Morning Must Reads: May 6

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Hillary’s Immigration Play

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton drew a sharp distinction between herself and the 2016 Republican hopefuls on immigration reform, calling for a full path to citizenship for people who came to the U.S. illegally

Germanwings Co-Pilot Practiced

French air accident investigators say that the co-pilot on doomed Germanwings Flight 4525 tried a controlled descent on another flight that morning

Uber Pulls Out of Kansas

The ride-hailing service halted its operations after state lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of a bill that would impose stricter rules

Manny Pacquiao Is Facing a $5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

Manny Pacquiao has been named in a $5 million class-action lawsuit filed on Tuesday claiming the boxer had failed to disclose his shoulder injury to the Nevada Athletic Commission prior to his May 2 match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., as required by law

Hawaii Bill for Birth-Certificate Gender Change Passes

The Hawaii legislature passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change gender on their birth certificates, joining a growing number of states to make the change. “This really is the beginning for trans equality,” said a transgender man

PEN Gala Honors Charlie HebdoAmid Uproar

The PEN American Center recognized Charlie Hebdowith the 2015 Freedom of Expression Courage Award on Tuesday night, despite more than 200 writers signing a letter of protest against the decision. Six writers set to host tables at the ceremony pulled out last month

U.S. Ranks Worst Developed Country for Maternal Health

A woman in the U.S. faces a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death, according to a new report, the worst of any developed country. The U.S. ranked No. 42 on children’s well-being, No. 61 on maternal health and No. 89 for political status

U.S. Flooded With Campus Sexual-Assault Complaints

Data sought by California Senator Barbara Boxer and others revealed complaints of sexual violence on college campuses to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights have grown from just nine in 2009 to over 100 in 2014

Experts Doubtful ISIS Was Mastermind of Texas Shooting

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed that the gunmen at a Texas cartoon exhibition were “soldiers of the caliphate,” but experts say that it’s still unclear if and what ties really existed. “What proof has ISIS offered?” said one longtime member of the CIA

Bollywood Star Gets 5 Years in Hit-and-Run Case

Indian actor Salman Khan was convicted of culpable homicide on Wednesday, almost 13 years after he killed a man sleeping on a sidewalk in Mumbai and injured four others by running them over with his SUV

Baltimore Cop Says Arrest of Freddie Gray Was Legal

Policeman Edward Nero, among six officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death, said the knife found in Gray’s pocket was illegal, making the April 12 arrest warranted. Last week, the city’s top prosecutor said in charging the officers that the knife was legal

Nepal’s Cyclists Reach Inaccessible Villages

With an expert knowledge of mountain tracks and the stamina to make it through the mountains, Nepal’s small mountain-biking community is proving to be an invaluable source of relief, bringing food and supplies to villages cut off by the recent earthquake

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Here’s What Anna Kendrick Thinks About in the Shower

"Will Ferrell and Pharrell Williams have reverse names"—and other choice thoughts

A proclivity for profanity. A Groundhog Day sequel. Pizza delivery with the touch of a few smartphone buttons. These are some of Anna Kendrick’s musings in the shower.

The Pitch Perfect 2 star filmed a video for Glamour in which she simply sits in a chair by the water while viewers are treated to her unfiltered inner monologue. Here are just a few of her choice thoughts, watch them all above.

“They should announce a sequel to Groundhog Day and then just re-release the original.”

“If Nick Offerman’s wife didn’t want to change her name, would they compromise for Nick Offerwoman?”

“Using your laptop to research buying a new one is like asking it to dig its own grave.”

“Will Ferrell and Pharrell Williams have reverse names.”

“When a pregnant woman swims, she’s basically a human submarine.”

