The Briefing

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1
(0:0 – 14:55):
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The Dynamic to Watch: The Big Political Game in Washington Now Is the Tension Among Democrats — The Traditional Liberals vs. the Insurgent Left. All Signs Are that the Left Will Win this Battle

NEW YORK TIMES (JONATHAN WEISMAN)
Deeply Divided, House Democrats Battle Over Priorities and Politics

WALL STREET JOURNAL (KRISTINA PETERSON)
Pelosi, Centrist Democrats in Standoff With Key Vote Ahead

WALL STREET JOURNAL (THE EDITORIAL BOARD)
The Agony of the ‘Centrist’ Democrats

PART 2
(14:56 – 20:21):
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“The Science’ Says?” The Authority of ‘Science’ When the Entire Game is Political

NEW YORK TIMES (APOORVA MANDAVILLI)
The U.S. Is Getting a Crash Course in Scientific Uncertainty

PART 3
(20:22 – 24:17):
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Farm Life Without the Manure? Evidently People Don’t Want Too Much Reality From “Farm-Fluencers”

WALL STREET JOURNAL (RORY SATRAN)
Instagram Stars Make Farm Life Look Delightful—Minus the Manure

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1
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Totalitarianism Is a Hard Habit to Break: China’s New “Three Child Policy”

PART 2
(11:45 – 20:5):
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40 Million Pieces of Evidence — Germany Reckons with the Shredded Records of the East German Secret Police.

NEW YORK TIMES (ANNALISA QUINN)
Piecing Together the History of Stasi Spying

PART 3
(20:6 – 24:55):
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6 out of 10 Children in the World Know ‘Paw Patrol’ Characters by Name? Popular Culture is not Just Difficult to Escape — It’s Practically Impossible

WALL STREET JOURNAL (ELLEN GAMERMAN)
‘Paw Patrol’ Tries for a Big Bite at the Box Office

Monday, August 23, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1
(0:0 – 9:3):
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“Biden’s Debacle” — The Disaster in Afghanistan Continues to Spin Out of Control

THE ECONOMIST
Biden’s Debacle—What Legacy Does America Leave in Afghanistan?

WALL STREET JOURNAL (WALTER RUSSELL MEAD)
Biden’s Chamberlain Moment in Afghanistan

PART 2
(9:4 – 14:27):
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What is the Fundamental Issue in Afghanistan? Ultimately, It IS a Clash of Civilizations between the Western Civilization and Islam

WALL STREET JOURNAL (ROBERT NICHOLSON)
The Unconquerable Islamic World

PART 3
(14:28 – 22:38):
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Astounding Moral Shift Evident as Social Media Platform Known for Its Pornographic Content Changes Its Guidelines — Not Based on Morality but Pressure from from “Payment Partners”

NEW YORK TIMES (TAYLOR LORENZ AND ALYSSA LUKPAT)
OnlyFans Says It Is Banning Sexually Explicit Content

Friday, August 20, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1
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The ‘I’m Spiritual but Not Religious’ Moment for Generation Z? Where You Find Human Beings, You Will Always Find Worship — Even Worship of Rock Crystals

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (HEATHER GREEN)
Study: Gen Z Doubles Down on Spirituality, Combining Tarot and Traditional

PART 2
(9:24 – 17:10):
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What Sells When Modern Day Spirituality Meets Capitalism? Primarily, the Self

WALL STREET JOURNAL (ELLEN GAMERMAN)
‘Nine Perfect Strangers,’ ‘White Lotus’ and the Art of the Wellness Takedown

WALL STREET JOURNAL (ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN)
The Mental-Health Benefits of Spiritual Thinking

PART 3
(17:11 – 27:43):
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The Mailbox — Dr. Mohler Responds to Letters from Listeners on This Friday Segment of The Briefing

Thursday, August 19, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1
(0:0 – 11:7):
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Are Americans Just Deciding Not to Work? It’s Vexing Economists — And Should Concern Us All

THE ECONOMIST
Will the Rich World’s Worker Deficit Last?

PART 2
(11:8 – 21:4):
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Chief Justice John Roberts Prediction Nears Fruition as Harvard Law Today Argues for the Legitimacy of Polyamory

HARVARD LAW TODAY (ELAINE MCARDLE)
Polyamory and the Law Harvard Law Today

PART 3
(21:5 – 25:39):
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Did God Create Disgust, or Is It an Evolutionary Trait Necessary for Survival? Worldview is Everywhere — Yes, Even in “Festival Toilet” Videos

NEW YORK TIMES (SABRINA IMBLER)
Ever Feel Your Skin Crawling? Maybe You Can Thank Evolution.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1
(0:0 – 9:36):
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‘Becoming Parents’ — The Moral Revolution’s Contradictions Are in Full View in Just Two Simple Words

WASHINGTON POST (IAN DUNCAN)
Pete and Chasten Buttigieg Say They Have Become Parents

WASHINGTON POST (SEAN SULLIVAN, TYLER PAGER, AND SEUNG MIN KIM)
‘Outsider’ Buttigieg Plays A Skillful Inside Game, Positioning Himself for the Future

PART 2
(9:37 – 19:30):
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One ‘Pride Flag’ Isn’t Enough? The LGBTQ Community Has an Inclusivity Crisis Over a Flag — And It’s Worth Your Attention

