Iran-Vatican Detente?

29 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Iran’s President Hassan Rohani has informally begun a dialogue between the Islamic and Christian worlds, America, the Jesuit magazine, reported this week. He expressed hope for the alliance between Iran and the Holy See regarding major issues that shake… read full story

Clinton: Seeking State Department Legacy

27 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Secretary of State John Kerry, at a recent symposium on Afghan women at Georgetown, praised his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom he referred to “Madam Secretary-Senator-First Lady-Everything. Kerry’s remarks drew applause from the crowd but they also pointed to… read full story

Pope Francis Slams Unholy Markets, Idolaltry of Money

26 November 2013 |permalink | email article

In his first major work Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church to commit itself to fighting poverty and called on world leaders to become more concerned about the current state of society. He opened the door to reforms in… read full story

GOP Governors Distance Themselves From DC

25 November 2013 |permalink | email article

An ambitious group of powerful state governors, led by Cris Christie of New Jersey and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana used the Republican Governors Association annual conference in Arizona last week to both criticise the strategy of their party’s leaders… read full story

Unmasking Gov. Scott Walker

24 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairman Mike Tate savaged Walker’s new book on Monday, saying he omitted critical facts and using it as a promotional tool to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Tate said glaring omissions include… read full story

Can Obama Learn from J.F. K.‘s Mistake?

23 November 2013 |permalink | email article

The greatest problem of Kennedy’s presidency was the Bay of Pigs invasion. No sooner had he taken the oath of office than he discovered that the Pentagon and the C.I. A. were preparing to sent 1,500 Cuban exiles to… read full story

Senate: New Rules on Filibusters

21 November 2013 |permalink | email article

A historic and bitterly divided Senate voted Thursday to ease the confirmation process for most presidential nominees, a momentous and potentially risky step that limits the ability of Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s choices for executive-branch and most… read full story

Tea Partiers Debate New Shutdown

21 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Conservative leaders from more than a dozen outside groups warned congressional Tea Party Caucus members against another government shutdown. A heated discussion broke out Wednesday at a closed-door Tea Party Party Caucus meeting organized by the group TheTeaParty.net, according… read full story

The Cheney Feud

20 November 2013 |permalink | email article

As Maureen Dowd reported the Cheney feud is the most stomach-turning, with Liz Cheney grubbing for a Senate seat as a carpetbagger against an incumbent Republican. What on earth makes her qualified to be a senator? How come she… read full story

Catholic Bishops: Expand Priorities

16 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, in his final address as president of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, called on them to take up the cause of Christians in many countries who have been persecuted and killed for their faith. But… read full story

Boehner Kills Immigration Push

14 November 2013 |permalink | email article

The House Speaker signaled the end to push for major immigration legislation this year. He ruled out negotiations between the House and the Senate on an expansive immigration overhaul similar to one approved by the Senate and with bipartisan… read full story

Bulger’s Victims

14 November 2013 |permalink | email article

It was a flood of emotion that overwhelmed a federal courtroom in Boston on Wednesday when relatives of Whitey Bulger told of ther loves and their losses—and their utter contempt for the defendant. Bulger , 84, was convicted in… read full story

Archbishop To Lead U.S. Bishops

12 November 2013 |permalink | email article

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday elected Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville Ky..a prelate who has earned a reputation as a consensus-seeker, president of their conference on the first ballot. He succeeds Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of… read full story

Food Stamps: Harder Choices on Poor

08 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Cuts in food stamps, a $10 or $20 cut in in the monthly food budget would be absorbed with little notice.  But for millions of poor Americans who rely on food stamps, reductions that begin this month present awful… read full story

GOP Weighs Clout Of Right Wing

07 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Party leaders are grappling with the vexing divisions over its identity and image, and mainstream leaders complain that more ideologically-driven conservatives are damaging the party with tactics like the government shutdown. The debate intensified on Wednesday after Kenneth T.… read full story

Joe Biden Deserves Respect

06 November 2013 |permalink | email article

As Mark Halperin and John Heilemann write in their new book, “Double Down,” Joe Biden worried that he would be cast as the buffoon, calling it the “Uncle Joe Syndrome,” and he confronted the president about it at a… read full story

2016: Is Hillary Already In?

05 November 2013 |permalink | email article

A poll released last week by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal charted the decline. It found that the percentage of Americans who favor her favorably dropped to 46 from 56. The percentage with unfavorable views had risen,… read full story

Virginia GOP Wake-Up Call

03 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Kathleen Parker, the Washington Post conservative columnist, is among those predicting that Terry McAuliffe will be elected Virginia governor on Tuesday. Washington Post polling shows that the Democratic businessman and fundraiser has a double-digit lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli… read full story

Replacing Biden with Clinton?

02 November 2013 |permalink | email article

The journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, in their new book, “Double Down,” being released this week, provides a detailed description of the effort inside the senior circle of Obama advisers to replace Vice President Joseph R. Biden with… read full story

Obama and Big Donors

01 November 2013 |permalink | email article

The President, who is known to detest the intense care and feeding some campaign donors require, told his campaign manager that he could not even name his top five bundlers—“I just have no idea.” After meeting with the liberal… read full story

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