MORE Anna Kendrick Talks to TIME About Whether She’d Do Pitch Perfect 3


Morning Must Reads: May 5

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ISIS Claims Texas Shooting

An audio statement released Tuesday said that “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out Sunday’s attack on an exhibition of cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad near Dallas, Texas, and promised to deliver more in the future

Tears for Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cried as his sobbing aunt took the stand in his federal death penalty trial Monday

Israel Reels From Protests

Scores were hurt in Tel Aviv as Ethiopian Israelis rally against what they say is long-running racism. In full riot gear, the police have responded in force

Baltimore Citizens Mistaken for Indicted Officers

A school cafeteria worker and a plumber in Maryland said Monday their lives have been turned upside down after court documents mistakenly identified them as the police officers charged in the death of Baltimore 25-year-old Freddie Gray

Hillary Clinton to Testify Once More Before Benghazi Panel

Hillary Clinton is willing to testify once — and once only — on Capitol Hill later this month about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and her email practices during her tenure as Secretary of State, her attorney told lawmakers Monday

How Millennials View Sex Compared to Their Parents

Millennials are more tolerant of premarital sex than earlier generations, but they tend to have slightly fewer partners than their parents did, according to a new study. “Millennials have never known a world where premarital sex was a taboo,” a researcher said

Mike Huckabee Eyes Southern States

White House hopeful Mike Huckabee is pinning his hopes on the 11 contiguous states that run from Florida to Missouri and Texas to South Carolina, as he seeks to avoid a repeat of the spectacular flameout of his 2008 run

Obama to Name a New Joint Chiefs of Staff Head

President Barack Obama is to nominate Marine General Joseph Dunford Jr., a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013–14, as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Happiness Factors Have Changed Dramatically Over 80 Years

Psychologists from Bolton, England, have re-created a famous study conducted in the same town almost 80 years ago that sought to find out what made people happy. While security remains at the top, religion fell to the bottom of the current list

Chris Brown Suspected of Beating Man in Vegas

Las Vegas metropolitan police responded to reports of an assault during a basketball game at Palms Casino Resort. The 25-year-old singer threw a punch at a male suspect, according to police, who was hit again by one of Brown’s acquaintances

Refugees Spurn Australian Resettlement Offer

Australia has reached a deal with Cambodia to resettle an unlimited number of asylum seekers, currently in Australian government detention on the Pacific island of Nauru, in exchange for $31 million. However, the move has been met with resistance by refugees

Sleepwalking May Be in the Genes

New data shows that children were three times more likely to walk in their sleep if they had one parent who was, and seven times more likely to sleep walk if both parents had a history of it; sleep terrors are also likely to be hereditary, the study found

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Morning Must Reads: May 4

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2 Dead at Muhammad ‘Contest’

Two armed men who opened fire on a security officer outside a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have been killed, authorities in the Dallas suburb of Garland said on Sunday night

Pacquiao Still a ‘Champion’

Despite losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Saturday’s “fight of the century,” Manny Pacquiao is due a hero’s welcome when he returns to the Philippines

North Korea Holds NYU Student

South Korea said one of its nationals, a student at NYU, is detained in North Korea after its state news agency said he tried to illegally enter

Baltimore Lifts Curfew Imposed 6 Days Ago After Riots

Baltimore residents expressed pleasure Sunday that officials were lifting the curfew in place since Tuesday, a day after rioting broke out over the death of Freddie Gray. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the reopening of a looted mall was a reason for hope

Ben Carson, Famed Neurosurgeon, Running for President

Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Carson is expected to be the only high-profile African American to enter the GOP’s presidential primary

Nepal Urges Foreign Rescue Workers to Return Home

Nepal’s government urged foreign rescue workers in the capital to return home on Monday as people to marked the birthday of Gautama Buddha. Since the April 25 earthquake, 4,050 rescue workers from 34 different nations have flown in to help in rescue operations

Why a Princess Could Be a Boon for U.K. Retailers

Baby boutiques, clothing stores and fashion designers received a gift that will keep on giving when the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl, and all the marketing opportunities she provides, instead of another boring boy, retail experts say

