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President Obama attended service at a historic church that is steps away from the White House and often frequented by sitting presidents.
Mr. Obama was accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Sasha, on the cloudy, brisk morning as they walked through Lafayette Square to St. John’s Episcopal Church.
The service included scripture readings from Numbers 21, Ephesians 2, John 3 and the singing of “Amazing Grace.”
The visiting pastor, the Rev. Thomas Reid Ward Jr., reflected on the words of the popular hymn written by John Newton and told the congregation that God’s grace instills faith and courage.
“All we have to do is believe,” he said.
The Obamas participated in the audience welcome of greeting pew neighbors and in holy communion before walking back to the executive mansion.
State drug testing likely to face legal challenges
ATLANTA — A push to require drug tests for people seeking welfare payments in Georgia could face an uncertain future if it’s challenged in court.
Federal judges have already struck down similar laws in other states.
Lawmakers in Georgia’s General Assembly are still working out details before holding a final vote on the plan. That vote is expected in the coming weeks.
The U.S. Constitution bans governments from random drug testing. The U.S. Supreme Court has defined special exceptions to that, when a serious public need outweighs a person’s right to privacy. But exactly what falls within those exceptions can get murky.
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