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FPL Daily News Reel: May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012, 2:20 pm | Posted by Casey Schoeneberger

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Conservatives used to care about community. What happened?
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
[Romney's] moved to the right on tax cuts and twisted himself into a pretzel over the health-care plan he championed in Massachusetts — because conservatives are no longer allowed to acknowledge that government can improve citizens’ lives.

Catholics caught between bishops, Obama’s birth control mandate
By Lisa Miller — Washington Post, On Faith
…this dynamic is untenable, as any good family therapist will tell you. The real solution is, as Blaire suggests, for Mommy and Daddy to talk to each other, and work it out. Or the kids will find a happier home someplace else.

Conservative Activists Gather To Plot Defense Of ‘Religious Liberty’
By Lauren Markoe — Religion News Service
Like-minded religionists of several denominations — including Southern Baptist leader Richard Land and Baltimore Archbishop William Lori — gathered in Washington Thursday (May 24) to organize a response to what they see as the sorry state of religious freedom in America today.

Illinois legislature passes deep health care cuts
By Ray Long — Chicago Tribune
Hundreds of thousands of poor Illinoisans would lose health coverage, prescription drug discounts for seniors would be dropped and dental care for adults would be greatly curtailed as part of $1.6 billion in budget cuts lawmakers approved yesterday.

Christian witness for gays in Uganda
By Thomas Patrick Melady and Richard Cizik — Washington Post, On Faith
…we believe it’s time for more U.S. faith leaders to speak out against systematic efforts to demonize gay Ugandans before it’s too late.

Maine churches planning to collect cash to fund opposition to gay marriage ballot question
By Clarke Canfield — Associated Press
While many churches are joining the campaign against the referendum, others of various denominations are working to support the ballot measure.

Christie Accepts Monitoring of Muslims
By Associated Press
The determination, by the state attorney general, concerned tactics of the New York Police Department like videotaping mosque-goers and collecting their license plate numbers.

NYPD Muslim probe may have been legal, but wasn’t right
By Newark Star-Ledger, Editorial
And more important, the revelation of the NYPD’s actions violated the trust of the law-abiding Muslims they monitored, and their neighbors and supporters.

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