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Yesterday, the Brookings Institution co-hosted an event with George Mason University and City University London on the role of religion in foreign policy. Sara Silvestri from London and Peter Mandaville from George Mason, both of whom were on the panel, have been meeting with foreign policy leaders on both sides of the Atlantic, inquiring about and assessing the degree to which religion is considered in the formulation and execution of foreign policy. They were joined yesterday by Shaun Casey, who serves as special advisor to the U.S.

Professor George at Natl Cath Prayer Breakfast

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It is a very good thing that Cardinal Sean O’Malley spoke at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast earlier this week. Someone needed to remind the assembled diners about the Joy of the Gospel. Because, before the cardinal took to the microphone, the assembly was treated to a culture war diatribe from Professor Robert George that might well have been entitled “The Misery of the Gospel.”

Professor George opened with these strange words:

Money vs. the Common Good

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Over at Millennial, Robert Christian has a great article about the recent event at John Carr's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought in Public Life. Christian rightly notes that one of the threads of the evening's discussion was the corrupting influence of money on the political process. How different our political landscape would be if our jurisprudence did not confuse cash and speech!

In Praise of Smoke-Filled Rooms

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This morning’s Washington Post contains a story about Congressman Eric Cantor, who is facing a primary challenge from a Tea Party-backed economics professor for the Republican nomination. Cantor, who is Majority Leader of the House, threw his support behind an incumbent district chairman at a party convention last week, and the incumbent lost to another Tea Party-backed candidate.

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