FPL Daily News Reel: August 20, 2012
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Paul Ryan’s Uphill Fight for the Catholic Vote
By Lauren Fox — US News & World Reports
“Catholics are steeped in a tradition that puts the common good and community before extreme individualism,” Gehring says. “This is going to be a factor with quite a few moderate Catholic voters in key states where Ryan’s appeals to the wonders of the free market are going to ring hollow.”
Nuns Ask Candidates To Spend A Day With The Poor
By Jacki Lyden — NPR
A group of Catholic nuns say they’re worried about the way GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will approach poverty and safety-net programs, if elected. So the nuns have invited him, and his running mate Paul Ryan, to spend a day with them, helping the poor.
An Unserious Man
By Paul Krugman — New York Times, Opinion
Ryanomics is and always has been a con game, although to be fair, it has become even more of a con since Mr. Ryan joined the ticket.
Can Faithful America Vote for Paul Ryan?
By John W. McCarthy — Huffington Post, Opinion
What is clear is that Paul Ryan does an awful lot of talking about faith but seems to only follow Church teachings when it suits him politically. A few weeks ago he was leading the charge against the president’s balanced contraception policy — now he’s ignoring the urging of his Church leaders to restructure his budgetary priorities.
‘Dreamers’ cautious about Obama’s deferred-action program
By Daniel González and Eugene Scott — Arizona Republic
Undocumented immigrants are taking their time filling out the paperwork for President Barack Obama’s deferred-action program that allows them to legally stay in the country because they have only one chance to get the application right.
Spate of attacks near Ramadan trouble U.S. Muslims
By Yasmin Amer and Moni Basu — CNN
At least seven mosques and one cemetery were attacked in America during Ramadan, according to groups that track such incidents.
Shootings here, there, yet action eludes us
By Josh Brodesky — Arizona Daily Star, Opinion
“We are really well-suited to champion this cause,” Patricia Maisch, who grabbed the magazine from Jared Lee Loughner, told me last week. “I don’t see any reason to stop trying. If I do, then I will have lost a lot of respect for myself.”
Claire McCaskill Reacts To Todd Akin’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Remarks
By Sam Stein — Huffington Post
“I have a hard time imagining a woman uttering the phrase ‘legitimate rape,’” McCaskill said. “It is not something that would ever come out of a woman’s mouth, because it is something every woman is fearful of. I think every woman knows someone who has had to deal with sexual assault.”
In Defense of the Southern Poverty Law Center
By Aaron Taylor — Sojourners, God’s Politics
It’s one thing to say the Bible says homosexuality is a sin and I oppose gay marriage. It’s another thing to say these people are out to get your children!…You can’t single out a group of people as a threat to civilization, and then cast yourself in the role of a victim when people suggest that your words are hate speech.