Will the Obama administration go a step further and acquiesce to Republican demands, which some say amount to an attempt to rewrite and erase history?
We say: The use of torture and its promotion by U.S. government personnel is an indelible stain upon the nation's conscience. It will not wash off.
U.S. military expertise and resources are crucial in defeating the Islamic State, Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq said.
NCR Today: Francis needs to speak about the plight of the poor, both domestically and worldwide, immigration issues, and climate change.
NCR Today: At the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama was highly critical of terrorism committed in the name of Islam, and rightly so.
"We see faith driving us to do right, But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge -- or worse, sometimes used as a weapon."
In her confirmation hearing, Loretta Lynch, the nominee for attorney general, stated mater-of-factly that waterboarding is torture. Some of the senators on the Judiciary Committee holding the hearing disagree with her, but they gave her no argument. They asked where she stood, and she said waterboarding is torture.
Gov. Chris Christie created a stir during a trade trip to London this week when he defended parents' right to decide whether their children should get mandated vaccines -- remarks that a spokesman quickly clarified by saying the governor "believes vaccines are an important public health protection."
Back home in New Jersey, where Christie's health commissioner has been a vocal advocate for vaccinations, parents already have the right to make those decisions if they put in writing that accepting vaccines violates their religious beliefs.
It was encouraging to see that the Republican governor of Indiana has decided to provide Medicaid coverage to eligible citizens in his state.
Jonathan Chait unpacks another incredible claim made by Catholic Republican Paul Ryan that "the Obamanomics that we're practicing now have exacerbated inequality."