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From The Federalist

"Freedom of speech and expression are fundamental human values—our society is built upon them. However, in our current marketplace of ideas, public discourse is continuously being limited or eliminated. "

Read more: James Lopez, The Federalist
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From The Washington Post

"With its natural wood floors and plush upholstery, Carafem aims to feel more like a spa than a medical clinic. But the slick ads set to go up in Metro stations across the Washington region leave nothing to doubt: 'Abortion. Yeah, we do that.' The clinic, opening this week in tony Friendship Heights, specializes in the abortion pill and will be unique for its advertising. Its unabashed approach also reflects a new push to destigmatize the nation’s most controversial medical procedure by talking about it openly and unapologetically."

Read more: Sandhya Somashekhar, The Washington Post
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From The New York Times

"Like the Republican legislative leaders who said on Monday that they intended to clarify the law, the governor said he could not say what form that clarification might take. 'The language is still being worked out,' he said."

Read more: Richard Pérez-Peña, The New York Times
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From The Federalist

"In case you needed more proof that the recent backlash against religious freedom laws is grounded in pure ignorance, look no further than Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy. Malloy, a Democrat, just announced on Twitter that he plans to sign an executive order banning state travel to Indiana due to the midwestern state’s recently enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act."

Read more: Sean Davis, The Federalist
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From First Things

"Thousands of words pile up in dozens of news sources to make up for Lubitz’s silence in the cockpit. The pounding on the door behind him and the screaming of the passengers just before impact are recognizably human; under such conditions, his steady breathing is anything but. How much more intelligible would this act seem if there were even a sigh, the sound of weeping, or a muttered imprecation. Instead, Lubitz is a blank, and we are left to struggle for an account of the contents of his mind in the moments leading up to the tragedy."

Read more: Martyn Wendell Jones, First Thoughts, First Things
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From The New York Times

"The Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a case involving New York City’s ban on religious groups holding services in public school buildings, leaving in place a decision by a lower court that found the longstanding policy did not violate the Constitution. However, Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he would like to find a way for churches that rent school buildings on weekends to continue to hold their services there, and religious organizations have been pressing his administration to lift the ban."

Read more: Marc Santora and Adam Liptak, The New York Times
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From National Review Online

"The Left’s heart is still in East Berlin: If people want to leave your utopia and have the means to do so, then build a wall. If they climb over the wall -- as millions of low-income parents with children in private schools (very commonly Catholic schools) do -- then build a higher wall."

Read more: Kevin D. Williamson, National Review Online
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From The New York Daily News

"It’s the one story where spoilers are impossible.

"Still, National Geographic Channel is determined to make 'Killing Jesus' as dramatic as the channel’s recent projects, 'Killing Lincoln' and 'Killing Kennedy' were.

"Also as popular."

Read more: Jacqueline Cutler, The New York Daily News
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From The Guardian

"Choice can be a mixed blessing -- as you know if you’ve ever spent an evening browsing hundreds of titles on Netflix only to repair despondently to bed without watching a movie.

"Yet in politics -- and in American politics above all -- choice remains an unquestionably positive thing. All else being equal, choice is good; in a free society, citizens should have as much of it as they possibly can. That’s a view so widely held that howls of outrage will surely greet Choosing Not To Choose, a new book by legal scholar and former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein."

Read more: Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian
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From Crisis

"Likewise, in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, a battle began last week against a priest who gave permission to show a pro-life film, To Be Born, to a sixth grade CCD class. Described in the local newspaper as holding 'rabid anti-abortion views,' the priest—a pastor who is beloved and greatly respected by his faithful parishioners at St. Monica’s Catholic Church—was called a 'bully' in a front page story of the Wilkes Barre newspaper. Unfortunately, instead of fighting back with the truth of Catholic teachings on the sanctity of life, the priest has appeared to accept the criticism of showing a pro-life film to “sensitive” sixth graders by admitting that he 'showed poor judgment' in allowing the pro-life film to be shown. The CCD teacher who showed the pro-life film has resigned. She was already under attack from parents because she had the temerity to disclose to her students that 'not everyone goes to Heaven.'"

Read more: Anne Hendershott, Crisis

(H/T David Carlson)
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From The Washington Post

"When Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2012, the judges must have known about 'Frog,' the socially conscious novel he published in China in 2009. While his other recent books, such as 'Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out' and 'POW!,' have taken a Monty Python approach to depicting life under Mao Zedong and his successors, 'Frog' is a more serious affair. Available in English for the first time, it grapples with China’s controversial one-child policy."

Read more: Steven Moore, The Washington Post
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From Independent Women's Forum

"But it turns out that although Chatel might be going it alone raising  20-month-old Jessey, she's getting some help supporting him--from us taxpayers."

Read more: Charlotte Allen, Independent Women's Forum
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