FPL Daily News Reel: July 17, 2012
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The Power of Anonymity
By New York Times, Editorial
Voters concerned about the big-money distortion of politics now know precisely who put the issue quietly to bed.
DISCLOSE Campaign Spending Act Blocked By Senate Republicans
By Paul Blumenthal — Huffington Post
Senate Republicans blocked a bill Monday evening to increase transparency in campaign spending by independent groups.
And what about non-liberal Christianity, Ross?
By Mark Silk — Religion News Service
If only they had stuck to the old time religion, they wouldn’t be shedding parishioners by the flockload. And yet, as RNS’ humble aggregator Dan Burke notes, old-time religion-stickers like the Southern Baptist Convention and Douthat’s own Catholic church have also been losing their sheep at a rapid pace. So what gives?
The Triumph of Hypothetical Evil Over Real Evil
By Aaron Taylor — Sojourners, God’s Politics
…maybe sometimes it’s better for good people to make sure that the evil they seek to thwart is a real evil and not a hypothetical one. Millions of Christians in Africa are praying for the negotiation of a robust international Arms Trade Treaty. Unlike rich, white American radio hosts, they know what real evil looks like…
Several TN county GOPs call for sanctions on Gov. Haslam
By Chas Sisk — Tennessean
Rank-and-file Republicans, including some in the party’s suburban Nashville stronghold, have condemned Gov. Bill Haslam for policies that include the hiring of gay individuals, Democrats and a Muslim-American lawyer.
Her Muslim Witch Hunt
By Alex Seitz-Wald — Salon
Michele Bachmann demands investigations into the Muslim Brotherhood’s “deep penetration” into the U.S. government.
Republican-led House panel keeps ‘activist’ EPA in its crosshairs
By Zack Colman — The Hill, E^2 Wire
Upton chastised President Obama and the EPA for using the Clean Air Act as a way to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.