While giving a speech in Kansas City, President Obama had an interesting exchange with a heckler yesterday. About three minutes into his speech, a woman began shouting from an upper balcony. Before she was removed by security, the president asked, “I'm sorry, what are you hollering about?” allowing the woman to yell back, “'Jesus is the God of Israel. He is fully God.” As she was being escorted out by police, President Obama responded, “'I believe in God. Thanks for the prayer. Amen. Thank you.” And of course, with that, he finally bridged the gap—once and for all—between himself and his conservative religious critics ... Discuss

The future is now, and it is terrifying. In the video below, the leader of the free world meets one of the future overlords of humanity at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Japan. Officially, the trip was meant to underscore a science and technology partnership between the two nations, but it’s safe to assume that the President was most likely beginning early negotiations with the robots who will inevitably soon be ruling the world. Sure, today it’s all fun and games—kicking soccer balls and arrogantly jumping on one foot. But that’s just how it starts. We all know what the future looks like. That creepy robot child isn’t fooling anyone ... Discuss

Under the direction of the Obama administration, the U.S. may soon dramatically curb the number of immigrants regularly deported from the United States. According to the AP, if the new policy is adopted by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, moves to deport “immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records” would be very limited. As this story notes, the revised policy could protect thousands of immigrants being deported “solely because they committed repeat immigration violations” ... Discuss

For the first time since Pope Francis has been the leader of the Catholic Church, he is meeting with President Obama. The president was invited to the Vatican to discuss a variety of issues with the pope today, and though Obama has expressed admiration for Pope Francis, there’s speculation that the meeting may become touchy at times.

Officials from both sides have said that the conversation will be focused on topics of shared values and priorities, but prior to the visit, Vatican Radio—which, according to USA Today “is considered an official organ of communication for the church“— released a story addressing U.S. policy issues at odds with Vatican teaching. It said that the meeting "will take place in the content of a complex phase of the administration's relations of the Church of the United States, marked, in particular, by controversy on the implementation of health care reform having to do with the rules on mandatory health care coverage of sterilization, contraception, and abortion; and on other issues at the center of the public debate in the United States, such as the legalization of homosexual marriages” ... Discuss

During a speech discussing his new “My Brother's Keeper" initiative to aid disadvantaged youth, President Obama opened up about how he could relate to the difficult circumstances facing many minority young people across the country. During the event, he said, “The stubborn fact is that the life chances of the average black or brown child in this country lags behind by almost every measure and is worse for boys and young men.” He also said that growing up without a father in the house can often to even more difficulties, and said he knew the pain of growing up with his dad not around. “I didn't have a dad in the house. And I was angry about it, even though I didn't necessarily realize it at the time … I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn't always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses.”

The president also cited stats that showed how fatherless, minority boys are more likely to be the victims of crime or end up in prison, adding, "The worst part is we become numb to these statistics. We just assume this is an inevitable part of American life instead of the outrage that it is.” According to this story, the new initiative is a partnership between government programs, private companies and non-profits to aid in “early child development, parenting programs, and those stressing literacy and discipline.” So far, a group of philanthropic foundations have already committed to contributing more than $200 million to My Brother’s Keeper in the next five years ... Discuss

This week we talk to President Obama's former "Pastor-in-Chief" and longtime spiritual advisor, Joshua DuBois. DuBois led the White House faith-based initiative during Obama's first term, and has just released his new book, "The President's Devotional." The book provides 365 of the best readings and prayers he sent the President every morning and is full of ways to start each morning with grace and joy. Read More