Lauretta Brown is a Staff Reporter with CNS News covering Congress and a range of issues including healthcare, religious freedom, and foreign policy. Her work has appeared on outlets like the Drudge Report and Yahoo News. She is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College.

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June 1, 2016, 6:08 PM EDT
Mgr. Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul, said last week during a visit to Strasbourg, France that when ISIS came to Mosul and the Nineveh Plains, “they take our churches, they take our monasteries, they take our houses, our lands, our money, our life, our dignity, our history.”
June 1, 2016, 11:52 AM EDT
  The United Nations building in NewYork City, N.Y.  (AP) 
May 27, 2016, 12:29 PM EDT
A study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released earlier this week found that more than two-thirds of babies born at 22-23 weeks gestational age survive when given active medical care.
May 26, 2016, 6:12 PM EDT
Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, global health, global human rights, and international organizations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)( – Rep.
May 25, 2016, 2:12 PM EDT
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) called U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Gail Heriot, who is also a law professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, an “ignorant bigot” for Heriot’s testimony Tuesday that the guidance issued by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, which says students may use bathrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity, was “teaching young people a terrible lesson.”
May 24, 2016, 1:54 PM EDT
A Pew Research Center analysis released Tuesday showed that for the first time since at least 1880, living with parents is the most common arrangement for 18-34 year-olds.
May 23, 2016, 3:13 PM EDT
Reps. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) introduced the Do No Harm Act Wednesday, which would amend the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to specify that religious exceptions should not apply to “protections against discrimination or the promotion of equal opportunity” and “access to, information about, referrals for, provision of, or coverage for, any health care item or service.”
May 19, 2016, 3:34 PM EDT
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) along with her colleagues Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) released a statement Wednesday opposing the House Republicans’ bill for funding to combat the Zika virus for “including Hyde language that denies access to abortions.”
May 19, 2016, 11:18 AM EDT
Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) argued on the floor Tuesday for his Zika Vector Control Act, formerly known as the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, which would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from requiring permits to spray federally approved pesticides into new bodies of water.
May 18, 2016, 10:14 AM EDT
The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act Monday afternoon, which upgrades the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 giving the administration and the State Department new resources to help combat the worldwide escalation in persecution of religious minorities.
May 17, 2016, 12:42 PM EDT
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Monday called the guidance issued Friday by the Obama administration that public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their “gender identity” - not their biological sex - if they expect to receive federal funding “deeply disturbing.
May 13, 2016, 3:51 PM EDT
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) reacted to guidance issued Friday by the Obama administration that public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their “gender identity” - not their biological sex - if they expect to receive federal funding.
May 12, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) spoke to reporters Thursday following a meeting with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, which he said was an “encouraging, productive conversation” about how to unify the party around core principles.
May 11, 2016, 5:03 PM EDT
Members of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to request the help of Congress in combatting the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, particularly urging Congress to ease the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of insecticides and products being developed to kill the mosquitoes.
May 6, 2016, 4:18 PM EDT
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R).(AP) 
May 5, 2016, 3:06 PM EDT
Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Glenn Murdock told those gathered in Washington, D.C., in observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, “Never, I submit, has there been a time as important as today to pray for our appellate court and especially our Supreme Court.”
May 4, 2016, 11:52 AM EDT
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said at a news conference on Tuesday that the mosquito-carrying Zika virus – which can cause birth defects such as microcephaly – was stopped in Brazil in the 1950s and 1960s by eradicating the mosquito “in a way that would be almost non-feasible today,” through “very heavy use of DDT.”
May 2, 2016, 7:11 PM EDT
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released their annual religious freedom report Monday and found that religious freedom worldwide “has been under serious and sustained assault” since their 2015 report.
April 29, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) joined a nationwide day of readings of “I Am Jazz” Thursday by reading the controversial children’s book that chronicles the life of a biological boy, Jazz Jennings, who identifies as a girl.