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Income inequality and Obama’s remedy, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Clay Crosse
Today’s news and analysis of the president’s main talking point in his series of economic speeches, the problem of income inequality and his proposed remedy, plus: commentary on the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, “the wrath of God” no match for mainline denomination’s hymn committee, an interview with singer/songwriter Clay Crosse, and more
Thursday morning news
“Phony scandal” Benghazi intrudes at yesterday’s White House press briefing, after CBS News tracked down the deadly terror attack’s top suspect, whom the FBI has yet to interview.
Obama visits Capitol Hill to buck up fretful Democrats as they prepare to recess for August and face constituents two months before another big budget showdown.
A week after the NSA’s surveillance program barely survived a House vote, Senate opposition picks up steam and the agency says it’s open to trimming the reach of the program.
Egypt: Morsi backers, military government position for another clash and a new round of violence.
Markets: Bad news cheers traders because it likely means the Federal Reserve will continue monetary stimulus that’s been driving Wall Street.
Analysis: The president’s main economic talking point, income redistribution
President Obama’s latest stump speech: “… a few at the top were doing better and better, but most families were working harder and harder just to get by. And reversing that trend [is] my highest priority.” His treasury secretary picked up on the theme: “The problem of income inequality is at the core of what the president spoke to this week.” We discuss whether this Washington problem is actually a real problem.
Commentary: Another Israeli-Palestinian peace process, another failure?
Columnist Cal Thomas: “In the face of so much evidence that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be ended by more Israeli concessions and prisoner releases, why is Secretary of State Kerry pursuing what hasn’t worked and can’t work?”
Mainline denomination rejects popular hymn because of reference to “wrath of God”
The hymnal committee of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted down inclusion of Keith Getty and Stuart Townend’s popular hymn, “In Christ Alone.”
Singer/songwriter Clay Crosse
WORLD News Group’s Warren Smith talks with Crosse, winner of multiple Dove Awards, who recently released his first album of new music in 10 years.