FPL Daily News Reel: August 22, 2012
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Obama And Romney Faith Interview: Candidates Speak Openly About Religion
By Cathedral Age
Washington National Cathedral’s magazine, Cathedral Age, asked President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney an identical set of questions about the presence of faith in their lives and the role of religion in America.
‘You’re On Your Own’: Obama Readies Education Offensive Attacking Ryan Budget
By Pema Levy and Evan McMorris-Santoro — Talking Points Memo
Paul Ryan’s addition to the Republican presidential ticket unleashed a new back-and-forth over the future of Medicare. But Democrats believe Ryan also gives them an opening to talk about another seminal issue tied to the congressman’s controversial budget: education.
In Exclusive Interview, Paul Ryan Distances Self From Todd Akin
By CBS Pittsburgh
Ryan, like Romney, distanced himself from Akin’s remarks, but in Congress, he joined Akin in opposing abortions even when a woman has been raped.
Akin Fiasco Gets Rove to Admit, Again, Why Crossroads Exists
By George Zornick — The Nation
Crossroads GPS ads are supposed to simply be educational—so why are they suddenly being pulled in Missouri?
GOP platform calls for more Arizona-style immigration laws
By Cameron Joseph — The Hill
The official party position now reads that “State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked,” and says the Department of Justice should immediately drop its lawsuits against controversial state immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah.
Latino evangelicals find political voice
By Joseph Treviño — Arizona Daily Star
Samuel Rodríguez, a pastor and the head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an organization that claims 40,118 affiliated churches, said that in Arizona alone the group has managed to register 98,000 Latinos to vote.
Five Things Government Does Better Than You Do
By Monica Potts — American Prospect
There are many ways in which the government can make better decisions with our money than we can, and there are many ways that the Ryan budget would make society worse off by getting rid of government programs. Here are five.
NYPD: Muslim spying led to no leads, terror cases
By Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo — Associated Press
In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department acknowledged in court testimony unsealed late Monday.
Black Baptist says racism still a problem
By Bob Allen — Associated Baptist Press
While predominantly white denominations prefer to save face about their shortcomings on racial-justice issues, Shosanya said, much of the posturing about being “one in Christ” is often anemic “when the rubber hits the road,” especially when that requires the sharing or relinquishing of power.
Stopping the GOP assault on democracy
By Katrina vanden Heuvel — Washington Post, Opinion
Few people spending more money to influence fewer voters in fewer states: That’s what shrinking democracy looks like. The only thing growing is the price tag. This is more than an election-year issue — it’s an existential crisis.