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Obama's Breakfast Prayer

If a president says anything critical about what Christians may have done at any point in history, he's destined to be attacked for engaging in “moral equivalence."

'Envy' vs. 'Greed'

Paul Ryan’s "envy economics" label invites a description of his own approach, which would slash taxes on the rich and cut programs for the poor and middle class.

Letter from Rome

It only took thirty-five years, but the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints finally recognized what almost every rational Catholic in the world had already known.

Time to Step Back from the Ukrainian Conflict

The U.S. and its European allies have been the aggressors in this whole unnecessary confrontation. They are the ones who can call it off. There is zero gain in it.

Letter from Rome

Pope Francis has taken steps to bolster synodality and wean the universal Church from its unhealthy obsession with Vatican centralization. How has he done it?

For the Patriots, Without Apology

Isn’t loyalty itself a questionable virtue that can lead people to overlook many ethical issues and to ignore more important moral callings?

'Austerity' Not Spoken Here?

"Austerity" has been the common language of the modern international economy, but is under attack now by the new interpretation of wealth accumulation and finance.

True Confession

I used to think something tragic had happened to bring a person back to confession after so long, perhaps a loss or grim diagnosis. That's almost never the case.

Obama: Damn the Torpedoes

President Obama makes it clear that he thinks it’s more important to win a long-term argument with his ideological opponents than to pretend they'll work with him.

The Community College Cause

The GOP and friends of hard work and self-sufficiency should join Obama in seeking to expand access to community colleges as much as possible.

The Conscience of Mario Cuomo

There will never be another politician like Mario Cuomo, a man shaped by a different age. Yet he taught lessons that will always be fresh.

The Duck That Roared

Since the Democrats' pummeling in November's midterm elections, the president has moved forcefully to show he will use all the power he still has.
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