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The GOP's First Debate: Who Won & Who Lost?


I one of the news stories this morning, last night’s debate was described as “scintillating.” Were we watching the same debate? What the nation witnessed last night was a Republican Party that is so out-of-touch with the American people, it felt at times like we were watching the Onion’s version of a Republican debate. Everyone played true to form, but the forms are mostly ridiculous.

Links for 08/05/15


Today is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. It is one of the most beautiful churches in Rome, and Pope Francis often stops there en route to and from his papal trips outside Rome, to pray the icon of Mary, "Salus Populi Romani," The current archpriest is Cardinal Avril y Castello. Happy feast!

At First Things, a fine article by Peter Berkowitz on Michael Walzer's new book.  

Planned Parenthood: The Videos & the Vote


The reaction to the undercover videos of physicians at Planned Parenthood discussing the dismemberment of unborn children with a view toward being able to harvest their organs shows the potential to reframe this nation’s debate about abortion.  But, last night’s vote in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood shows how the political reaction betrays a flawed strategy that risks missing the opportunity to reframe that debate.

The Koch Brothers and Justice


Charles Koch wants your shackles. In a speech to his Donor Summit this weekend, opened to the press for the first time, Politico reports that Koch claimed, “we aim … to remove the shackles preventing all Americans, especially the disadvantaged, from pursuing their dreams.” He likened his efforts to those of the civil rights movement’s leaders, to the suffragettes, to the abolitionists, and, of course, to the generation of patriots who fought the Revolutionary War.


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October 9-22, 2015


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