FPL Daily News Reel: June 25, 2012
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Supreme Court rejects much of Arizona immigration law
By Robert Barnes and N. C. Aizenmann — Washington Post
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected much of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, but upheld other provisions, giving a partial victory to the Obama administration.
Why are evangelicals supporting immigration reform?
By Lisa Miller — Washington Post
Often, these “bipartisan” religious efforts lack heft…This statement, though, is a document of exceptional accord among groups that rarely find themselves on the same side of anything.
Vatican Gets Fox Media Adviser
By Nicole Winfield and Victor L. Simpson — Associated Press
The Vatican has brought in the Fox News correspondent in Rome to help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades.
Archbishop Lori: Church must remain ‘obstacle’ to fully secular culture
By Maria Wiering — Catholic News Service
Even if current religious liberty threats were overcome, the Catholic Church would still need to face “powerful forces which seek to prevent religious faith from exerting an appropriate and necessary influence within our culture,” [Lori] said.
Minnesota archbishop becomes a union buster
By Tom Gallagher — National Catholic Reporter
The conservative Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis is channeling his inner Scott Walker, the controversial, union-busting Republican governor of neighbor Wisconsin.
My Take: Where are the Catholics (and how will they vote)?
By Stephen Prothero — CNN, Belief Blog
If the 2012 election continues to tighten, part of the story as Obama and Romney kick their campaigns into high gear will be whether Catholics will push the president over the top in key swing states…
What Rev. William Lynn’s conviction means for the Catholic Church
By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo — Washington Post, On Faith
To a reasonable observer, this case demonstrates that the courts will not afford clergymen a version of the Nazi’s Nuremburg defense that they “were only following orders.”
Real People, Real Problems: The Stakes of the Obamacare Lawsuit
By Jonathan Cohn — The New Republic
If by now you’re thinking, gee, maybe I could end up becoming one of those people, you’re right. Death and taxes aren’t the only certain things in life. Accident, illness, and injury are too.
Why Are Republicans Waging War on Food Stamps Now?
By Jordan Weissmann — The Atlantic
Hunger is high. Overpayments are low. The economy is weak, and food stamps are a strong stimulus. What exactly is the problem the GOP is trying to solve?
The GOP’s Dead-End Marriage Program
By Stephanie Mencimer — Mother Jones
The research is in on a high-priced Bush-era initiative to promote marriage to poor people. It’s time for a divorce.
Corporate Profits Just Hit An All-Time High, Wages Just Hit An All-Time Low
By Henry Blodget — Business Insider, Opinion
That’s not what has made America a great country. It’s also not what most people think America is supposed to be about. So we might want to rethink that.
Theology Behind Bars
By Kerry Weber — America
Each week, George Williams, S.J., stands in the front of this room wearing his priestly garb and collar. In front of him sits a group of up to a dozen men wearing another sort of uniform: the navy sweats, powder blue scrubs and denim jackets issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.