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Hope and history turn a corner

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In 2008, Barack Obama was swept into office on a tide of almost overwhelming optimism, idealism and new hope for the future of our country. Young voters, and voters in general, turned out in record numbers. Many of those who supported him believed in a post-racial America, an end to Washington gridlock, the promise of genuine reform. It was one of the most inspirational times I can remember in my adult life.

Catholics’ last pitch for Obama

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america_undecided.jpgCatholic scholars and political activists Ed Gaffney, Douglas W. Kmiec and Patrick Whelan wrote America Undecided: Why Obama Deserves a Second Term as a final attempt to persuade wavering Catholics that President Obama is our best hope to address a Catholic social agenda in the next four years. One has to wonder why it came so late in the election cycle — the publishing date was Oct.

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