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Myanmar sets date for 'historic' general election

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According to the BBC, Myanmar will go to the polls Nov. 8 in its first open general election in 25 years, a senior election official said.

The official said the date would be formally announced later Wednesday.

Reform has been underway since 2010, when military rule was replaced by a military-backed civilian government.

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party will square off with Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. She won elections in 1990 that were scrapped.

New numbers paint confused picture of American beliefs

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Days after the 4th of July, a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) paints a disjointed picture of American beliefs regarding the value of public protests, “American Exceptionalism,” America’s moral legitimacy, what is “truly” American, whether America remains a “Christian Nation,” and whether Christians in America are being “persecuted.” 

NCR earns 'General Excellence' honor for 14th time in 15 years

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National Catholic Reporter was named first in "General Excellence" among national Catholic newspapers for the 14th time in 15 years June 26 by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

"The National Catholic Reporter is superb. The variety of story of topics was unmatched by any other paper and the editorials, cartoons, and graphics were excellent," the judges wrote in announcing the winners.

The Democrats and the Wasserman Schultz problem

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As chair of the Democratic National Committee since 2011, Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the public face of the Democratic Party. Elected by over 300 Democratic leaders from across the country, she represents the party on talk shows and serves as a major fundraiser and influential strategist. Her leadership has engendered controversy, however, as a result of questions about her integrity and her advocacy of positions placing her well to the right of most of her fellow Democrats.

Supreme Court decisions and the US Catholic bishops

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The 2015 session of the U.S. Supreme Court produced a number of significant decisions.

We will of necessity focus on arguably the two most significant cases, especially in regard to the hierarchy of the Catholic church. Those decisions are ,of course, the decision authorizing same-sex marriage throughout the country and the decision regarding the Affordable Care Act.

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