Christmas is really about gifts and lights and guests

Thinkstock by Getty Images When I taught Sunday school to a precocious bunch of fifth and sixth graders, I used to ask, “What about Christmas is not in the Bible?” They were quick to go for the obvious: Santa, the reindeer, Rudolph, stockings, the sleigh. “OK,” I’d say, “but what about the …

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Stupid things politicians said this year

Andrew Harnik, The Associated Press Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to reporters on Dec. 19 at the U.S. Capitol. It’s time to recall absurd, bizarre and downright stupid things said by politicians this past year. We’re ignoring Trumpisms because he said something ridiculous daily. There would be no room for …

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Catalonia election hasn’t eased the divides

Over 600 miles from home, Carles Puigdemont called the election for his party and independence, celebrating a success while still in self-imposed exile in Belgium. But even here supporters gathered to hear their leader speak. This was, he said, an absolute win for his movement. “I want to congratulate Catalan …

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Boris Johnson clashes with Sergei Lavrov on rare Moscow visit

Boris Johnson has clashed with Russia’s foreign minister over alleged cyberattacks on the West and activity in Ukraine. Sergei Lavrov denied claims that Moscow had used the internet to interfere in democratic elections and accused Mr Johnson of being a “hostage” of untrue Western narratives on the issue. After talks …

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