Books: Reminders of Christmas' religious origins

The Kansas City Star (RNS): Somewhere in all of the sparkly lights, wrapped packages and jolly elves of Christmas, there is — or was — a religious story at the heart of the holiday, and three new books argue it shouldn’t be forgotten. Read more.

Conservatives fire warning shot in ousting Iowa justices over gay marriage

The Plain Dealer (RNS): Three of the seven justices on the Iowa Supreme Court who voted to legalize same-sex marriage last year lost their jobs Tuesday, Nov. 2, but conservative activists are warning they might not be the last. Read more.