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FPL Daily News Reel: June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012, 1:00 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

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Administration plan could spare hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from deportation
By Associated Press
The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

The Democratic Road Not Taken
By Gary Hart — New York Times, Campaign Stops
For more than four decades most Americans identified the Democratic Party with a social contract and safety net, equality of justice and opportunity, and progressive — yes, even liberal — causes. Sometime in the last 30 years the party of progress and change — Emerson’s party of hope — became the party of reactionary liberalism.

Post-New Deal America Needs Unions
By Harold Meyerson — American Prospect, Opinion
Those who think workers only needed to organize in the bad old days need to face the hard truth: We’re living in them.

Editorial: RomneyCare, the sequel, falls short
By USA Today, Editorial
Mitt Romney got it right the first time: As governor of Massachusetts, he championed a plan that required virtually everyone to have health insurance and provided subsidies for those who couldn’t afford it. The state still struggles with cost containment, but RomneyCare, the original, produced near-universal coverage and served as a model for the national reform President Obama pushed through Congress in 2010.

Perhaps we need some help with PR, say Catholic bishops in U.S.
By Mitchell Landsberg — Los Angeles Times
[Bishop] Wester said it was time for the bishops to fully embrace the 21st century array of communications tools, and “take a good, hard look” at how well they communicate their message.

Oregon mosque under FBI scrutiny says it’s being pushed to adopt Americanized Islam
By Helen Jung — Religion News Service
There’s one more distinction: At Masjed As-Saber, Oregon’s largest mosque, the people sense that God isn’t the only one scrutinizing their spirituality.

Daniel Berrigan’s ‘Ten Commandments’
By James Martin — America Magazine
Once, several years ago, I wrote to Dan when I was frustrated about something in the church and was tempted to, as Thomas Merton used to say, “blast off,” i.e., speak my mind in not the most sensible way. In response to an agitated letter, Dan, who had himself known Merton, wrote me to counsel patience, and reminded me that I’m in this “for the long haul.” I think his “Commandments” are useful in the church today.


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