Dec. 1, 2012
The World and Everything in It

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Middle East tension, Nigeria church bombing, fiscal cliff, religious freedom lawsuits, ‘Favorite Songs of Christmas,’ Cal Thomas commentary, 'heroic' conservatism

Israel, Palestinians and the UN, fiscal cliff, Nigeria church bombing, Ralph Reed on future of GOP conservatism, Michael Gerson on 'heroic' conservatism, Christmas music reviews, Joy Pullmann on teacher fraud, Supreme Court roundup, Cal Thomas on Egypt's new 'pharaoh,' Benghazi and Susan Rice, Warren Cole Smith on markets and the economy, Marvin Olasky on the history of journalism, update on Obamacare lawsuits, holiday special 'Favorite Songs of Christmas,' The History Book, and more.

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Program Segments

Hour A, Segment 1

Israel, Palestinians, and the UN
Dancing on the edge of the 'fiscal cliff'
'Reign of terror' continues in Nigeria with another church bombing

Kent Covington is a political reporter for The World and Everything in It.

Steve Coleman is the religion editor for The Associated Press. Almost a dozen people were killed, and many more wounded, this past Sunday when two car bombs exploded at a church in northern Nigeria.

To learn more about the long-running series of attacks on Christians in Nigeria, read "Standing with the brethren" from the Dec. 15 issue of WORLD Magazine.

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Hour A, Segment 2

Should GOP leave abortion issue 'alone' to win more votes?
'Heroic' conservatism

Ralph Reed is CEO of public affairs firm Century Strategies and also chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Wall Street Journal subscribers can read his recent column "Round up the usual social conservative suspects."

Michael Gerson was a senior policy advisor in the George W. Bush White House and is now a columnist for The Washington Post.

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Hour A, Segment 3

Music review: Assembling the perfect Christmas compilation

Arsenio Orteza covers music for WORLD News Group. Read his recent reviews "Christmas mix," published in the Dec. 1 issue of WORLD Magazine.

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Hour A, Segment 4

Teachers in three states involved in test-taking fraud
Supreme Court roundup

Joy Pullmann covers education stories for WORLD News Group. She is also editor of School Reform News. Follow her on Twitter @joypullmann.

The U.S. Justice Deparment is investigating incidents of fraud related to teacher certification in at least three states. Authorities say a long-running cheating scam in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas involved would-be teachers hiring stand-ins to take certification exams.

Mary Reichard is the legal affairs correspondent for The World and Everything in It.

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Hour A, Segment 5

Commentator Cal Thomas: Egypt's new 'pharaoh'

Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated columnist. Read his recent column "'Pharaoh' Morsi." Follow him on Twitter @CalThomas.

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Hour B, Segment 1

Benghazi and Susan Rice
Online holiday sales jump, brick-and-mortar commerce suffers
Housing market rebound?

Kent Covington covers politics and current events for The World and Everything in It.

Warren Cole Smith covers markets and the economy for WORLD News Group. Read his regular column "Signs and Wonders." Follow him on Twitter @warrencolesmith.

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Hour B, Segment 2

'The Founders loved journalism. Should we?'

Marvin Olasky is editor in chief of WORLD News Group, and he serves as the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College in Virginia.

You can watch his full lecture here, hosted by Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.

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Hour B, Segment 3

Tyndale House wins preliminary victory against Obamacare mandate
Other Obamacare lawsuits

Several for-profit companies have filed lawsuits challenging the federal mandate that forces employers to provide abortion-causing drugs in their health insurance coverage.

So far, Tyndale House and a small Missouri-based business, O'Brien Industrial Holdings LLC, have been granted preliminary injunctions. The arts-and-crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby has been denied court relief.

The Supreme Court has now granted Christian college Liberty University its day in court on an Obamacare challenge after previously denying a hearing.

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Hour B, Segment 4

December mini-series: Listeners weigh in on 'Favorite Songs of Christmas'

This week we feature songs recommended by two of our listeners: Leslie Morrison of Arizona likes Mary, Did You Know? by Mark Lowry, and Roger Brannon of Florida likes Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters.

Check out Roger's 2008 book, Dog Gone It! The True Story of Elko. Roger went blind in right eye at age 11 and left eye at age 25. In the book, Roger writes about how God helped him overcome his dislike of dogs and provided for him through a special guide dog named Elko.

Tell us about your favorite Christmas music, and you could be featured on a future Favorite Songs of Christmas segment. Email us at Christmas@worldandeverything.com.

Tell us about your favorite song overall and your favorite recording — and be sure to include your name, the city or town where you live, and how you heard about our program.

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Hour B, Segment 5

The TW&E History Book

Dec. 1, 1824—The House of Representatives convenes in accordance with the 12th Amendment to the United States Constitution to decide the presidential election, because no candidate had received a majority in the Electoral College. John Quincy Adams is chosen the winner over Andrew Jackson.

Dec. 1, 1955—In Montgomery, Ala., seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city's racial segregation laws, an incident that leads to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Dec. 3, 1984—More than 3,000 people die after a cloud of gas escapes from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.

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