RNS Updated Budget — Tuesday, January 28, 2020

NEWS STORY
RNS-Falwell-Vexit: Liberty University's Falwell throws support behind 'Vexit'
(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, has voiced his support for efforts to allow counties in Virginia unhappy with the state’s Democratic legislature to join West Virginia. By Jack Jenkins. 500 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Liberty-Debate: Liberty University's debate between religious liberals and conservatives hits a snag
(RNS) — A proposed debate between liberal Christian leaders and representatives from Liberty University, a theologically conservative evangelical Christian school, has been pushed back, with participants unable to agree on a topic or a date for the event. By Jack Jenkins. 770 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Brown-Church: For some progressive Latinos, grappling with their Christian identity can be complicated
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — In his upcoming book, "Brown Church," UCLA professor Robert Chao Romero highlights a 500-year history of Latino Christian social justice activism in Latin America and the United States. For Chao Romero, it's important to highlight this legacy for Latinos "who feel in the spiritual borderlands." By Alejandra Molina. 1,334 words (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Singh-Oped: Expanded travel ban gives world's democracies more cover for anti-Muslim measures
(RNS) — Trump's plan to expand his Muslim ban is as discriminatory, immoral and unconstitutional as his previous edicts. It's also part of an alarming trend of ostensibly democratic nation-states targeting Muslims. By Simran Jeet Singh. 720 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Salkin-Oped: Why Jews like Mike
(RNS) — You could do far worse than to analyze the Jewish identities of the two Jews who are now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg. By Jeffrey Salkin. 950 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Burton-Oped: Making sense of Mr. Peanut's senseless death
(RNS) — Rarely has the heroic sacrifice been manufactured quite so cravenly as in the death of Mr. Peanut. Just as brands are becoming self-proclaimed moral arbiters — selling us fantasies of feminism and spiritual self-care — so too are they becoming the repository of our storytelling. By Tara Isabella Burton. 692 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Reese-Oped: Pope Francis remakes the American hierarchy, one bishop at a time
(RNS) — With the replacement of Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput with Nelson Perez, the U.S. church has given up its conservative intellectual leader in return for a pastoral bishop who is most comfortable being with his people. By Thomas Reese. 750 words. (category: k)