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Planned Parenthood and fraud, electoral politics, reconnecting with Scripture, Cal Thomas and the March
Today’s news and a report on America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, agreeing to a settlement with prosecutors over charges it attempted to defraud the government, plus: a discussion on politics in Virginia and the race for control of the Senate, the second of a two-part series on groups that are trying new—and old—methods to try to get people to reconnect with the Scriptures, Commentator Cal Thomas offers a personal recollection of attending the history-making March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963, and more
Wednesday morning news
Egypt developments: Brotherhood leader jailed, U.S. cutoff of aid mulled.
Politics: Embattled San Diego mayor tries to hold on to office amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment.
Health: Americans’ take-home pay falls as health premiums outpace wages, says Kaiser Family Foundation report, noting premiums topped $16,000 for the first time ever.
Business/economy: Wall Street finished down 8 points to remain essentially flat … and though it ended in negative territory, the trading day slowed the market’s biggest losing streak of the year. Positive reports from major retailers put the brakes on the slide.
Blowing the whistle on Planned Parenthood
Last year, Planned Parenthood performed 330,000 abortions in America, and received over a half billion dollars in taxpayer funding. But the organization’s bottom line took a hit late last week as news broke that the nation’s largest abortion provider had agreed to pay between 4 and 5 million dollars to settle a fraud suit brought by a whistleblower.
The race for the Senate
Obamacare is sure to be a central concern in next year's midterm elections, in which control of the U.S. Senate will be up for grabs. And it's one of the big topics being debated in a critical gubernatorial contest to be decided later this year. For an update on those races, TW&E’s Kent Covington speaks with Jennifer Marsico of the American Enterprise Institute.
Getting people to engage the Bible
Most Christians in America don’t read the Bible regularly. Today, WORLD News Group’s Christina Darnell reports on groups that are trying new—and old—methods to try to get people to reconnect with the Scriptures. (Second of a two-part series.)
Biblica's Community Bible Experience encourages communities of faith to read the New Testament together in eight weeks. The program promotes The Books of the Bible, which includes all the books of the New Testament in a single column format without chapter references (added in the 1300s) and verse markings (added in the 1500s). The program also includes the Bible in audio format.
Much of the research conducted by the Center for Bible Engagement can be found in the book UnStuck (Bethany House, 2012) written by Arnie Cole and Michael Ross. You can find more of their research and services at centerforbibleengagement.org.
Cal Thomas recalls the 1963 March on Washington
Commentator Cal Thomas offers a personal recollection of attending the history-making March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.