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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.


The Senate Intelligence Committee’s recent report on the CIA’s discontinued interrogation-and-detention program confirmed what many Americans have long suspected: that public officials at the CIA and in the George W. Bush administration have not been altogether truthful in their accounts of what that program entailed, how many detainees it included, and how useful it was in obtaining actionable intelligence in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

New issue, now live

Our December 19 issue is now live on the website. Among the highlights: A new short story from Alice McDermott, “You Will Be Missed”; Paul Schaefer’s “A Brief for the Baroque,” in which he discusses Milwaukee’s grand, century-old Basilica of St.

Out of the Shadows

A delegation of U.S. bishops traveled to Nogales, Arizona, in April to say Mass at the Mexican border and call attention to the human cost of the broken U.S. immigration system: dangerous conditions at the border; separated families and unaccompanied children; underpaid and exploited workers; fearful immigrant communities. Cardinal Seán O’Malley preached in English and Spanish on the parable of the Good Samaritan. “We come here today to be a neighbor and to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risk their lives and at times lose their lives in the desert,” he said.

Letters | Deciding to die in America

Deciding how we die

Gerald Coleman and Margaret McLean, in their article “As We Lie Dying” (September 12), make some excellent points about Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). Kansas and Missouri health-care providers are introducing a similar program called Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP). As someone who has been involved in providing hospice services for over thirty years, I know only too well how “woefully unprepared many people [are] for life’s final transition,” as Coleman and McLean write.