Phew. Congressional leaders say they reached an agreement in principle to avert another partial government shutdown. Southern Baptist church leaders are confronting a sex abuse scandal. And space could be the battlefield of the future.
Congressional negotiators said they reached a dealthat would fund further border security — but not a border wall.
The deal would include $1.375 billion for border barrier enhancements, like steel slats and other "existing technologies," not the $5.7 billion for a concrete wall President Donald Trump has sought, according to multiple sources.
Senate and House negotiators from both parties said details still needed to be worked out and that their staff are going to be "working feverishly" to pull it all together.
Congress faces a Friday night deadline to pass the new appropriations package. Any deal they come up with still needs to pass the House and the Senate, and get Trump's signature.
"The thing that makes me saddest is that we didn’t do it ourselves," said Pastor Wade Burleson, who for years has called on the Southern Baptist Convention to create a database to track church workers accused of sexual abuse.
February is Black History Month in America. Maybe it is only fitting, then, that the past (few) weeks have focused so much attention on the myth of color blindness in America, Qasim Rashid writes in an opinion piece.