The Common Good

The Afternoon News: Monday Nov. 14, 2011

THE WASHINGTON POST (ON FAITH):  U.S. Bishops Should Focus On Economy
As the American Catholic bishops gather for their semi-annual meeting this week, the poor are again knocking at their door.
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THE WASHINGTON POST: On Deficit Reduction, The Public Has Spoken: Tax Hikes On Rich, No Cuts To Medicare
This Politico battleground poll is getting lots of attention today because it found solid public skepticism that the deficit supercommittee will reach a deal before the November 23rd deadline.
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CBS NEWS: Perry: My Foreign Aid Budget Starts At Zero
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he would cut the United States' foreign aid budget to zero and then allocate taxpayer dollars depending on each country's support for America, indicating that Pakistan would no longer receive U.S. aid but Israel would.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: John McCain 'Very Disappointed' By GOP Candidates' Endorsement Of Waterboarding
The Republican presidential candidates, save former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), announced during Saturday night's GOP debate that they would reinstitute waterboarding if elected president, arguing that it is an "enhanced interrogation technique" and therefore doesn't violate the Geneva Convention's ban against acts of torture.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Keystone XL: Despite Delay, Oil's Grip Remains Strong
When the State Department moved Thursday to postpone a decision on whether the Keystone XL oil pipeline serves the national interests of the United States -- a question it has been weighing in one form or another for more than three years -- environmental groups found much to celebrate.
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CNN BELIEF BLOG: Latino Evangelicals Challenge Alabama Brethren On Immigration
When the Alabama legislature approved what is considered the nation's toughest anti-illegal immigration law, much of the state's religious community was quick to condemn it.
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THE WASHINGTON POST: Mariann Budde, Diocese Of Washington’s Next Top Bishop, Has Plans For Reviving The Episcopal Church
Budde is among a growing group of Christian leaders who call themselves progressive and think their approach is a better match for an increasingly diverse America. They define progressive Christianity as accepting a range of theological ideas. They work to fix local problems such as poverty and affordable housing, and they look skeptically at powerful institutions, such as Wall Street and major political parties.
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