Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md.

COMMENTARY: Understanding the faith of Cathy McMorris Rodgers

SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) While those of us in Spokane are already familiar with our congresswoman, little is known about her alma mater, Pensacola Christian College. A brief introduction to PCC might help illuminate some of the formative ideas that have shaped the faith and religious views of this rising star within the GOP.

Sarah Palin, seen here campaigning with husband Todd in Lakewood, Ohio, in 2008, started her political career talking about her Christian faith but has since backed off, says biographer Stephen Mansfield. RNS file photo by Tracy Boulian/The Plain Dealer

Sarah Palin to write Christmas book

(RNS) Sarah Palin’s new book on Christmas will argue that “it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored,” she says.