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Richard Nelson: Evangelical political calculus changing; can we support Trump, maintain witness?

Evangelical Christians may be one of the most influential voting blocks this election but will they vote according to Biblical principles? According to John Piper’s recent commentary, he thinks they’re missing the mark in their support for Pres. Donald Trump. The well-respected theologian compared Pres. Donald Trump’s character to an evil king’s influence permeating a nation....

Bill Straub: Be prepared, ‘fanning the fames and condemning the fire’ has just gotten started

There was some strange fruit hanging from a tree on the grounds of the state Capitol in the hours before Memorial Day, fruit that was nowhere near as savage and ghastly as the sort Billie Holiday sang about, but strange nonetheless. A proud product of the Kentucky educational system, attending a rally to promote guns that morphed into a protest over state-mandated coronavirus restrictions, drove his...

Al Cross: Governor Andy Beshear is showing us what he’s made of; it’s sterner stuff than you thought

In a crisis that could be a catastrophe for millions of Americans, politics may seem irrelevant. But politics probably made the coronavirus crisis worse, and yet it could prevent catastrophe for many. And crises can change politicians, and reveal things about them, so this space will keep tabs on those we have chosen to lead us; if that isn’t your cup of tea right now, please move on. First, the...

Bill Straub: There’s cringe-worthy and there’s cringe-worthy; in fact, these amazing actions are a pandemic

One of the most cringe-inducing moments amidst the chaos surrounding the coronavirus pandemic came last week when, during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, President Donald J. Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom, credited “the UK’s” handling of the crisis, noting “it’s got the border, it’s got very strong borders,...

Pres. Trump formally sends to Senate nomination of Kyian Kelly Craft as U.S. Ambassador to the UN

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today President Donald J. Trump has formally sent to the U.S. Senate, the nomination of a Kentuckian to serve as the nation’s ambassador to the United Nations. 
Kelly Craft of Lexington has been serving as Ambassador to Canada since 2017, becoming the first woman to serve in that post. Kelly Craft with Gov. Matt Bevin and husband, Joe, as she is sworn in as Ambassador to...

Lexington’s Kelly Knight Craft, ‘proven advocate for national interests,’ confirmed as ambassador to Canada

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kelly Knight Craft of Lexington to be Ambassador to Canada. She was nominated by Pres. Donald Trump and recommended by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Craft was a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Kentucky. In 2007, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as the alternate ambassador to the United Nations. Kelly Knight Craft Craft...