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Senate Dems Running on Obamacare, the Law, not the Name


E.J. Dionne, in this morning's Washington Post, on the trend among Democrats to embrace the good Obamacare does, while avoiding the toxic name. He rightly notes that the administration did a lousy sales job, and botched the rollout, but it turns out that over 500,000 people in Kentucky now have insurance they would otherwise not have, and Arkansas has seen its rate of uninsured cut in half.

HHS Contraception Saga, Part XXVI


The White House issued yet another iteration of its still controversial contraception mandate on Friday. The most important tweaks to the rule were two. First, religious non-profits, such as charities, universities and hospitals, no longer are expected to fill out a form that is sent to their insurer, who then arranges for the coverage and, instead, these non-profits can merely notify the Department of Health and Human Services which will then arrange for the coverage.

Are Bishops Committing Murder?


At RealClearReligion, my old pal Fr. Robert Sirico is upset about many things, but he thinks there is biblical justification for the idea that corporations are people too, noting that both Adam and Jesus evidence a corporate personality insofar as they stand for all humankind. Setting aside the vulgarity of the comparison, I would ask Fr. Sirico a question: Are those bishops who have declared bankruptcy guilty of murder? 

Damien Thompson Hits His Thumb


Damien Thompson has an essay at the Spectator, where he is an associate editor, about Pope Francis, why he was elected and what the principal goal of his pontificate is. Thompson, who is a gifted writer, is a less gifted analyst. He correctly spies an often over-looked hermeneutical key to understanding Pope Francis – he is a Jesuit – but instead of hitting the nail on the head, Thompson hits his thumb.


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