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The Presidential Popularity Problem

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both need to boost their popularity, but Clinton has more room to grow. History tells us she could get that boost.
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The Politics of Attrition

Spain is at a political impasse. How could the center-right People’s Party, so mired in scandal, finish first in the general elections?
CNS/L'Osservatore Romano: Pope Francis greets Paloma Garcia Ovejero, Greg Burke

Letter from Rome

There won't be "reform of the reform" after all. Francis shakes up the Vatican's financial management, chooses new (lay, non-Italian) leadership at the press office.


By the time Diego moved in, I was forty and Diego fifty, our marginal existences long established. We ranted about the torture regime he once fled. We danced tangos.

Europe After Brexit

The British referendum revealed the weakness of the political establishment. The phenomenon points to the opening of a new chapter in Europe's post-war history.
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Letter from Rome

As the CDW sets up a new commission, is there hope for Vatican II Catholics that the pope will firmly resist any attempts to roll back the clock on those reforms?

How Did We Get Here?

Where is a compelling vision of human well-being? Missing is the sense that “we are all really responsible for all.” This feeds into the hands of people like Trump.

Only the Next Step

The tensions within Orthodoxy are partly theological. But there is also a more worldly clash of interests, including the rivalry between Constantinople and Moscow.

Sound & Fury

Brexit may end up being not a setback but an opportunity. And a decade or two from now, we may well find it difficult to recall what all the fuss was about.
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Letter from Rome

Despite allowing a study on the female deaconate, the pope seemed to rule out any new structure in the church that would concretely incorporate women’s voices.

Patients before Profits

When it comes to the world’s most deadly diseases, our profit-based pharmaceutical system is a failure. That's why Rachel Kiddell-Monroe wants fundamental change.
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Will the Church Get Women Deacons?

Clergy who obsess about the dangers of clericalism in women are projecting their own sins and selling short women’s capacity for virtue.
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