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Former Vice President Mike Pence Mike Pence speaks at a luncheon hosted by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission during a Southern Baptist Convention.
Politics and theology collided in Indianapolis this week at the Southern Baptist Convention, where delegates (called “messengers”) are considering agenda items like whether IVF is morally unacceptable.

The country’s largest Protestant denomination heard from former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence, who delivered a dramatically different speech than when he previously spoke to the SBC in 2018 with a near-stump speech for Trump. During a side event on Tuesday, Pence warned roughly 400 pastors about his party’s drift further to the right. He called for them to stand for traditional conservative values and discussed his decision to certify the election on Jan. 6: “I’ll always believe by God’s grace that on that tragic day we did our duty,” Pence said, receiving applause from many of the pastors.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke in favor of Trump at a separate side event held by the Danbury Institute, calling Election Day a binary decision for conservative Christians, though he did not endorse Trump. Mohler recently called Trump’s trial “a political stunt from the beginning.”

Ben T.N. Mause, a NOTUS reporter and an Allbritton Journalism Institute fellow.
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June 11, 2024 11:24 AM
A federal jury in Delaware has convicted Hunter Biden on all three felony charges related to possessing firearms while on narcotics. Of the charges, two carry 10-year maximum prison sentences, and one carries a maximum sentence of five years.
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June 10, 2024 02:05 PM
The Supreme Court justice, already in hot water over his choice of house flags, was secretly recorded saying he doesn’t believe the ideological divides in America can ever be bridged. “One side or the other is going to win,” Alito reportedly said, going on to seemingly endorse a pointed call from liberal activist documentary filmmaker Lauren Windsor — then posing as a conservative — to “return our country to a place of godliness.” “I agree with you, I agree with you,” Alito said, per Windsor’s audio.
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June 10, 2024 11:51 AM
Closing arguments are set to begin in the gun possession case against President Joe Biden’s son. The jury will begin deliberating the case after that. Notably, the defense and government rested their cases without calling Hunter Biden to testify.
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June 07, 2024 12:57 PM
Hunter Biden’s daughter testified that she never saw her dad do drugs but knew he was “struggling with addiction,” per reports from the Delaware courtroom where the president’s son is being tried for a gun possession charge. Naomi Biden could not identify exactly when Hunter’s drug problems worsened. “After my uncle died, things got bad,” she said, referring to Beau Biden’s death.
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June 06, 2024 02:59 PM
President Joe Biden told ABC News that he would not pardon Hunter Biden, who is currently on trial on gun charges, should he be convicted. He also said, “Yes,” when asked if he would accept the outcome.
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June 06, 2024 12:26 PM
District Court Judge Carl Nichols revoked the bail for far-right media figure Steve Bannon on Thursday, ordering Bannon to report to jail on July 1. Bannon, a former senior Trump adviser, was convicted for defying a congressional subpoena from the Jan. 6 Committee, but his jail sentence was previously on hold while he appealed.
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