Beltway Buzz

During his trip to the Vatican where he met with Pope Francis, Vice President Joe Biden addressed the persecution of Christians and other religious minority groups in the Middle East. Yet the official White House readout did not mention the word "genocide," which until last month the Obama administration had refused to include in its lexicon to describe the atrocities committed by ISIS.
Today, the Civil Rights division of the Department of Education is expected to post a list of colleges and universities that have requested a religious exemption from Title IX. Title IX is a law designed to prohibit discrimination in schools. It states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. However, institutions can apply for exemptions.
It was a good day at the Supreme Court for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. After being convicted of political corruption charges in a lower federal court, justices seemed poised to overturn his conviction and address federal bribery laws. Beltway Buzz was inside the courtroom.
Can members of the military display Bible verses in the workplace? That was the question posed today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, essentially the military version of the Supreme Court.
Time is winding down for the Obama Administration to take a stand on genocide. And the pressure is mounting following Monday's unanimous vote in the U.S. House addressing the atrocities committed against Middle East Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities.
Before James Lankford became a senator from Oklahoma he worked in ministry and when he addressed CPAC this week he sounded more like a preacher than a politician. "Want to make a difference in this nation and freedom of religion?" he asked. "Actually live your faith. I'm amazed at the number of people that want to stand up for faith but don't actually live it personally."