The Editors

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Boehner's Blunder

The bitter partisan politics of the past six years in Washington has made governing almost impossible, delayed economic recovery, and alienated the American people. This has damaged President Barack Obama’s standing with voters, but it has tarnished Congress even more. Partisanship has, of course, long played a role in debates about U.S. foreign policy. More often than not, however, Congress and the executive branch have forged a united front on fundamental questions regarding U.S. interests abroad.

New issue, new stories on the homepage

Our February 6 issue (the theological books issue) is now live on the website.

Letters | Human error, borders, monsters, bells

Perfection

I had to respond to an aside in Paul Baumann’s December 8 dotCommonweal piece regarding the shakeup at the New Republic, in which he describes its staff’s loyalty as “about as common as a typo-free newspaper (or magazine).”

Letter from Rome, the editors on 'Charlie Hebdo'

Now featured on the homepage, Robert Mickens’s Letter from Rome, in which he writes on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Francis’s ecumenical efforts, and whether Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila might be the successor to the current pontiff. Read it all here.

Also, the editors on what to make of Charlie Hebdo in the aftermath of the Paris attacks:

Call It Courage

In response to the events of September 11, 2001, the French newspaper Le Monde famously ran a headline declaring, “Nous sommes tous Américains” (We are all Americans). After the January 7 attack on the offices of the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a parallel expression of solidarity soon began appearing on banners, public monuments, and social media: “Je suis Charlie.” Never mind that many of those who repeated these words—including many Americans—had never seen the publication, and would likely find it offensive if they did.

New issue, new E. J. Dionne Jr.

Just posted to the website: Our January 23 issue. Among the highlights:

Letters | Popes, Councils, & Scarcity at the Supermarket

Of Councils & Popes

Francis Oakley’s article (“Authoritative & Ignored,” October 24, 2014) is provocative and interesting, but some of the claims made are in need of qualification. The following can be noted:

Mario Cuomo, Politician

Former New York governor Mario Cuomo, who died January 1 at the age of eighty-two, was a reader and supporter of, and occasional contributor to, this magazine.

New issue, new E. J. Dionne Jr.

Our new issue is now live on the homepage. Highlights include Rand Richards Cooper on what made John Updike John Updike; Richard Alleva on the "near-masterpiece" that is the Alejandro González Iñárritu film Birdman; Paige E.