FPL News Reel: October 27, 2011
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By Adelle Banks — Religion News Service
Three dozen religious leaders have signed an ad calling on Village Voice Media to remove an adult section of its BackPage.com that they and others claim is a conduit for child sex trafficking.
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
Will we soon see a distinguished-looking older man in long, white robes walking among the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York’s Zuccotti Park? Is Pope Benedict XVI joining the protest movement?
By Joseph Kuhn — Religion News Service
The Faithful Budget Campaign is also targeting the home districts of members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, as the Super Committee is officially known.
By Robert Pear and Jennifer Steinhauer — New York Times
The Democratic plan would trim much more, a total of $2.5 trillion to $3 trillion, through cuts in the growth of federal entitlement programs, including Medicare, and more than $1 trillion in new tax revenues.
By Eric Marrapodi — CNN, Belief Blog
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, waded into a bit of economic theology Wednesday. The staunch Catholic…was asked about the collision of his faith in finance and his faith in the church.
By New York Times, Editorial
Here’s a Capitol riddle for you: Representative Lamar Smith, one of the most reflexively anti-immigrant hard-liners in Congress, is sponsoring a bill to flood the agriculture sector with up to half-a-million visas for guest workers.
By Pema Levy — American Prospect
On November 8…Mississippi voters are expected to approve Amendment 26. The measure would establish the personhood of the fetus from the beginning of biological life and outlaw all abortions without exception.
By Nicholas D. Kristof — New York Times, Opinion
…yes, we face a threat to our capitalist system. But it’s not coming from…Occupy Wall Street protests. Rather, it comes from pinstriped apologists for a financial system that glides along without enough of the discipline of failure…