Australian Jailed for Killing 9 Puppies While on Meth

A 25-year-old man, Nathan Thompson — who brutally bludgeoned to death nine puppies in March while high on meth — has been sentenced to 18 months in jail by a court in the eastern Australian state of New South Wales

Israeli Protest Against Racism Turns Violent

Several thousand people from Israel’s Jewish Ethiopian minority protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality on Sunday, shutting down a major highway and clashing with police on horseback long into the night

Carly Fiorina Gets Personal in New Book

The day after she launches her campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the former HP CEO will release a book that details the personal struggles she’s faced, including the loss of a daughter, rediscovering her faith and battling cancer

Small Morning Earthquake Rattles Los Angeles

The greater Los Angeles area was rattled Sunday morning by a small earthquake centered just north of Inglewood and Culver City. It was the second earthquake in less than a month along that fault; a magnitude-3.5 quake hit the same area on April 12

American Pharoah Wins 141st Kentucky Derby

Victor Espinoza rode the horse for his second straight win Saturday at the Kentucky Derby before a record-setting crowd of 170,513 at Churchill Downs. “He’s been a special horse since I first rode him,” said Espinoza, who now has three Derby wins

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Queen Elizabeth Wears Pink to Celebrate Birth of Royal Princess

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John Giles—AP Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Richmond Castle to attend the amalgamation parade of The Queen's Royal Lancers and 9th/12th Royal Lancers on May 2, 2015.

Queen Elizabeth wore an all-pink ensemble on Saturday after learning that her new great-granddaughter had been born

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Read the Transcript of Marilyn J. Mosby’s Statement on Freddie Gray

The Baltimore state's attorney announced charges against six police officers on Friday

Good morning. First and foremost I need to publicly express my sympathies for the family and loved ones of Freddie Gray. I had the opportunity to meet with Mr Gray’s family to discuss some of the details of the case and the procedural steps going forward. I assured his family that no one is above the law and that I would pursue justice on their behalf.

To the thousands of city residents, community organizers, faith leaders and political leaders that chose to march peacefully throughout Baltimore, I commend your courage to stand for justice. I also commend the brave men and women, both in uniform and out, who have stepped up Monday night to protect our communities from those who wish to destroy it.

As the city’s Chief Deputy Prosecutor I’ve been sworn to uphold justice and to treat every individual within the jurisdiction of Baltimore city equally and fairly under the law. I take this oath seriously and I want the public to know that my administration is committed to creating a fair and equitable justice system for all. No matter what your occupation, your age, your race, your color or your creed. It is my job to examine and investigate the evidence of each case and apply those facts to the elements of a crime, in order to make a determination as to whether individuals should be prosecuted. This is a tremendous responsibility, but one that I saw and accepted when the citizens of Baltimore city elected me as the state’s attorney, and it is precisely what I did in the case of Freddie Gray.

Once alerted about this incident on April 13, investigators from my police integrity unit were deployed to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Gray’s apprehension. Over the course of our independent investigation, in the untimely death of Mr. Gray, my team worked around the clock; 12 and 14 hour days to canvas and interview dozens of witnesses; view numerous hours of video footage; repeatedly reviewed and listened to hours of police video tape statements; surveyed the route, reviewed voluminous medical records; and we leveraged the information made available by the police department, the community and family of Mr. Gray.

The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner’s determination that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide that we received today, has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges.

The statement of probable cause is as follows:

On April, 12 2015 between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m., near the corner of North Avenue and Mount Street. Lt. Rice of the Baltimore Police Department while on bike patrol with Officer Garrett Miller and Edward Nero made eye contact with Freddie Carlos Gray Jr.

Having made eye contact with Mr. Gray, Mr. Gray subsequently ran from Lt. Rice. Lt. Rice then dispatched over departmental radio that he was involved in a foot pursuit at which time bike patrol officers and Nero began to pursue Mr. Gray. Having come in contact with pursuing officers, Mr. Gray surrendered to Officers Miller and Nero in the vicinity in the 1700 block of Presbury Street.

