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James Lankford
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James Lankford



‘States that like their Obamacare can keep their Obamacare.’

U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., on the Health Care Compact, legislation that would transfer healthcare decisions and revenue from the federal government to states. It needs congressional approval to become law, but eight states have already signed on: Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

‘It shows how big God is.’

Sharon Hart, a leukemia patient at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, after a large message her 14-year-old son William stomped out on the hospital parking lot outside her window gained national attention through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The message was: “Hi Mom God Bless U.”

‘You feel as if you did things the right way and you are penalized for it.’

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Naturalized citizen Mukul Varma on delays in legally bringing his wife to the United States from India. Citizenship and Immigration Services is reportedly granting a high priority to processing the children of illegal immigrants who were granted amnesty last year by President Obama, causing lengthy delays for Americans seeking green cards for foreign spouses and other close relatives. Approvals for visas for these legal immigrants reportedly can take up to 15 months now. 

‘DO bring photo identification ... with you and keep it on your person at all times.’

NAACP, in written instructions to demonstrators in North Carolina for a Feb. 8 protest, in part, against voter identification proposals.

‘I was an activist. ... I helped make this world, so I really feel for students.’

Rosaria Butterfield, in an interview with The Wheaton Record, on her two-hour meeting with students at Wheaton College who demonstrated against her appearance there on Jan. 31. The former lesbian, who authored The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert and taught for 10 years at Syracuse University in its English and Women Studies program, said students she met with “believed firmly that there’s a legitimate Christian position to be held in a gay-affirming way.”


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