Abby Olcese 4-02-2018

Image via Ready Player One trailer 

Unfortunately, that’s not a sentiment shared by the rest of the film. In their quest, Wade and his friends display their encyclopedic knowledge of vintage pop culture as badges to be worn, or tools to be used, rather than pieces of personal meaning. At one point, Sorrento meets with Wade to try and win him over, spouting references fed to him by a lackey in another room. Wade calls his bluff, telling his enemy, “A fanboy knows a hater.” But it’s hard to see much of a difference between the two characters in that moment. They’re both using rote, memorized facts, rather than actual connection, to fuel their conversation and get what they want. The only difference is that Wade had to do the research on his own, while Sorrento has a team doing it for him.

Anne Farris Rosen 4-02-2018

As the nation recognizes the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, we are poised at the threshold of a new national movement for racial justice that may or may not prove successful in fulfilling King’s ultimate vision.

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“Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity,” King said in a radio address in India.

The Oklahoma State Capitol is seen in Oklahoma City. REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz

According to National Education Association estimates for 2016, Oklahoma ranked 48th, followed by Mississippi at 49 and South Dakota at 50, in terms of average U.S. classroom teacher salary.

David Cortright 4-02-2018

FILE PHOTO - John Bolton speaks at CPAC, Feb.  24, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
 

John Bolton is a menace, a “warmongering lunatic” writes Damon Linker, “a dangerous uber-hawk” in the words of former national security officials Colin Kahl and Jon Wolfsthal. Throughout his career, Bolton has been a consistent advocate for war as an instrument of national policy. He opposes the Iran nuclear deal and dismisses the value of negotiating with North Korea, urging instead the use of military strikes and the policy of regime change.

A mourner holds photo of Stephon Clark during the funeral services at Bayside Of South Sacramento Church in Sacramento, Calif., March 29, 2018. Jeff Chiu/Pool via Reuters
 

An autopsy on an unarmed black man killed by police officers in California's capital last week shows that none of the eight bullets hit him in the front, contradicting the official version of events, a lawyer for the Stephon Clark's family said on Friday.

Laura Ingraham (left) in Washington Oct. 14, 2017, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg, at a rally in Washington March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert, Jonathan Ernst/Files
 

Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday that she is taking next week off, after almost a dozen advertisers dropped her show after the conservative pundit mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre on Twitter.

3-30-2018

Evangelicals who support Donald Trump and his presidency are destroying the good news of Jesus Christ. In this Easter season, Jim Wallis and a diverse group of church elders listed below have banded together to fight for the Soul of the Nation by issuing the declaration of Reclaiming Jesus.

the Web Editors 3-30-2018

1. We Asked One Question at March For Our Lives. Here’s How Kids Answered
Watch this inspiring video, featuring some of the incredible young people at last weekend’s March.

2. How Evangelical Support of Trump Helped Bring Pornography into the Mainstream
“If the court evangelicals are troubled by the fact that the porn industry is getting free publicity every night on the news, they must realize that they are partly to blame.”

Rebekah Fulton 3-29-2018

Image via Bekah Fulton/Sojourners 

A photo gallery from the event. 

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