Officer Miller and Nero then handcuffed Mr. Gray and moved him to a location a few feet away from his surrendering location Mr. Gray was then placed in a prone position with his arms handcuffed behind his back. It was at this time that Mr. Gray indicated he could not breath and requested an inhaler to no avail. Officer Miller and Nero then placed Mr. Gray in a seated position and substantially found a knife clipped to the inside of his pants pocket. The blade of the knife was folded into the handle. The knife was not a switchblade and is lawful under Maryland law. These officers then removed the knife and placed it on the sidewalk.

Mr. Gray was then placed back down on his stomach at which time Mr. Gray began to flail his legs and scream as Officer Miller placed Mr. Gray in a restraining technique known as a leg lace. While Officer Nero physically held him down against him will while a BPD wagon arrived to transport Mr. Gray.

Lt. Rice, Officer Miller and Officer Nero failed to establish probable cause for Mr. Gray’s arrest as no crime had been committed by Mr. Gray. Accordingly Lt. Rice Officer MIller and Office Nero illegally arrested Mr. Gray. Upon arrival of the transport wagon driven by Officer Caesar Goodson. Lt. Rice Officer Miller and Officer Nero loaded Mr. Gray into the wagon and at no point was he secured by a seatbelt while in the wagon contrary to a BPD general order. Lt. Rice then directed the BPD wagon to stop at Baker Street. At Baker Street, Lt. Rice, Officer Nero and Officer Miller removed Mr. Gray from the wagon, placed flexi-cuffs on his wrists, placed leg shackles on his ankles and completed required paperwork.

Officer Miller, Officer Nero and Lt. Rice then loaded Mr. Gray back into the wagon, placing him on his stomach, head first onto the floor of the wagon. Once again Mr. Gray was not secured by a seatbelt in the wagon contrary to a BPD general order.

Lt. Rice then directed Officer Goodson to transport Mr. Gray to the Central Booking & Intake Facility. Following transport from Baker Street, Mr. Gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside of the BPD wagon.

From Baker Street, Officer Goodson proceeded to the vicinity of Mosher Street and Fremont Avenue where he subsequently parked the wagon and proceeded to the back of the wagon to observe Mr. Gray. Despite stopping for the purpose of checking on Mr. Gray’s condition, at no point did he seek nor did he render any medical assistance for Mr. Gray. Officer Goodson returned to his driver’s seat and proceed toward the Central Booking & Intake facility with Mr. Gray still unsecured by a seatbelt contrary to a BPD general order.

Several blocks later, Officer Goodson called into dispatch that he needed to check on the status of his prisoner and requested additional units at Dolphin Street and Druid Hill Avenue. Officer William Porter arrived on the scene at Dolphin Street and Druid HIll Avenue. Both Officer Goodson and porter proceeded to the back of the wagon to check on the status of Mr. Gray’s condition. Mr. Gray at that time requested help and indicated that he could not breathe. Officer Porter asked Mr. Gray if he needed a medic at which time Mr. Gray indicated at least twice that he was in need of a medic. Officer Porter then physically assisted Mr. Gray from the floor of the van to the bench however despite Mr. Gray’s appeal for a medic, both officers assessed Mr. Gray’s condition and at no point did either of them restrain Mr. Gray per BPD general order nor did they render or request medical assistance.

While discussing the transportation of Mr. Gray for medical attention, a request for additional units was made for an arrest at the 1600 West North Avenue. Officer Porter left the vicinity of Druid Hill Avenue to assist in the arrest of another prisoner at North Avenue. Despite Mr. Gray’s obvious and recognized need for medical assistance, Officer Goodson in a grossly negligent manner chose to respond to the 1600 block of West North Avenue with Mr. Gray still unsecured by a seatbelt in the wagon without rendering to or summoning medical assistance for Mr. Gray.

Officer Goodson arrived at North Avenue to transport the individual arrested at the location of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue at which time he was again met by Officer Nero, Miller and Porter. Once the wagon arrived, Officer Goodson walked to the back of the wagon and again opened the doors to the wagon to make observations of Mr. Gray.

