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my mother, Mary Ellen Bell Turner, who
inspired me to keep on stepping. The words I
have learned to live by came from my mother:
“Keep on stepping.” Don’t let anybody stop you
from doing what the Lord tells you to do.
DONALD TRUMP’S SON ERIC WAS GLOWING when he sat down at a Cleveland restaurant next to Orlando pastor Paula White. “Your prayer did it, Paula,” Eric told her. The younger Trump’s teleprompter had broken the night before as he prepared to address the
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An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.
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MEL GIBSON MAY NOT ALWAYS BE A good director, but he’s never a stupid one. Hacksaw Ridge, his fifth feature, is blunt and effective, a picture cannily crafted for maximum effect. Whatever subtlety appears onscreen comes from its anchor performance by
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With visits to one of Greece’s holiest places, the Russian President casts himself as protector of the faith
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LIKE A LOT OF WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, I’VE TAKEN UP yoga. And because I don’t go halfway on my clichés, I’ve done immersion yoga weekends, learned the Sanskrit names for various ways of being upside down and at least once referred to “my practice.” S
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SARAH BEGLEY IN HER NEW NOVEL THE Wonder, Emma Donoghue (Room) again tells the story of a woman struggling to protect a vulnerable child. Anna O’Donnell is a Catholic girl in 1850s Ireland who has not eaten since her 11th birthday, four months befor
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ANDREW SULLIVAN THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, I heard no specific policy proposals to tackle clearly stated public problems. It is almost as if governing, for the Republican right, is fundamentally about an attitude, rather than about experience or practical
How the GOP nominee won over a scion of the Bible Belt—and America’s evangelical base
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IN A DUSTY, RUN-DOWN CHURCH IN TINY ANNVILLE, Texas, a man of the cloth named Jesse Custer tells his flock the world is falling apart: “And you know what? It’s all your fault. You’ve turned your back on the Lord. Your despair has caused you to lose f
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