This week, the Kansas Jayhawks defeated the North Carolina Tarheels to win the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, a terrific game that featured the largest comeback in NCAA Tournament title game history. This year’s March Madness tournament was also the most heavily wagered in its history, with as many as 17% of Americans betting a total of more than $3 billion on this single event alone. That comes on the heels of the Super Bowl back in February, which saw more than $7.6 billion in wagers placed on that game. Sports gambling is now legal in more than 30 states and the District of Columbia, doubling in just a year, and the rise of sports betting apps has made it easier than ever to place a wager. How should Christians respond to sports gambling, and is it OK for Christians to gamble on anything at all? Joining the Rundown to talk about the rise in sports gambling and the Christian response to it, as well as a contentious hearing on Capitol Hill this week with Big Oil CEOs on price gouging at the pump, is CBN News Reporter Brody Carter.
President Biden announced new sanctions against Russia today as President Zelenskyy accuses Putin, Russia of engaging in horrific war crimes. Plus, the government announced it will begin allowing 'x' as an option on passports beginning April 11th. These stories and more on today's CBN News Daily Rundown.
Today, more than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. The progressive disease targets the brain, destroying memory and other important mental functions. While it’s widely believed that there is no cure, there’s a promising new protocol picking up steam. CBN News Medical Reporter Lorie Johnson talked to Dr. Dale Bredesen and a handful of individuals whose symptoms reversed after employing the Bredesen Protocol.
The Biden administration is preparing to allow a controversial border policy, enacted by the Trump administration, to end. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted Title 42 in March of 2020, essentially sending asylum seekers back to their home countries rather than allowing them to stay in the US, in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Now, however, the CDC appears ready to end that policy. Republicans in Congress warn ending Title 42 will lead to an avalanche of asylum seekers along our southern border, with no plan in place to process or house them; Democrats say it's time to stop forcing those who are fleeing from violence to return to their native countries. Joining The Rundown to talk about this story, as well as a good news story taking place in the state of Ohio, is CBN News Senior National Affairs Correspondent Heather Sells.
Lawmakers are pushing for harsher punishments for anyone consuming or otherwise dealing with child pornography. Also, an A-list actor has blasted Hollywood for applauding Will Smith after he smacked Chris Rock on stage just moments before winning his Oscar. That and more on today's podcast.
Does President Joe Biden want regime change in Russia? After meeting with Ukrainian refugees on Saturday and hearing their stories of survival and escape from their war-torn country, the President delivered a blistering speech against Russian President Vladimir Putin that was overshadowed by nine words at the very end of his remarks that appeared to signal a change in US policy toward regime change in Russia. However, immediately after saying Putin "cannot remain in power," White House and Biden administration officials quickly walked back those comments, claiming there is no change in policy toward regime change in Russia. CBN News Senior International Correspondent George Thomas joins the Rundown to provide an on-the-ground account of the latest as the war enters its 5th week.
Also, last night at the Oscars, America witnessed the “slap heard round the world,” when actor Will Smith walked on stage and struck comedian Chris Rock on the mouth after Rock made a joke directed at Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The slap caught everyone in the audience off-guard and overshadowed Smith’s Best Actor Oscar that he won just a half hour after the slap took place, leading to a lengthy and tear-filled acceptance speech. Joining the Rundown for his reaction to a crazy night in Hollywood as well as the future of the Oscars is CBN Entertainment News Reporter and the host of CBN’s Studio 5, Efrem Graham.
Ketanji Brown Jackson is one step closer to becoming the first, black woman to sit on the Supreme Court. Jackson began the week as a shoo-in for Justice Stephen Breyer’s place on the bench. And after a full week of questioning, the Judiciary Committee is set to confirm her place by Easter. CBN News Chief Political Analyst David Brody is on today’s episode to unpack some of the emotional exchanges and standout points from this week’s hearings.
Video of a truck getting tossed around like a toy by a sudden tornado in Texas went viral this week after the truck - and the teen driver - miraculously survived the close encounter. The driver is now speaking out about the incident, praising God for the incredible tale of survival. Plus, Lee Strobel shares a bit of positive news in the midst of negativity as a complete stranger went above and beyond to help him in a time of need.
Tensions between China and the United States are heightened after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In a phone call on Friday, China’s President Xi Jinping met with President Biden to discuss a range of economic and security issues, including the protection and possession of Taiwan. CBN News Senior Reporter Dale Hurd is on today’s episode to discuss China’s standing on the world stage as the Chinese Communist Party expands their economic, political, and military influence across the globe.
After two years in which it was pretty much the only thing we talked about, COVID-19 has finally receded into the background, at least in the minds of many Americans. Mask mandates for most of the country have gone away, although some areas still require them, and the debate over vaccine mandates has faded, too. Is COVID-19 no longer a pandemic? Is it something endemic we all will just learn to live with now? And as hospitals and doctor’s offices enjoy this much needed breather, some startling numbers show a shortage of healthcare workers in America. How are states and Congress working to alleviate this growing problem? CBN News Medical Reporter Lorie Johnson joins the Rundown to talk about all that.
Also, the American Kennel Club is out with their yearly ranking of the most popular dog breeds in America. Did your pooch make the top 10?