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Gun control and Benghazi accountability, a new public-policy leader, and renewing the liberal arts
Today’s news and a look at gun-control arguments in the wake of the deadly attack on the Washington Navy Yard, plus: congressional committees ramp up their investigations into the year-old Benghazi terrorist attack, public-policy leader of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination installed, WORLD News Group’s Marvin Olasky on Christians and the liberal arts, and more.
Remembering Navy Yard victims: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and military officials held a solemn tribute at the U.S. Navy Memorial on Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. Hagel was joined by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey in laying a wreath at the memorial's "Lone Sailor" statue. A service member played "Taps," and military officials saluted.
Alexis’ past: A month before he went on the shooting rampage that killed 12 people, Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis complained to police in Rhode Island that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings of his hotel rooms and sending microwave vibrations into his body to deprive him of sleep. The account adds to the picture that has emerged of an agitated and erratic figure whose behavior and mental state had repeatedly come to authorities' attention but didn't seem to affect his security clearance.
Gun control: White House says the president hasn't stopped pushing for reform, was making executive changes to federal rules and reiterated his commitment to strengthening gun laws, including expanding background checks to sales online, and at gun shows
HHS mandate: U.S. district judge orders the Obama administration not to enforce a provision of its new health law against another small employer, citing federal protections for religious freedom. The provision requires insurance plans include coverage for artificial birth control and abortifacient drugs.
Money/markets: U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday. The rise was based on expectations the Federal Reserve will make only modest changes to a monetary policy that has been highly supportive of stocks and other assets.
More guns, less crime
In the wake of Monday’s attack on Washington Navy Yard personnel, TW&E political correspondent Kent Covington interviews policy analyst John Lott, author of More Guns Less Crime, on the renewed debate over gun control.
John Lott is also the author of newly released book Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges off the Bench (2013, Bascom Hill).
House committees to intensify Benghazi probe
TW&E reporter Jim Henry on the four congressional committee hearings this week continuing their probe into the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. installations in Benghazi.
Nation’s largest Protestant group installs new public-policy leader
At a ceremony last week in Washington, Russell Moore was inaugurated as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The SBC is America’s largest Protestant body.
Read the full text of Dr. Moore’s inaugural address here.