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Kmiec's Quixotic Campaign

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Voters will go to the polls in several states tomorrow to cast ballots in primary elections. In California, my friend Doug Kmiec is running as an Independent candidate for Congress. He has built his campaign on the belief that campaign financing is ruining our democracy as well as a much needed reminder that "both parties have let us down." The observation is so obvious yet, how is one to create change when third parties are at such a disadvantage?

Obama's "Values-Free" Foreign Policy

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On no day have I been more relieved that I did not vote for President Barack Obama’s re-election than Wednesday when he addressed the graduating cadets at West Point. My relief is ephemeral because, without my vote, Obama still won and so was able to articulate a foreign policy perspective that explicitly places America’s interests above America’s values. Liberal ideals be damned.

MA Bishops Back Gun Control

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Here is a statement from the Massachusetts Catholic Conference on proposed gun control legislation in the Bay State:

STATEMENT OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF THE COMMONWEALTH ON PROPOSED FIREARM LEGISLATION

“The Roman Catholic Bishops of the Commonwealth are in support of adjustments to existing firearm laws.  Any law that would address the role that violence, some mental illnesses, and substance abuse play in many tragedies involving firearms would be a welcomed advance in this area of the law and would be a great benefit to our society. 

+Nienstedt Should Take the Advice

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The Star-Tribune reports that in a deposition, former Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Rev. Peter Laird, said he had recommended to Archbishop John Nienstedt that he resign his post as archbishop. It is advice that should have been taken at the time. It is advice that should still be taken today. This is not going to end well for the archbishop and the only thing he is prolonging is the misery of the poor people in a great, historic archdiocese that deserves better.

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