DeSantis won’t condemn Musk for endorsing an antisemitic post. ‘I did not see the comment,’ he says.

By Will Weissert — November 21, 2023
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The governor also said he opposes antisemitism “across the board,” no matter if it comes from the right or left of the ideological spectrum.
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Progressive Minnesota US Rep. Ilhan Omar draws prominent primary challenger

By Steve Karnowski — November 13, 2023
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The war in the Middle East has already divided Democrats and upended the dynamics of some House primaries.

Support for Israel becomes a top issue for Iowa evangelicals key to the first Republican caucuses

By Thomas Beaumont — October 25, 2023
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Support for Israel has leapt to a top priority for evangelicals in the leadoff Republican presidential caucuses now less than three months away, according to interviews with more than a dozen Iowa conservative activists.

Are white evangelical pastors at odds with their congregants? A new study says no.

By Yonat Shimron — August 9, 2023
(RNS) — A new study shows white evangelical clergy are as conservative, if not more so, as the people in their churches.

Vivek Ramaswamy and the Christian language of Hinduism

By Richa Karmarkar — July 28, 2023
(RNS) — Like many Republican candidates for president, Vivek Ramaswamy has been outspoken about religion on the campaign trail. But his Hindu faith has caused controversy among some evangelicals who view non-Christian religions with skepticism.

Poll: US Jews overwhelmingly backed Democrats in midterms

By Yonat Shimron — November 10, 2022
(RNS) — American Jews have strained in the past few months under a barrage of antisemitic attacks. Fears for democracy were first on their minds.

Abortion rights scored the biggest midterm victory

By Yonat Shimron and Jack Jenkins — November 9, 2022
(RNS) — Not only did voters support abortion rights ballot measures, they probably also helped Democrats stave off a red wave.

The American Renewal Project wants to mobilize pastors for the Republican Party

By Yonat Shimron — November 4, 2022
(RNS) — The goal is to bring Christianity back into the public square.

Oz’s Senate bid could be a Muslim first but is ‘complicated’

By Marc Levy — August 25, 2022
(AP) – Dr. Mehmet Oz, who calls himself a “secular Muslim," would be the first of his faith to ever serve in the U.S. Senate chamber if elected this fall.

Iraq Shiite cleric behind parliament sit-in steps up demands

By Samya Kullab — August 10, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Sadr's political rivals in the Coordination Framework, an alliance of Iran-backed parties, said earlier that the parliament would have to convene to dissolve itself.

In Sri Lanka, Buddhist monks’ involvement in protests raises familiar questions

By Haley Barker — August 4, 2022
(RNS) — The connection between monks and political figures has reportedly diminished some monks’ respectability.

EXPLAINER: What’s behind the storming of Iraq’s parliament?

By Qassim Abdul-zahra and Samya Kullab — July 29, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) - Wednesday's storming of parliament came after al-Sadr's Tehran-backed political rival, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, nominated a pro-Iran politician to be Iraq's new leader.

Iraqi cleric shows power as thousands attend mass prayer

By Qassim Abdul-zahra — July 18, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — The event was among the largest gatherings of al-Sadr’s followers after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.
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