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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during the Republican Governors Association annual conference on Nov. 28, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Need to know: Thursday, January 10, 2019

Free Speech Concerns

Muslim civil rights group sues Maryland over Israel boycott ban

The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit challenging Maryland’s controversial executive order banning state agencies from contracts with businesses that boycott Israel. More from Religion News Service

Furlough Relief

Jewish lending groups step in to help their furloughed kin

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington is hoping its modest interest-free loans will help tide over some Jewish families, at least for a while. More from Religion News Service

Kremlin Clemency

Putin disavows crackdown on Jehovah’s Witnesses, giving hope to detained

After the arrests of dozens of members of the group, the Russian president's comments seem to challenge a 2017 ruling by the country's Supreme Court marking the church as a terrorist organization. More from Religion News Service

Martini Judaism

What was the president really saying last night?

It's about fear. The worship of fear. It is idolatry, Jeffrey Salkin writes. More from Religion News Service


Bruce Springsteen’s run for home

With a surprising resort to prayer, the Boss acknowledges that his relentless quest for the American dream can't be separated from tradition, roots, place, a longing for home, and faith, writes John Fea. More from Religion News Service

Olympic Ambitions

Nuns on the run: Vatican launches athletics team and targets Olympics

The Vatican has launched an athletics team with the aim of competing in international competitions – including the Olympics – as part of an agreement signed with the Italian Olympic Committee. More from The Guardian



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