Religion
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The gospel according to rap

Entertainment | Hip-hop artists increasingly explore Christian faith in their lyrics
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/16/18, 01:56 pm

Twenty-five years after his first rap album debuted, Snoop Dogg is reorienting his music, though not necessarily his lifestyle, to praising God. He announced last summer plans to release a gospel album called Bible of Love, due out in March. The album will feature mostly gospel remixes he produced and some tracks on which he raps. Last week, Snoop Dogg released the video for the album’s first single, “Words Are Few,” which shows him praying and praising in a nearly empty church sanctuary.

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South Africa finally shows Zuma the door

International | Country’s new president credited with driving negotiations that ended apartheid
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/16/18, 12:27 pm

SOUTH AFRICA: Jacob Zuma, who once said his party would govern South Africa until Jesus returns, bowed to pressure within the African National Congress (ANC), resigning the presidency Wednesday as the ANC prepared to side with opposition parties to support his impeachment.

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GOP leaders abandon fiscal responsibility

Politics | Conservatives voice anger over Washington’s runaway tab
by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/15/18, 04:10 pm

WASHINGTON—Fiscal conservatives are still reeling from last week’s federal budget deal, with no spending pivot in sight.

The government shut down for a few hours last week after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delayed leaders on both sides from agreeing to a two-year budget agreement that busted mandated spending caps and added another $300 billion to the taxpayer tab.

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