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FPL Daily News Reel: June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012, 3:32 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

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Paul Ryan (and Mitt Romney) Versus the Nuns
By John Nichols — The Nation
Ryan and the nuns, so clearly at odds over social-justice theory, are framing the 2012 contest with a clarity that is as rare as the wealth gap is daunting.

White House receives political cover on immigration from religious groups
By Jessica Yellin and Dan Merica — CNN, Belief Blog
“We do give credit where credit is due,” said Kevin Appleby, director of Migration and Public Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, on Friday, when Obama made his announcement.

Deportation stay came too late for some
By Adriana Gomez Licon and Alberto Arce — Associated Press
Cortes missed, by three months, President Obama’s decision last week to allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants no older than 30 with high school degrees and no criminal history a chance to stay and work in the country.

Steve King: If I offend you, you don’t belong here
By Alex Seitz-Wald — Salon
The GOP congressman defends comparing immigrants to dogs…“If someone is insulted by that, I don’t know that they belong in this country,” he continued. ”Jesus talked about animals and compared people to animals.

Bishops agree to prepare message on work and the economy
By Dennis Sadowski — Catholic News Service
Now, Bishop Blaire explained, the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development felt that because poverty continues to grow and the economy continues to lag, it is time to address the human and moral costs of the continuing economic crisis in a more public way.

Georgia To Spend $100 Million Meant For Helping Homeowners On Corporate Giveaways Instead
Pat Garofalo — Think Progress
Georgia is hardly alone in siphoning off foreclosure settlement funds to plug holes in its budget. But using the money for corporate handouts — which often backfire on a state and lead to a race to the bottom as states attempt to out-do each other in terms of the biggest giveaways — is doubly insulting to homeowners depending on the settlement to provide them with a lifeline.

The Rottweiler’s Rottweiler
By Bill Keller — New York Times
[Catholic League President Bill] Donohue could be dismissed as a conservative blowhard, one of those laymen who was, ahem, more Catholic than the pope. But the official church has moved far enough to the right that Donohue now speaks for its mainstream.

Too Catholic to Unionize?
By Kaustuv Basu — Inside Higher Ed
A mail-in election scheduled to begin this week to decide whether a group of adjuncts at Duquesne University could unionize was thrown into disarray Friday after university officials filed a motion with the National Labor Relations Board challenging its jurisdiction over the university because it is a Roman Catholic institution.

House GOP to Hold Hearings on Its Hearings on Muslim Radicals in the US
By Adam Serwer — Mother Jones
King’s latest hearing, however, is a reminder that even as homegrown terrorism is on the wane, suspicion of Muslims endures

Southern Baptists Set for a Notable First
By Erik Eckholm — New York Times
The Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination born in 1845 in defense of slavery and a spiritual home to white supremacists for much of the 20th century, is poised to elect its first African-American president.


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