The Briefing: December 11

Story 1 – Is the Biblical account of Jesus’s birth historical fact or just unenlightened religious devotion?

What Do We Really Know About Jesus? Newsweek (Bart Ehrman)

Story 2 – The worldwide impact of the twilight of Hugo Chavez

Venezuela Confronts Twilight of Chávez Era, Wall Street Journal (Jose De Cordoba)

Story 3 – The war for gender neutrality in children’s toys rages on with the Easy Bake Oven

Teen Says Pink Toy Ovens Discourage Boys from Kitchen Play, CNN (Emanuella Grinberg)

In other news…

Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School, New York Times (Alan Schwarz)

Governor Signs Amendment 64, Marijuana Officially Legal in Colorado, Fox31 Denver (Will C. Holden)

Oklahoma Vs. Obamacare, National Review Online (Jillian Kay Melchior)

Is Evolution a Must-Win Issue? Leadership Journal/Out of Ur (Url Scaramanga)

My Take: No Pressure, Mr. President, Eric Metaxas (CNN Belief Blog)

Private Jets for Jesus, Christianity Today

Notre Dame Cathedral Brushes up for 850th Birthday, Reuters (Alexandria Sage)

Obama at National Christmas Tree lighting: ‘A chance to remember what Christ taught us’ Washington Post (Elizabeth Tenety)

The True Meaning of Hanukkah, New York Times (Hilary Kreiger)

Add This Group To Obama’s Winning Coalition: ‘Religiously Unaffiliated’ NPR (Liz Halloran)

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