The Stew
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A door swinging shut?

Politics | White House cuts refugee program even deeper
by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/20/18, 03:09 pm

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration announced Monday it may reduce the annual number of refugees allowed into the United States from the already historic low of 45,000 to 30,000 in the next fiscal year. Some evangelical leaders are pushing back, saying the reduction will harm persecuted Christians and other religious minorities and is a step backward for the United States’ humanitarian efforts.

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Religious influence on the ballot box

Politics | A recent poll finds voters are split on the importance of a candidate’s faith
by Anne K. Walters
Posted 9/13/18, 06:26 pm

WASHINGTON—U.S. voters are split ahead of November’s midterm elections on whether the faith of political candidates matters. More Americans said the religious faith of candidates was at least somewhat, if not very important, than those who thought it wasn’t very important or not important at all, but only by a very small margin, a poll released this week by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found.

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Declaration of independence

Politics | Supreme Court nominee makes few promises in confirmation hearing
by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/06/18, 02:17 pm

WASHINGTON—Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have pressed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing to tip his hand on hot-button issues such as abortion, religious liberty, and presidential power, but Kavanaugh has mostly kept a strong poker face.

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