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Super Tuesday, JFK reconsidered, McCartney and Jones, personhood defined, moral language lost, “I don’t bluff,” Santorum speaks - plus: Oscar winners, gambling losers, and Flying Wallendas
This week: Mitt Romney triumphs ahead of Super Tuesday but trips up on "rights of conscience" measure. Notable speeches: JFK and George Washington. Music: Paul McCartney's boyhood favorites and remembering Davy Jones. The "personhood" strategy and the loss of moral language. Also: Netanyahu, Obama, and Iran; "Let the Candidate Speak"; Oscar reviews; gambling and high-stakes politics; a trip Off the Beaten Path, and a look into the History Book.
Hour A, Segment 1
As Super Tuesday approaches, Romney (again) suffers a slip of the tongue
Senate defeats conscience-protection provision for religion-based employers
NYC churches get another reprieve in battle against city
New-media innovator Andrew Breitbart dies at 43
World News Group's Emily Belz reported on Gov. Mitt Romney's mixed signals in "What's my line?"
Read about the U.S. Senate vote against the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.
The Associated Press reported on the NYC churches story in "Court extends NYC church access to public schools."
The Los Angeles Times reported on the death of Andrew Breitbart.
Hour A, Segment 2
An America in which "the separation of church and state is absolute"?
George Washington bids farewell
Then-Sen. John F. Kennedy's Sept. 1960 address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association is available online from the John F. Kennedy Library.
Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes here about the Kennedy speech, and about current presidential candidate Rick Santorum's criticism of it.
George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address was not a speech. It was a written address published in Philadelphia's American Daily Advertiser. Learn more.
Hour A, Segment 3
Paul McCartney explores the Great American Songbook
Former Monkees' singer Davy Jones dies at 66
Arsenio Orteza covers music for World News Group. See video excerpts of Paul McCartney performing songs from his latest album here.
Hour A, Segment 4
Pro-life legislation meets stiff resistance in Virginia
The 'Personhood' strategy
Memorial unveiled for slaves who helped build the U.S. Capitol
Paul Butler is a general-assignment reporter for The World and Everything in It. Some audio in this segment was provided courtesy of NBC-12 in Richmond, Va.
Learn more about Personhood USA.
See the new Slave Labor Commemorative Marker (PDF) at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. In 2005, the Capitol's architectural historian produced a report titled "History of Slave Laborers in the Construction of the United States Capitol" (PDF).
Hour A, Segment 5
The language of morality goes over the heads of many Americans
Commentator Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated columnist. He appears regularly on the Fox News Channel.
Hour B, Segment 1
U.S., Iran, and Israel
Deathwatch for Iranian pastor?
Economy improving, but cautions remain
Judge blocks another provision of Arizona immigration-enforcement law
Read the congressional resolution (PDF) condemning the Iranian government for sentencing to death Youcef Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor who renounced Islam.
Hour B, Segment 2
TW&E Series: Let the Candidate Speak
Ahead of the March 6 Super Tuesday primaries, we're featuring presentations by the four leading GOP presidential candidates.
This week, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania reads from his 2005 book, It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good. (Sound is from the audio edition of the book and is provided courtesy of Oasis Audio.)
Rick Santorum's campaign website is here.
Hour B, Segment 3
Hour B, Segment 4
Feds shut down popular online-gambling site
Kentucky Senate quashes governor's attempt to expand gambling
Help for compulsive gamblers
Off the Beaten Path—with Steve Moore
The Associated Press reported on federal action against Bodog.com.
Read "Southern Baptists Help Kill Casino Gambling in Kentucky" from the Institute on Religion and Democracy.
Learn more about former compulsive gambler Arnie Wexler, who now helps gambling addicts.
Hour B, Segment 5
The TW&E History Book
March 5, 1770 — Taunted by a crowd of angry Massachusetts colonists, British soldiers open fire, killing five and injuring 11 in what became known as the Boston Massacre.
March 3, 1931 — President Herbert Hoover signs into law a bill making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the U.S. national anthem. The text of the song was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key.
March 3, 1951 — In Memphis, Tenn., Jackie Brenston his band the Delta Cats record "Rocket 88," widely regarded as "the first rock-and-roll record."