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New issue, new stories

We’ve just posted the latest issue to the homepage, and here are some of the highlights:

  • J. Peter Nixon writes there’s still reason to be optimistic about Obamacare – but that “to understand why, it helps to know a few details about the law.”
  • David Cloutier writes on how luxury compromises Christian witness: “If many Catholics are more willing to admire someone like Dorothy Day than to follow her example, that is also partly because many of us have adapted to our country’s consumer culture—a culture in which affluence is morally innocent or even commendable.”
  • John Garvey on the importance of vows – and “the difference vows can make in a culture where many expect them to be broken” [subscription].

See the full table of contents for the December 20 issue right here.

Also featured today, E. J. Dionne Jr. on the return of the working-class hero: “For the first time in a long time, working people are making their way back into the news.” Read the whole column here

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Insofar as the ACA (website) software is concerned, Obama could not possibly be more correct:  During my career as a circuit/systems engineer. the biggest headaches always turned out to be software problems, because software is very unforgiving.  One piece of S/W code can bring en entire system to it's knees, and finding the miscreant code can be a firefight in a dense jungle.  But since, as Nancy Pelosi famously remarked, "We have to pass the bill to find out what's in it", or words to that effect, S/W code was written to implement provider/user protocols not properly understood and coordinated.  So who's to blame? 

The Christmas issue is ALL men.  

(Was this Commonweal's answer to America's all women issue?)