Last Week, Today: ​The Ultimate Exit Interview

Essential Reads on Faith, Politics & Culture

Last week, Michael launched a new website, as well as a new resource he created: “5 Questions Christians Should Ask Before Voting.” You can receive the resource by visiting and signing up for it, or because you are already receiving this newsletter, just reply to this email and Michael will send you the pdf of the document. Finally, Michael was able to speak about "Christian Faithfulness and Modern American Politics” last night at Door Creek Church in Madison, WI. A picture from the event is at the end of this newsletter. More updates from Michael on the election and Reclaiming Hope to come soon!

The Ultimate Exit Interview

Doris Kearns Goodwin, a biographer of several US presidents, and Barack Obama met to talk about "peculiar ambitions," haunting decisions, and how Obama thinks of himself in the context of those who have gone before him.

When It comes to Baskets, We're all Deplorable

JD Vance responds in The New York Times to Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment. "Those with morally objectionable viewpoints can still be good people," Vance writes. "Most of us fall into another basket altogether: One where prejudice — even implicit — coexists with incredible compassion and decency."

How Civil Society in the EU & US is “Countering Violent Extremism”

Melissa writes about a recent report published by the British Council, along with Georgia State University and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, that explores the ways in which civil society organizations are working towards countering violent extremism.

The Best News You Don't Know

Most Americans, regardless of political views, believe that global poverty has worsened or remained steady in the past 20 years. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. Nicholas Kristof reports.

The Definitive Story of How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Came to Be

In 1915, a group of African-American veterans of the Civil War proposed a museum to commemorate African-American history in Washington. That idea has finally come to fruition. The director of the museum, Lonnie Bunch, narrates how the museum came to be and how it tells the story of America's identity.

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