Sgt. Alicia White, Officer Porter and Officer Goodson observed Mr. Gray unresponsive on the floor of the wagon. Sgt. White who is responsible for investigating two citizen complaints pertaining to Mr. Gray’s illegal arrest spoke to the back of Mr. Gray’s head. When he did not respond, she did nothing further despite the fact that she was advised that he needed a medic. She made no effort to look or assess or determine his condition.

Despite Mr. Gray’s seriously deteriorating medical condition, no medical assistance was rendered or summoned for Mr. Gray at that time by any officer.

After completing the North Avenue arrest and loading the additional prisoner into the opposite side of the wagon containing Mr. Gray, Officer Goodson then proceeded to the Western District Station where contrary to the BPD general order, he again failed to restrain Mr. Gray in the wagon for at least the fifth time.

At the Western District Police Station the defendant arrested at North Avenue was unloaded, escorted and secured inside of the police station prior to attending to Mr. Gray.

By the time Officer Zachary Novak and Sgt. White attempted to remove Mr. Gray from the wagon, Mr. Gray was no longer breathing at all. A medic was finally called to the scene where upon arrival, the medic determined Mr. Gray was now in cardiac arrest and was critically and severely injured.

Mr. Gray was rushed to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma where he underwent surgery. On April 19, 2015, Mr. Gray succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The manner of death deemed homicide by the Maryland Medical Examiner is believed to be the result of a fatal injury that occurred while Mr. Gray was unrestrained by a seatbelt in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department wagon.

All events occurred in Baltimore City State of Maryland. While each of these officers are presumed innocent until proven guilty, we have brought the following charges:

Officer Caesar Goodson is being charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree negligent assault, manslaughter by vehicle by means of gross negligence, manslaughter by vehicle by means of criminal negligence, misconduct in office by failure to secure prisoner, failure to render aid.

Officer William Porter is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, misconduct in office.

Lt. Brian Rice is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, assault in the second degree, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

Officer Edward Nero is being charged with assault in the second degree intentional, assault in the second degree negligent, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

Officer Garrett Miller is being charged with intentional assault in the second-degree, assault in the second-degree negligent, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

Sgt. Alicia White is being charged with manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office.

While I am committed to transparency, what I have revealed here today is now a matter of public record. However, the evidence we have collected and continue to collect cannot ethically be released to the public and I strongly condemn anyone in law enforcement with access to trial evidence who has leaked information prior resolution of this case. You are are only damaging our ability to conduct a fair and impartial process for all parties involved.

I hope that as we move forward with this case everyone will respect due process and refrain from doing anything that would jeopardize our ability to seek justice.

To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America: I heard your call for ‘No justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.

To those that are angry, hurt or have their own experiences of injustice at the hands of police officers I urge you to channel that energy peacefully as we prosecute this case I have heard your calls for ‘No justice, no peace,’ however your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray.

To the rank and file officers of the Baltimore Police Department, please know that these accusations of these six officers are not an indictment on the entire force.

I come from five generations of law enforcement. My father was an officer, my mother was an officer, several of my aunts and uncles, my recently departed and beloved grandfather was one of the founding members of the first black police organization in Massachusetts. I can tell you that the actions of these officers will not and should not, in any way, damage the important working relationships between police and prosecutors as we continue to fight together to reduce crime in Baltimore. Thank you for your courage, committee and sacrifice for the betterment of the community.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my team for working around the clock since the day that we learned of this tragic incident. We have conducted a thorough and independent investigation of this case. This independent investigation was led by my deputy state attorneys, Janice Bledsoe and Michael Schatzow, my investigators Wayne Williams, Avon Mackle and the hardworking investigative team that were here and still are very much committed to pursuing justice.

