Book Review: When Millennials Reign In The Evolving Mormon Church

Drawn from from the attitudinal survey they designed, The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing The LDS Church by Jana Riess (Oxford University Press) come indications that more and more Latter-day Saints are applying gospel teachings selectively, but are increasingly sensitive to issues of fairness and inclusiveness.

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Machiavellians in Washington may have unwittingly reignited the Huntsman-Romney feud

 Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate,  and his distant cousin Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China, have been going at each other for nearly two decades. Nixing Romney for Secretary of State and appointing Huntsman ambassador to Russia, a likely heir to Foggy Bottom should the already embattled Rex Tillerson depart, are subtle if highly inflammable maneuvers that would make Nicolo Machiavelli smile.

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Bathroom options and alternative facts figure in a tale of 50s adolescence

From a less troubled era comes story based on suppressed facts and concerns over transgender identity conflicts that led to the just-in-time invention of a compelling backstory that everyone aided, abetted and attested to, everyone that is except it's creator. Pay attention Donald Trump, Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway. 

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Will a wagging dog bite Trump?

Who's running the country: the president elected by the electoral college or his un-elected and un-vetted Steve Bannon?  For now the scene at the White House resembles a foundering if frightening reality TV show. The serious question is this: will these apprentices and their boss soon be shown the door?

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A once and future Democrat?

He had been raised a Republican, but in the summer of 1968 a young journalist registered as a Democrat and soon found himself deeply immersed in a last-ditch attempt to thwart strong-armed efforts of party insiders to derail the candidacy of the popular anti-establishment candidate, Senator Eugene McCarthy. Although the effort failed, it yielded revealing evidence that the party was beginning to lose touch with America's heartland. Unintentionally, the picture above from Playboy and others like it, were worth a thousand words of evidence. 

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