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.
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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.