President Obama gave a stirring eulogy at the funeral for the Rev. Clamenta Pinckney, the pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston who was one of the nine people killed by a racist shooter last week at one of the church’s prayer meetings. “We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith,” Obama said. Read More

At The White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend, director Steven Spielberg debuted a sneak peek of his latest presidential biopic, Obama. And from the looks of this preview, just like in Lincoln, Obama star, Daniel Day Lewis’ transformation is stunning. To see the other completely serious moments from the event (including what Barack looks like with Michelle’s bangs), you can watch hereDiscuss

A new info-graphic from design group Pitch Interactive charts the causalities of drone attacks in Pakistan on a timeline dating back to 2004. The interactive chart pulls in data from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the New America Foundation and shows the number of fatalities (and identifies who was killed—high profile targets, combatants, civilians or children), the location of the attacks and when they took place. As the Economist points out, there is a noticeable spike in attacks in late 2009, when the drone program was ramped up … Discuss

President Obama landed in Israel today—the first visit to the nation in his presidency. White House officials say that the two-day trip isn’t a mission to discuss any specific peace initiative between Israelis and Palestinians, but is rather an effort in “deepening the relationship” with the Israeli people. Obama was immediately greeted by President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and told reporters waiting at the tarmac, “I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our two nations … We stand together because we share a common history. We stand together because peace must come to the Holy Land.” The president only briefly mentioned Israel’s “neighbor” (and didn’t mention the Palestinians by name). He went on to say, “I walk with you on the historic homeland of the Jewish people,” and referred to Israelis as “the sons of Abraham and daughters of Sarah” … Discuss

It may come as good news for the faith-based nonprofits and companies who have expressed protest at the health care mandate requiring insurance coverage of contraceptives that may have an abortifacient effect. President Obama announced today that a compromise to the mandate may be in sight. His proposal is to enact measures that will more clearly define religious organizations and their exemption eligibility, while also creating ways to dilute the direct connection between the contraceptive coverage of an employee and the religious organization they work for. Yet this new proposal only applies to faith-based organizations, and individual business owners whose faith conflicts with the mandate—like Hobby Lobby—are still subject to it. Discuss

The Time for Immigration Reform Is Now

Lynne Hybels on what President Obama's announcement means for reforming a broken system. Read More