FPL News Reel: October 17, 2011
By Associated Press
Thousands of people gathered Sunday to give the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial a proper dedication on the National Mall after its opening in August.
By McKay Coppins — Daily Beast
…new evidence suggests that Perry’s team may be quietly advancing the notion that Mitt Romney’s faith should disqualify him from the White House.
By Jane Eisner — Jewish Daily Forward
…The hundreds of Jews who gathered across from Zuccotti Park for Kol Nidre services October 7 — in solidarity (their words) with the Occupy Wall Street encampment across the street — were upholding a tradition that began in Revolutionary War times…
By New York Times, Editorial
When Warren Buffett pointed out that the American tax system was so egregiously rigged that he paid a smaller share of his income in taxes than his secretary, very few of his peers chimed in. It was so quiet that one might have thought Mr. Buffett’s case was a fluke. It wasn’t.
By Tanya Somanader — Think Progress
Pointing to the public’s “complaint” about the unfair economic playing field, [Cantor] insisted that Congress should rely on America’s wealthy “to take care of income disparity”.
By Jonathan Cohn — The New Republic
The Obama Administration is pulling the plug on CLASS, the long-term insurance program within the Affordable Care Act.
By Bill Mears — CNN
Among the provisions temporarily blocked from being enforced are…One requiring state officials to check the immigration status of students in public schools;
By Michelle Boorstein — Washington Post
Moore…speaks in hip, Millennial ways about his own conservative political agenda that is pro-small government and anti-Obamacare.
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg — New York Times
In ticking off his credentials on the campaign trail — management consultant, businessman, governor — Mitt Romney omits what may have been his most distinctive post: Mormon lay leader…
By Steve Pearlstein — Washington Post, Opinion
…wouldn’t it be refreshing if we had more candidates whose vision for reviving the American economy revolved around positive ideas for ensuring that the benefits of economic growth will be widely shared?
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
Lost in the hubbub over Herman Cain’s love affair with the number nine during last week’s Republican debate were some compelling observations by Rick Santorum about “the breakdown of the American family” and its relationship to poverty.
By Anthea Butler, Elizabeth Drescher, Peter Laarman, Sarah Posner and Nathan Schneider — Religion Dispatches
…everything felt in some sense religious. The trappings of ordinary religion–rituals, structured prayers, etc.–felt pretty unnecessary, since every moment seemed already so charged with a secret extremity and transcendence…