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Of Blinders and Binders

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I think Gov. Mitt Romney is getting a bum wrap over his comment about "binders of women" during this week's debate. As I noted the other day, I find it interesting that after many years as a successful businessman that he was not already acquainted with plenty of able women to staff his administration, but the focus on the phrase "binders of women" is ridiculous. Everyone watching knew what he meant and what he meant was a good thing.

Cardinal Dolan's Home Run at Al Smith Dinner

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The Al Smith Dinner last night was the capstone of a successful campaign this year: Cardinal Timothy Dolan is now universally acknowledged as the savviest politician in the U.S. of A. First, he was the only person on the dais last night to address both national conventions. Then, last night, he presided over the only one of the four face-to-face meetings of the two candidates at which no one will blame the moderator. (Rocco has the video here.)

Amy Sullivan on "Mitt the Man"

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Amy Sullivan at the New Republic looks at Mitt Romney's performance through a distinctly female lens, and in the process pens a piece that is equal parts humor and incisive observation. I, too, was struck my Romney's tale of seeking out smart, capable women for his cabinet when he was Governor of Massachusetts. But, I had a slightly different take on that part of the debate. Sullivan was struck by the fact that Mitt seemed amazed there were so many smart, capable women out there available for hire.

Bp Madden on Ecumenism & Vatican II

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The USCCB is posting a series of blog entries relating to the anniversary of Vatican II. The most recent post comes from Bishop Denis Madden, chair of the USCCM Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Truly, the changed relationship between the Catholic Church and our brothers in Christ and non-Christian brothers in humanity, is one of the most obvious and outstanding fruits of the Second Vatican Council.

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