The CATO Institute's David Boaz has an essay up at Politico that concisely explains why he thinks libertarians have the wind at their backs politically. He may be right.
I suppose this was predictable. Speaker of the House John Boehner has a Republican caucus that is divided on immigration reform. So, how to unite them? Blame Obama. As Politico reports, Boehner is saying the House can't pass immigration reform because they can't trust the President to enforce it. (At least he did not blame Benghazi.) To a degree, I worry that pro-immigrant activists have played into Boehner's hands by calling on the President to stop deportations.
The CEO of Mozilla was recently forced out when it was disclosed that he donated to the campaign for Proposition 8 in California, which banned gay marriage. And, World Vision recently reversed a decision to hire people who have contracted a same-sex marriage after donors to the charity objected.
I enjoy March Madness whether my team, the UConn Huskies, prosper or not. But, it is quite an achievement to have both our men's team and our women's team playing for the national championship. This has happened three times in the past. In 1999, the Duke Blue Devils sent both their men's and women's teams into the championship game but both lost, and the Duke men's team was beaten by, you guessed it, UConn. In 2004, UConn's men's and women's teams both took home the crown, the only time that has happened.
Yesterday's Washington Post Magazine had an interestingly profile of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. The article nicely details the differences between being an advocate on the outside and a member of an administration on the inside.
Archbishop Jose Gomez led an interfaith service at his cathedral in Los Angeles to pray for comprehensive immigration reform. The LATimes has the story.
Distinctly Catholic: George Weigel on EWTN this week voiced displeasure with the Mass on the border, saying it politicized the Mass. He obviously did not get the point.
In this National Review article, Mssr. George Weigel deploys his superior knowledge of how the Holy See operates, after taking swipes at the rest of the journalistic world for our supposed lack of sophistication in really understanding the subtle ways the Vatican sends signals. Among his observations is this:
The Department of Labor announced that the economy added 192,000 jobs in March. Just as importantly, they revised the February and January numbers upwards: The initial reports for those two months were dismal and, it turns out, they were not as bad as feared once the numbers were revised.
Last month, the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, where I am a visiting fellow, hosted its annual dinner at which a prominent Catholic is invited to give the Dean Hoge Memorial Lecture and another prominent Catholic is awarded the Bishop Kaine Medallion for lifelong service to the academy, the nation and the Church. This year, the Medallion was given to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the lecture was given by Sr. Carol Keehan.