FPL Daily News Reel: August 9, 2012
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Gaffney Ally Calls His ‘Obama’s A Muslim’ Theory ‘Nutty’
By Ben Armbruster — Think Progress
The duo didn’t offer any new evidence on this supposed Muslim Brotherhood plot, but McCarthy awkwardly got caught denouncing his partner Gaffney’s claims — with Gaffney standing right next to him — that Obama “may still be a Muslim” as “nutty.”
Nuns, at Juncture, Meet to Weigh Their Reply to the Vatican
By Laurie Goodstein — New York Times
The showdown between the Vatican and the nuns has provoked confusion and dismay among many American Catholics, who know nuns as teachers, nurses, social workers and parish administrators who have made sacrifices to serve the church.
Nuns want Romney on the bus
By Steve Benen — MSNBC, Maddow Blog
First, the Nuns on the Bus launched an extraordinary tour, lambasting the House Republican Budget plan crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for the way in which it mistreats the poor. Now the Nuns on the Bus have a few thoughts for the Republicans’ presidential hopeful.
“Please Let It Be Ryan”
By Michael Sean Winters — National Catholic Reporter, Distinctly Catholic
If Romney chooses Ryan [as his running mate], he is choosing, not offering words of support for, his budget plans. And the USCCB has already stated clearly that the Ryan budget fails its three part definition of a moral budget…
Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand
By Daniel Treiman — Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Capital J
If Ryan ends up as Romney’s pick, one can expect liberals to take aim at him over his past praise for Rand, as indeed they already have. Some left-leaning Christians went after Ryan last year…
Combating Islamophobic violence
By Glenn Greenwald — Salon
All of this reveals a broader truth: Islamophobia in the United States is pervasive and intense, and worse, is as ignored and tolerated as it is destructive. The greatest harm from these incidents is not to the property they damage. It’s the climate of fear that is created for Muslims living in the United States.
A new generation of Sikh Americans step up
By Valarie Kaur — Washington Post
With the support and blessing of our elders, we are using 21st century tools to organize, educate, and serve. In the wake of this particular tragedy, you can find us organizing vigils, working with law enforcement, using social media and speaking on the airwaves.
The Most Influential Evangelist You’ve Never Heard Of
By Barbara Bradley Hagerty — NPR
David Barton is not a historian. He has a bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Oral Roberts University and runs a company called WallBuilders in Aledo, Texas. But his vision of a religion-infused America is wildly popular with churches, schools and the GOP, and that makes him a power.
Obama: Romney ‘more suited to the 1950s’ on women’s health
By Kathleen Hennessey — Los Angeles Times
President Obama on Wednesday cast Republican Mitt Romney as a throwback to the 1950s on issues related to women’s health in a speech aimed at winning women’s votes in a key battleground.
VIDEO: Contraception Coverage Issue Continues To Smolder On Capitol Hill
By Kaiser Health News
Jackie Judd and KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey discuss the continuing dispute over the health law provision mandating free-to-consumers contraception coverage, as the focus broadens from Congress to the courts as well.