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CHELSEA MANNING TO GO FREE Obama commutes sentence of ex-soldier

President Obama commuted the vast majority of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents, the White House announced Tuesday. The White House said that Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening. Obama is also pardoning 64 people, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who was charged

Freedom of Association Isn’t Just for the Rockettes

Jeff Jacoby, LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE connected to Donald Trump, even the entertainment at his inauguration is generating controversy. The stories have been a godsend to the talk-shows and tabloids. But they have also provided a reminder of something too easily forgotten: Freedom of association is a vital human right. According to news accounts, Jackie Evancho

West Virginia official who called Michelle Obama ‘ape in heels’ fired

The director of a West Virginia nonprofit agency who called first lady Michelle Obama “an ape in heels” in a Facebook post has been fired and the institution put under outside management, state officials said on Tuesday. Pamela Taylor, director of the Clay County Development Corp (CCDC), which provides services to poor and elderly residents,

Trump win emboldens Christmas display proponents — much to atheists’ chagrin

Andrea Noble, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad joined Christian leaders and residents at an event last week to celebrate the first ever display of a traditional Nativity scene inside the state Capitol in Des Moines. Five days later, members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation were on hand to install a secular display of their own

The War on Christians Enough is Enough Already

Bethany Blankley, Prominent Southern Baptist leaders argue that Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the “moral and public policy arm” of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), should no longer be on the SBC’s payroll. For years his consistent commitment to divisiveness has now moved beyond being “out of touch” with the ERLC’s

School choirs barred from performing at annual Nativity celebration in N. Carolina

Todd Starnes, School children in Wake County, North Carolina will no longer be allowed to sing Christmas carols at an annual Nativity celebration after they received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers. The Freedom From Religion Foundation said the performances at the annual Apex Christmas

PETITION: Defend Independent Media From ‘Fake News’ Attacks #SpeakFreely

Ask President-elect Donald Trump to take a stand against the establishment’s desperate move to label independent media as ‘fake news’. This is a red level emergency. Infowars, Breitbart, the Drudge Report and other independent sources are destroying the mainstream media narrative like never before, and the establishment is getting desperate. In an effort to try

Pence says no need for apology after ‘Hamilton’ jeers, lecture

Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke publicly Sunday for the first time about the mixed reception he received while attending a performance of the musical “Hamilton,” saying he doesn’t want an apology from the Broadway cast and that the audience’s boos and cheers “is what freedom sounds like.” Pence, a Republican, attended the show Friday night.