I’d also like the Baltimore City Police department particularly Major Branford of the homicide unit and Rodney Hill of the Internal Affairs Division for providing us with a hard copy of the investigative material yesterday, information we already had. And lastly. I’d like to thank Baltimore City Sheriff’s Department in assisting with us as an independent law enforcement agency with police powers.

To the governor to this great state of Maryland, thank you for expediting the autopsy report which enabled us to do our job.

Last but certainly not least, to the youth of the city. I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment. This is your moment. Let’s insure we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. You’re at the forefront of this cause and as young people, our time is now.


#Ask TIME Subscriber Q and A: Elizabeth Dias

Welcome to TIME’s subscriber Q&A with TIME correspondent Elizabeth Dias. This week she has written about the Supreme Court’s consideration of same-sex marriage in a story about how the issue has divided Evangelicals, and another about Jim Obergefell, whose marriage is at the center of the civil rights question: do same-sex couples have a Constitutional right to marry? Her other stories can be found here.

sacredh asks, Do you think that Hillary can attract a significant number of women that would usually vote for the GOP? As a follow up, do you see the GOP making an effort to actually appeal to women?

Hillary Clinton has put women at the front of her policy agenda for decades now, but it is misguided to conflate her being a woman with automatically winning the whole women’s vote. Women do tend to lean Democrat as a voting block—according to the Pew Research Center, men and older Americans tend to be key for GOP victories. One of the open Clinton questions is that many people already have an opinion about her, so it remains to be seen how big her swing vote is. As for the GOP, much of the actual effort on this front is coming from women leaders themselves. As my colleague Jay Newton-Small wrote last year, “The party that was once against identity politics is learning to court the female vote.” Her coverage is worth a read.

DonQuixotic asks, Elizabeth, How defining of an issue do you see gay marriage being during the election once we narrow down to two candidates? We should have the SCOTUS decision by then; do you think it will keep coming up as a key issue?

Marriage will not disappear instantly as an issue in America with a Supreme Court ruling. Many conservative opposite-sex marriage activists are planning to make the issue like Roe v. Wade, and 40 years after Roe, we know that abortion is not going away as an issue, and the pro-life movement has remained vibrant in recent years. The polling however shows marriage to be different from abortion, especially as younger generations continue to be increasingly accepting of marriage equality. This election, there are so many issues on the table—economics, immigration, ISIS, etc—and so it is unlikely that marriage will be the top issue, but philosophies about the rights of states v. the federal government and the role of the courts will certainly come up.

DonQuixotic asks, Elizabeth, If we recognize being gay as not a choice, that is you are born gay, how can anyone sensibly argue that same-sex couples don’t have the right to constitutionally marry? They have no more control over being gay than someone does of being born male or female. Or white or black. Or right or left handed. Isn’t it the same argument that used to be used to deny interracial marriage? How can anyone reasonably justify deliberate persecution against a group of people because of they way they’re born and pretend that it’s an expression of their “religious freedom”, and not an expression of their own personal bigotry?

The states argued at the Supreme Court this week why same-sex couples do not have the constitutional right to marry. I’d suggest reading the four briefs for the respondents in the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, and the associated amicus briefs—they give the topline arguments: http://www.americanbar.org/publications/preview_home/14-556-14-562-14-571-14-574.html?cq_ck=1425077268167

deconstructive asks, Elizabeth, for now at least, looking forward in time, what do you think Pope Francis’ legacy will be? Do you think he will radically transform the Catholic Church in new directions? Or help clean up past messes and bring it back to its traditional roots (bending the stick – or staff – back to the middle)? Or are there other new and exciting possibilities we haven’t yet considered?

