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Lerner retires, the new military and religious freedom, Lila Rose
Today’s news and a report on the surprise retirement of controversial former IRS employee Lois Lerner, the official at the heart of the political targeting scandal, plus: part two of a three-part series on the clash between religious freedom and military imperatives two years after repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” an interview with pro-life activist Lila Rose for our New Christian Voices series, and more.
Iran: President Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani both spoke up for improved relations and a resumption of stalled nuclear talks at the U.N. The leaders' separate appearances at the United Nations General Assembly came amid heightened speculation about a thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations following the election of Rouhani, a more-moderate sounding cleric. Obama and Rouhani traded their public messages, instead of a face-to-face meeting, during addresses hours apart at the annual U.N. meetings.
Kenya attack: Kenya's president declared an end to the four-day siege of a Nairobi mall by al-Qaida-linked terrorists. President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation that was delayed for hours as gunbattles persisted at the upscale Westgate mall: "Kenya has stared down evil and triumphed." Kenyatta says he can’t confirm it, but “intelligence reports had suggested that a British woman and two or three American citizens may have been involved in the attack.”
Religion: Christian students nationwide rose early this morning for an annual event called See You at the Pole. Correspondent Steve Coleman reports.
Business: Stocks were down early on Tuesday. By midday, they had recovered their earlier losses, though trading remained volatile. Gains were limited as investors remained cautious, still uncertain about what both the Fed and Congress are going to do.
You can’t fire me. I retire!
A retirement party in Washington: It’s Lois Lerner who’s getting the gold watch, as it were. She’s the official at the heart of the IRS political targeting scandal, the targeting of the Tea Party. She’s the one who took the Fifth instead of giving testimony in a congressional investigation into her role in it. She’s been on paid administrative leave all summer — and now that summer has turned to fall, Lois Lerner has turned to retirement. TW&E correspondent Jim Henry reports.
Part 2: LGBT rights, religious freedom, and the new military
Two years after “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal: the second of a three-part series on the clash between the military’s normalization of open homosexuality in the armed services and the religious liberty of servicemembers who object. A current investigation of a sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base raises the question of whether the new military can tolerate religious orthodoxy.
New Christian Voices series: Lila Rose
WORLD News Group’s Warren Cole Smith talks with the founder of Live Action about her undercover video investigations of Planned Parenthood.
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