SERMON: “THE CROSS”
SONG: “Jesus Paid It All”
By Suzy Khimm
Trying to make up for the party’s repeated missteps with female voters, House Republicans called on their go-to woman to respond to President Obama’s State of the Union address next Tuesday: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking woman in the House GOP.
McMorris Rodgers, 44, is a regular sight behind the podium on Capitol Hill, where she’s often still the only female Republican in sight. In a party where male legislators still predominate, the Washington state lawmaker is there to defend the party when Democrats accuse the GOP of waging a ‘War on Women.’ She’s also the only member of Congress to give birth three time while in office—a fact that her party put front and center of their video announcing that she would be giving the party’s official response to Obama’s address next week.
“Through the lens of her family’s experiences, Cathy will share our vision for a better America built on a thriving middle class, guided by a fierce belief in life and liberty, and grounded in greater trust between citizens and their government,” said Speaker John Boehner in a statement on Thursday.
By Edward-Isaac Dovere
Democratic campaign operatives have been getting worried that the White House wasn’t doing enough to help them in the midterms, and that President Barack Obama didn’t care enough to change that.
Friday, Obama responded: David Simas, a longtime aide who returned to the White House after running polling and focus groups for the reelection campaign, was named director of a new Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.
The re-establishment of an internal political operation marks a significant shift for the White House, and the latest step in a 2014 West Wing reorientation that’s aimed at quickly making up for years of lost time, both on Capitol Hill and around the country.
ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
A Texas judge Friday ordered the hospital caring for a pregnant, brain-dead woman to remove her from life support by Monday at 5 p.m CST, the Associated Press reports.
The John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth has been keeping Marlise Munoz alive over the objections of her family, who say she would not have wanted to be kept alive in such a condition. Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when she was found unconscious Nov. 26 at her home, possibly as a result of a brain clot.
A state attorney representing the public hospital has argued that the hospital has a legal responsibility to protect the unborn fetus.
The hospital said in a statement after the decision that it is still considering whether to appeal.