Pope Francis is full of surprises. That is one of the reasons people tend to love him so much. So far, his legacy is already about reforming the Curia, turning the Church’s focus to the Global South, and putting pastoral bishops in positions of power. He also has shifted the world’s attitude about what the Catholic Church is—it is easy to forget now just how bad the last decade has been for the Church, with the sexual abuse scandals coming to define the Church’s identity and public image. Now, the public relations game is going in a new direction—addressing poverty, climate change, nuclear disarmament, changing geopolitics between the USA and Cuba. It’s a remarkable shift already. But don’t expect shifts like women priests and accepting gay marriage. That’s an overreach.

deconstructive asks, Elizabeth, as you and Michael Scherer gave examples of religious leaders opposing marriage for gay people in your recent story, when you interview or informally chat with everyday ministers, priests, rabbis, etc. – as opposed to national figures like Perkins – how do you find most of them feel about the GOP, especially, politicizing religious views like this? Do most favor making these issues front and center on the political front, or do most oppose them as private spiritual matters that the government should stay out of, along the lines of Jesus wanting us to separate stuff rendered onto Caesar vs. onto God?

America has always been a place where local religious leaders have had a public social-political role, even if just locally. That doesn’t mean they are activists, and they can’t preach politics from the pulpit, but everyday religious leaders on the right and the left and in the center often politicize their religious views, or assume that religious views have a political meaning, and they are certainly exposed to their national leaders doing the same. Tony Perkins helps to host the “Watchmen on the Wall” local pastors gathering to take back America for God, and Rafael Cruz, Sen. Ted Cruz’s father and a pastor, spoke to the 1000+ pastors gathered there last year saying that the Bible tells them who to vote for. Sam Rodriguez’ National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference had its national conference in Houston this week, and former Governors Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee both addressed the 1000+ pastors gathered.

yogi asks, let’s say SCOTUS issues a ruling that allows gay marriage across the land. How long will it be until the next LGBTQ discrimination issue rises to the SCOTUS? Will it be one of these “religious freedom restoration” laws similar to those in Indiana and Arkansas?

Good question. Several LGBTQ rights activists I have spoken with have mentioned surprise that marriage equality reached the Supreme Court before issues like job protection. A lot depends on how the Court rules—how narrow or broad the ruling is, and especially whether or not they name religious exemptions in the ruling. If those are left out, or if they are in but remain ambiguous, Religious Freedom Restoration Act laws definitely will continue to be an issue in states, perhaps even more so as states react to national mandates.


Morning Must Reads: May 1

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Americans Rescued in Nepal

Speaking exclusively with TIME, Corey Ascolani, Della Hoffman, and Eric Jean describe spending five days stranded in the Himalayas following Saturday’s earthquake. “When we saw the helicopter coming in low, the tears started streaming down our faces,” said Jean

See the GMOs You Eat

Since GMOs were approved for commercial use, and then first planted into U.S. soil in 1996, their production has increased dramatically

Best of the NFL Draft First Round

Three teams showed no fear of behavioral baggage accompanying some prospects in the NFL draft’s first round. The rest were more reticent

What Really Happened to Freddie Gray?

Baltimore police have completed their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and turned over their findings to prosecutors—but until the findings of the investigation are revealed, city residents can only speculate

Bernie Sanders Runs for President

The Vermont Senator enters the race as a robust liberal alternative to Hillary Clinton. His campaign will test what voters think of populist ideas and the question is whether voters outside his home state will be able to picture him in the White House

Music Streaming Website Grooveshark Shuts Down

The online streaming website Grooveshark lost its battle with the music industry Thursday, agreeing to shut down immediately. The firm was facing a slew of legal actions, including a $15 billion suit from Universal Music Group

Britney Spears Injures Ankle on Stage, Cancels Vegas Shows

Britney Spears has had to reschedule her Friday and Saturday Las Vegas shows after injuring her ankle while performing on stage Wednesday night. The star’s doctor recommended she take the two days to heal before continuing her “Britney: Piece of Me” residency

Tesla Enters Home Battery Market

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, the CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors, hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants — and he can profit

Obama to Choose Chicago as Site of Presidential Library

Barack Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum will be located in none other than his adopted home: Chicago. Several news reports cited two unnamed sources familiar with the choice, who weren’t authorized to discuss the apparent selection before it became official

