Editor's note

Yesterday, the second day of his inaugural overseas trip, President Donald Trump urged leaders in the Muslim world to take the lead on the “crisis of Islamic terrorism.” Trump described the fight against global terrorism as not “between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations,” but between “good and evil.”

In doing so, Trump walked a well-worn path, emphasized by many U.S. presidents. Where he broke with precedent, says religious historian David Mislin, was in failing to acknowledge the large Muslim population in the U.S. and its contributions to American society.

Back in Washington, former FBI director Robert Mueller is starting work as special counsel to investigate Russia-Trump ties. Penn State historian Douglas Charles argues that “Mueller’s character was revealed when he threatened to resign twice during his time as FBI director.”

How are musical hits created, packaged and promoted? In the past, industry executives relied on producers who possessed “golden ears.” Today, they have a lot more objective information at their disposal – especially the massive amounts of data produced by music fans who stream, search for and download their favorite songs.

Kalpana Jain

Senior Editor, Religion & Ethics

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President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

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