FPL Daily News Reel: May 9, 2012
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Catholic Bishops Send Letter Criticizing House GOP’s Cuts To Food Assistance, Other Safety Net Programs
By Travis Waldron — Think Progress
[Tuesday], the Bishops sent another letter to members of Congress slamming the GOP’s attempts to cut similar programs in a reconciliation package that will set spending levels for the next fiscal year.
Paul Ryan and the second coming of Compassionate Conservatism
By Suzy Khimm — Washington Post, Wonkblog
At Monday’s budget markup, Republicans firmly rejected the notion that the cuts will actually hurt the poor. “Taking food from children? Not true,” declared Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a freshman Republican from Indiana, sitting at the paper-clogged table where the House committee was finalizing its version of the sequester replacement.
Evidence of a party ‘beyond redemption’
By Steve Benen — MaddowBlog
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) isn’t the first mainstream Republican to be driven from office by a right-wing primary challenger, but his primary defeat last night is arguably the most shocking — and says the most about the radicalization of today’s Republican Party.
Richard Lugar Loses GOP Indiana Senate Primary by Landslide
By Lloyd Grove — Daily Beast
…as the returns rolled in, the Senate’s longest-serving Republican was losing in a humiliating landslide to Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock—the candidate… bankrolled by Washington’s socially conservative and free-market, tax-hating business lobbies.
North Carolina adds ban on gay unions to its constitution
By Lynn Bonner and Jay Price — Raleigh News and Observer
Marriage rights for gay couples has been a topic of national debate this year, and North Carolina’s amendment and the campaigns for and against it drew international attention.
Amendment One, North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban, Passes Vote
By Martha Waggoner — Associated Press
North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, becoming the latest state to effectively slam the door shut on same-sex marriages.
Iowa diocese’s decision on scholarship for gay student causes uproar
By Barb Arland-Fye — Catholic News Service
A gay student at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton has been chosen to receive a scholarship from an Iowa organization that promotes tolerance, but controversy has erupted over presentation of the award.
Immigrant Abuse Runs Rampant in Border Patrol
By Miguel De La Torre — Ethicsdaily.com
A study conducted by No More Deaths, based on 4,130 interviews with 12,895 individuals held in Border Patrol custody from fall 2008 to spring 2011, paints a disturbing portrait of the depth of human rights abuses presently occurring in this country.
The Rev. Patrick Conroy, U.S. House chaplain, talks about conflict and his unusual congregation
By Nancy Haught — Religion News Service
Conroy, 61, was a theology teacher at Jesuit High School here when the opportunity to be House chaplain arose. He was sworn in May 25 as the chamber’s 60th chaplain. In a recent interview, he talked about the challenges of his job and issued a challenge of his own to American citizens. His answers have been edited for length and clarity.