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News, reviews, and interviews: The Santorum stumble and the battle for religious conscience rights, Mitt Romney speaks, technology and books, and a look at the Academy Awards
In this week's program: Rick Santorum bogs down in final debate ahead of Arizona and Michigan primaries, the rights of conscience and religious freedom win crucial support, a preview of the Academy Awards, Mitt Romney speaks, and "How the Potato Changed the World." Plus: Afghanistan and the Quran, Iran and nuclear weapons, population growth, mystery novels, the markets, and the history book.
Hour A, Segment 1
Frontrunner Santorum suffers the slings and arrows
Suit against UT-Austin asks court to end race-based admissions policy
Federal court upholds conscience protections for pharmacists
- World News Group's Edward Lee Pitts reported on Tuesday's presidential debate in "In the spotlight." Full video of the debate is here.
- Learn more about Abigail Fisher's lawsuit against the University of Texas at Austin.
- Read the Becket Fund news release, "Court Strikes Down Law Requiring Pharmacies to Dispense the Morning-After Pill."
Hour A, Segment 2
More colleges file lawsuits in response to Obama administration's birth-control insurance mandate
Religious leaders send letter to President Obama protesting the mandate
- In all, five schools are now suing over the Obama administration's insurance mandate related to contraceptives and abortion-causing drugs. Read "Colleges in court" and "Spread attack" by World News Group's Leigh Jones.
- The protest letter signed by more than 2,500 pastors and religious leaders is here.
- On Friday, the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission issued a two-page fact sheet on the mandate titled "The Threat to Religious Freedom: The Obama Administration's Contraceptives Mandate" (PDF).
Hour A, Segment 3
Why do relatively unpopular films dominate the Academy Awards?
- Megan Basham is the entertainment editor for World News Group.
- Read her article "Oscar's filter" from the Feb. 25 issue of WORLD Magazine.
Hour A, Segment 4
Hour A, Segment 5
America's fertility rate is best in the West, but to whom much is given ...
- Commentator Joel Belz is the founder of WORLD Magazine.
Hour B, Segment 1
Afghans riot despite U.S. apology for inadvertent Quran burning at a military base
Stocks and gas prices rise
Iran snubs International Atomic Energy Agency on nuclear program
Hour B, Segment 2
TW&E Series: Let the Candidate Speak
Ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries on March 6, we're featuring presentations by the four leading GOP presidential candidates.
This week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's reads from his book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (sound is from the audio edition of his book and is provided courtesy of Macmillan Audio). Romney's campaign website is here.
Hour B, Segment 3
The TW&E Book Nook: 4 recent mysteries
Susan Olasky is the books and lifestyle editor for World News Group. This week, she talks about The Queen by Steven James, The Hunter by John Lescroart, All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen, and The Blind Spy by Alex Dryden.
- Susan writes about these recent mysteries in the Feb. 25 issue of WORLD Magazine.
Hour B, Segment 4
Southern Baptist leaders embrace proposal for alternate denominational name
TW&E's Nick Eicher shines in Name That Tune competition
Hour B, Segment 5
The TW&E History Book
- Feb. 25, 1870 — Hiram R. Revels, R-Miss., becomes the first black member of the United States Senate.
- Feb. 25, 1913 — The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to levy and collect an income tax. Such a tax previously had been ruled unconstitutional.
- Feb. 26, 1993 — A bomb explodes in a parking garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000. That terrorist attack was carried out by Islamist militants, all of whom were captured, convicted, and sentenced.