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The success of 'American Idol'

Trent Harmon is our final American Idol!  (Frank Micelotta/Fox) Trent Harmon is the fifteenth and last winner of American Idol. However, my favorite moment came before the winner was announced last night.

Carrie Underwood, arguably the most successful winner in the history of the show, was given the honor of performing the last song before the final results were announced. She chose to sing Something in the Water, a song about the way faith and baptism change those who know Christ. (For more, see Janet Denison's article on her faith.) Her amazing performance illustrated the importance of using our influence for the glory of God.

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I've never seen anything like this

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, takes aphoto with a supporter after a rally at Carnegie Mellon University on a campaign stop, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)In 1976, Rocky won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Happy Days was the highest-rated show on television. Apple Computer was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. And I voted in my first presidential election.

In the forty years since, I've never seen anything like this.

There have been forty-nine presidential primaries and caucuses so far, with 1,574 delegates awarded to Republican candidates and 4,380 to Democratic candidates. There are twenty-four primaries left, with 769 Republican and 1,977 Democratic delegates remaining. In other words, more than two-thirds of the delegates available have now been determined.

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Do not look at the cover of 'Time' magazine

Time MagazineThis is the most absurd, contradictory story I can remember: The current Time magazine cover story reports on the disastrous effects of pornography on those who view it. Yet the magazine's cover image is so explicit that I warn you not to view it. The image that accompanies the story on page 40 is nearly as graphic. I would not want this magazine near anyone I know.

First, let's discuss the content of the article. Belinda Luscombe documents the growing number of young men who are convinced that "their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents." So they are creating online community groups, smartphone apps, and educational videos designed to help men quit porn. Luscombe observes: "For the first time, some of the most strident alarms are coming from the same demographic as its most enthusiastic customers."

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Battle continues over North Carolina 'bathroom bill'

Mitch Xia, left, rallies with other organizers during a march on Franklin Street against N.C. House Bill 2 in Chapel Hill, N.C. on March 29, 2016. The new state law requires transgender people to use the restroom of their biological gender, not the gender with which they identify. (Whitney Keller/The Herald-Sun via AP)North Carolina is in the news today for two reasons. One is that the University of North Carolina lost the men's NCAA basketball championship game last night to Villanova on an amazing last-second shot.

The second reason is that the state's "bathroom bill" debate continues to generate national controversy. The story began in Charlotte, where an ordinance was passed that forced businesses to allow transgender customers to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice. If it had gone into effect, business owners could have faced fines and even potential jail time if they did not accommodate transgender customers.

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'Panama Papers' corruption scandal breaks the Internet

A security guard sit outside the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama City, Sunday, April 3, 2016. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung says it has obtained a vast trove of documents detailing the offshore financial dealings of the rich and famous. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism says the latest trove contains includes nearly 40 years of data from the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The company didnít immediately respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)#PanamaPapers was the top trending topic on Twitter yesterday. It is trending on Facebook and on the front page of reddit.

Why? What is this all about?

Yesterday, news broke of a year-long investigation into offshore shell corporations. These companies have been used by some of the world's most notable politicians and leaders to hide billions of dollars. The investigation is being called the "Panama Papers" scandal because the information was leaked from a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, by an anonymous source.

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