J.Lo’s Heartfelt Tribune to Selena at Latin Music Awards

Jennifer Lopez delivered a heartfelt tribute to Mexican-American singer Selena at the Billboard Latin Music Awards Thursday, keeping audiences spellbound with her nostalgic renditions of the murdered singer’s greatest hits, including “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom”

Malala Attackers Jailed for Life

A Pakistani court jailed 10 men for life on Thursday for their involvement in the 2012 assassination attempt on teenage education activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. Authorities are still searching for the man who fired the gun

New FDA-Approved Drug Slims Double-Chins

The drug Kybella has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for “adults with moderate-to-severe fat below the chin, known as submental fat,” according to a news release. When injected below the chin, Kybella will destroy fat cells

We will hold an #AskTIME subscriber Q&A today, Friday, May 1, at 1 p.m. with TIME correspondent Elizabeth Dias, who this week has written about the Supreme Court’s consideration of same-sex marriage in a story about how the issue has divided Evangelicals, and another about Jim Obergefell, whose marriage is at the center of the civil rights question: do same-sex couples have a Constitutional right to marry? Her other stories can be found here.

You can submit your questions beforehand on Twitter using the #AskTIME hashtag or in the comments of this post. We depend on smart, interesting questions from readers.

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Morning Must Reads: April 30

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

What’s Next for Baltimore

Now that Baltimore is picking up the pieces after violent protests that spotlighted deep tension between police and the community, the question for city officials and residents is how to prevent all this from happening again

Clinton Calls for Body Cameras

Hillary Clinton called for broad criminal-justice reform on Wednesday, including the introduction of body cameras in every police department

Nepalese Villagers Fear Starvation

Across rural Nepal, communities are facing hunger and sickness as aid fails to arrive, five days after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake claimed over 5,500 lives

Senator Bernie Sanders Confirms 2016 Run as Democrat

The self-described “democratic socialist” enters the race as a robust liberal alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton, and he pledged to do more than simply raise progressive issues or nudge the former Secretary of State to the left

France Investigates if Soldiers Raped Children

French prosecutors and military authorities are investigating accusations that French soldiers in Central African Republic sexually abused children they were sent to protect. The probes follow an initial U.N. investigation into the allegations a year ago

Kansas Frat Expels 4 Members for Mocking Muslims

Zeta Beta Tau chapter president Jason Finkelstein said Wednesday that the traditionally Jewish fraternity learned of the video, which was posted on social media and mocks Muslims, on April 10 and expelled the members the next day

Cruz Walks a Careful Line on Immigration Reform

The Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate cast himself as a supporter of immigration reform on Wednesday, while criticizing Democrats for killing prospects of a bipartisan deal by insisting on a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

Furious 7 Director in Talks to Direct Robotech for Sony

Sony Pictures is in hot pursuit of Furious 7 director James Wan for a live-action adaptation ofRobotech. Based on the popular ’80s series of the same, Robotech will focus on society’s use of robot technology to fend off an alien invasion

FAA Questioned Mental Health of Germanwings Pilot

Officials five years ago questioned the mental fitness of Andreas Lubitz, who crashed an airliner in the French Alps last month, but they awarded him a U.S. pilot license after his German doctor said he fully recovered from severe depression, government records show

San Andreas Sticks to May Release Despite Nepal Quake

Warner Bros. said on Wednesday it would release its earthquake blockbuster as planned on May 29, but would include information in the promotional material about how people can donate to relief efforts in Nepal, which suffered a devastating quake on Saturday

Japan’s Shinzo Abe Makes Voice Heard in Congress

The Japanese Prime Minister was a hit in Washington, but his country’s re-emergence on the global stage is more dependent on its relationship with its Asian neighbors — especially China and South Korea, writes TIME columnist Ian Bremmer

ABC Cancels Revenge After 4 Seasons

The ABC drama Revenge will not be returning for a fifth season, executive producer Sunil Nayar said, and the final episode will air on May 10. The announcement comes after a major character on the show was given the ax just a few weeks ago

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