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FPL Daily News Reel: May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012, 11:45 am | Posted by Casey Schoeneberger

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Analysis: Catholic bishops divided in legal battle against Obama birth control mandate
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
…the strategy has also exposed serious fault lines within the U.S. hierarchy, as some leaders are privately and even openly questioning the legal and political ramifications of the bishops’ latest battle with the White House.

The battle among Catholic bishops
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
…in recent months, a series of events — among them the Vatican’s rebuke of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, encouraged by right-wing U.S. bishops — have angered more progressive Catholics and led to talk among the disgruntled faithful of the need for a “Catholic spring” to challenge the hierarchy’s shift to the right.

Payday loan bill invites greed
By Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial
Churches, community groups, and civil rights organizations in Missouri have decided not to wait for government to protect them. They have collected 180,000 signatures on a petition for a referendum on legislation to stop usury.

EXCLUSIVE: Tea Party Icon Allen West Says He’s Willing ‘To Talk About Raising Taxes’ To Lower Debt And Deficit
By Scott Keyes — Think Progress
Perhaps the most beloved member of the freshman Republican class, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) made a startling announcement on Tuesday: he’s willing to discuss raising taxes in order to address the nation’s budget shortfall.

JPMorgan Hearing: Market Regulators Warn They’re Broke, Outgunned By Wall Street
By D.M. Levine — Huffington Post
The inadequacy of the SEC budget is an issue that Schapiro has raised in the past, and one that sits at the heart of criticism that the regulator is not able to fully monitor and regulate financial markets.

Voting Out Austerity
By America, Editorial
It would be a shame if politicians in the United States, who appear bent on repeating Europe’s recent mistakes, do not learn from the hard-earned wisdom of European voters.

Are the World’s Wealthiest Nations Doing Enough to Fight Hunger?
By Tobin Grant — Christianity Today, Politics Blog
Adam Taylor, World Vision’s vice president for advocacy, said the G8 nations need to fulfill their promises and distribute the remaining funds.

NJ Muslim leaders scheduled to meet again with attorney general on NYPD surveillance program
By Associated Press
Muslim leaders who have been demanding a formal investigation into the New York Police Department’s surveillance of businesses, mosques and Muslim student groups will meet Thursday with New Jersey’s top state law enforcement official.

Muslims to gather to combat anti-Shariah movement
By Omar Sacirbey — Religion News Service
Some 15,000 Muslims are expected at this weekend’s 37th annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America in Hartford, where the theme of “Defending Religious Freedom: Understanding Shariah” reflects the worry that anti-Muslim activists are fanning fear of Islamic law to marginalize U.S. Muslims.

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