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In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, photo, republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

Trump, power of positive thinking, evangelicalism

Donald Trump has said that he's winning support from Evangelical Christians who he describes as ""incredible people who are really smart, and they want to see our country thrive." But exactly who is he talking about? The Tea-vangelicals? The social-justice evangelicals? Trump's "Evangelical" supporters are the Christmas-church-going, Protestant work-ethic, Manifest Destiny believing, can-do capitalists. They are in every denomination and none. They think of themselves as Christians but they see no real need to have every aspect of their lives aligned with an arcane morality.

In this Aug. 29, 2014, file photo, Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks in favor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Days after he confessed to cheating on his wife and a pornography addiction, the ex-reality star checked into a long-term treatment center, his parents said Wednesday, Aug.26, 2015, on the family's website. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

5 religion news items for Thursday August 27

America is a profusely religious nation, a fact proven by the daily headlines. We post 5 quick news stories on religion here each day, briefly annotated, to keep you up on a small slice of what is happening in the world of religious news.

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the murder of 14-year-old Chicagoan Emmett Till, a crime that helped set in motion the Civil Rights era.

5 religion news items of the day

America is a profusely religious nation, a fact proven by the daily headlines. We post 5 quick news stories on religion here each day, briefly annotated, to keep you up on a small slice of what is happening in the world of religious news.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

White House race is anything but ordinary

As soon as the 2014 midterm elections were complete the media turned an eye toward 2016 and the presidential race. With a two-year window, pundits gleefully declared that Hillary Clinton was inevitable as the Democratic nomination and that Jeb Bush was the likely Republican nominee.