CNN (KEELY AOUGA AND TAYLOR ROMINE)
LGBTQ Groups Across the US Consider A New Flag Meant to Be More Inclusive of the Transgender Community and People of Color

PART 3
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The Self-Defeating Nature of Intersexuality: There Is No End to the Revolution

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1
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Mythology of the American Left Is That Theology Does Not and Cannot Matter — Even in Afghanistan. But the Taliban Are Theological, Even if the Media Are Determined to Ignore Islam

NEW YORK TIMES (DAVID E. SANGER)
For Biden, Images of Defeat He Wanted to Avoid

CNN POLITICS (KEVIN LIPTAK, JEFF ZELENY, KAITLAN COLLINS, JENNIFER HANSLER AND MAEGAN VAZQUEZ)
Biden Admits Afghanistan's Collapse 'Did Unfold More Quickly Than We Had Anticipated'

PART 2
(11:22 – 18:6):
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The Logic of Moral Revolution: As Teenagers Need Driving School, So Children Need Sex Education. Apparently Anything Is Plausible Once You Abandon All Moral Sanity

NEW YORK TIMES (VALERIYA SAFRONOVA)
A Private-School Sex Educator Defends Her Methods

PART 3
(18:7 – 24:40):
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No Clandestine Conspiracy Here: Sexual Revolutionaries State Goal of ‘Queer Inclusivity and Gender Expansiveness Across All Grade Levels and Subjects’— Parents Have Been Warned

USA TODAY (DAVID OLIVER)
Let's Talk About (Queer) Sex: The Importance of LGBTQ-Inclusive Sex Education in Schools

Monday, August 16, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1
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National Humiliation and Humanitarian Disaster: Peril Ensues as Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan–to America’s Shame and Grave Danger of Her Allies

WALL STREET JOURNAL (YAROSLAV TROFIMOV)
How the Taliban Overran the Afghan Army, Built by the U.S. Over 20 Years

WALL STREET JOURNAL (YAROSLAV TROFIMOV)
Taliban Seize Kandahar, Prepare to March on Afghan Capital Kabul

WALL STREET JOURNAL (SAEED SHAH)
Afghans Tell of Executions, Forced ‘Marriages’ in Taliban-Held Areas

NEW YORK TIMES (DAVID ZUCCHINO)
Kabul’s Sudden Fall to Taliban Ends U.S. Era in Afghanistan

PART 2
(12:25 – 21:59):
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A Brief History of Turmoil in Afghanistan: Why Government Stability is One of the Rarest of Historical Accomplishments and Evidence of the Grace of God to Humanity

POLITICO (NATASHA KORECKI AND CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO)
‘Clearly botched’: Biden White House Under Assault on Afghanistan Drawdown

PART 3
(21:60 – 24:46):
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Prayers for Haiti as the Country is Yet Again in Desperate Need of Help After Earthquake Kills Hundreds and Injures Thousands

THE FUND FOR PEACE
Fragile States Index

Friday, August 13, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1
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LGBTQ Revolutionaries Wage War Against Biological and Ontological Realities: Two Men, or Two Women, Cannot Procreate — It is Not Just Difficult, but Impossible

LGBTQ NATION (JUWAN J. HOLMES)
Two Dads Try to Explain to Their Son Where Babies Come from LGBTQ Nation

NPR (ASHLEY LOPEZ)
Vaccinating During Pregnancy Has Become Even More Urgent As ICU Beds Fill Up

PART 2
(6:31 – 15:10):
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Argentina Will Now Recognize ‘X’ as a Gender: The Blending of Sexual Identity with Identity Politics is Nothing Short than an Attempt at Redefining What It Means to Be Human

NEW YORK TIMES (DANIEL POLITI)
Argentina Formally Recognizes Nonbinary People, a Latin American First

WASHINGTON POST (SAMMY WESTFALL)
Argentina Rolls Out Gender-Neutral ID

THE ECONOMIST
Argentina Passes an Affirmative-Action Law for Trans People

PART 3
(15:11 – 18:58):
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Welcome to the Brave New World of History — Now a 1,000 Year Old Grave in Finland Becomes a “Non-Binary” Headline

THE GUARDIAN (JON HENLEY)
1,000-Year-Old Remains in Finland May Be Non-Binary Iron Age Leader

PART 4
(18:59 – 25:52):
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The Mailbox — Dr. Mohler Responds to Letters from Listeners on This New Segment of Friday Editions of The Briefing

Thursday, August 12, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1
(0:0 – 10:23):
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Looking Beyond the Sensational Headlines: How Should Christians Think About the New Climate Report?

WASHINGTON POST (BRADY DENNIS AND SARAH KAPLAN)
Humans Have Pushed the Climate Into ‘Unprecedented’ Territory, Landmark U.N. Report Finds

PART 2
(10:24 – 18:37):
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Human Existence Is Not the Problem: A Deadly Confusion Marks the Secular Worldview

PART 3
(18:38 – 25:18):
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The Underlying Moral Issue of the Infrastructure Bill: The Government Intends to Spend Money It Does Not Have, Borrowed From Those It Cannot Repay — That is Always Wrong

NEW YORK TIMES (EMILY COCHRANE)
Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Handing Biden a Bipartisan Win

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