.

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