Over at The New Republic, Nate Cohn looks at the fascinating ways the different campaigns are spending on ads, and how certain aspects of the two campaigns' strategies, and the nature of campaign finance laws, continue to help the Obama campaign despite the huge influx of cash to GOP-leaning SuperPACs.
Here is a truth that neither candidate will cop to: There are many factors that will affect the rate of growth of the economy over the next four years – and ten years – and the name of the person sitting in the Oval Office is not the principal factor, maybe not even one of the top three factors.
Over at Religion & Politics, Marie Griffith thinks there is something unseemly about the annual Red Mass. She worries that the justices of the Supreme Court are "expected" to attend a religious service, although she also notes that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not attend and has given her reasons for not attending. Griffith also mistakenly states that this year's Mass was the first at which Justice Elena Kagan was present - Ms. Kagan was there last year too.
Over at Vox Nova, Morning's Minion offers three fallacies about Catholic Social Teaching. Here is further rebuttal to the moral relativism being offered by some of the Catholic apologists for Paul Ryan's economic proposals, which treat prudential judgment as a "get out of jail free" card.
The Labor Department reported that the economy created 114,000 new jobs last month, tipping the unemployment rate below 8 percent for the first time in a long time. But, the really interesting news was in the revisions to previous numbers. Last month, you may recall, the Labor Dept. said that the economy in August added only 96,000 new jobs, prompting shrieks from Mr. Romney and his party. The revised number is 142,000.
The chairmen of Evangelicals & Catholics Together (ECT), Timothy George and Thomas Guarino, have an article up at First Things about the on-going project that was initiated by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus and Chick Colson. I quibble a bit with their historical rendering: ECT did not simply start as an effort to adjudicate relations between the churches in their respective missionary efforts in Latin America.
Some of you may be old enough to remember the game show “To Tell the Truth.” It featured three contestants all claiming to be the same person. The celebrity panelists asked questions to try and determine which of the contestants was who he or she claimed to be. Each show ended with the host saying: “Will the real –insert name- please stand up?”
The election will occur one month from tomorrow. And voters can be forgiven for wishing to mimic the told television show and ask: Will the real - insert Mitt Romney or Barack Obama- please stand up?
Blog: Was last night's presidential debate a success or a huge snooze? Here's Michael Sean Winters' take.
Mark Silk has the story on Pamela Geller's posting anti-Muslim bigotry on billboards and advertisements in subway stations. I had never grasped the connection to Ayn rand in this story, which makes it more interesting, albeit no less repugnant.
Here is the link - http://www.religionnews.com/blogs/mark-silk/gellers-jihad. Besides, everyone should have Silk on their Favorites or Must-Read pages anyway.
My colleague Jerry Filteau has already written an excellent news piece about the conference on International Religious Liberty that was organized by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University, the USCCB and CRS. Full disclosure - I am a visiting fellow at the Institute and helped organize the conference.