Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Contraceptive Coverage Mandate in Health Care Law

On Tuesday the Supreme Court agree to hear a case based on the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The question at stake is whether employers can refuse to provide their employees with mandated contraceptives if the employers have religious objections to contraceptives. Supreme Court justices have agreed to review two … Continue reading

Pope Francis Calls On Rich to Share, Says Unfettered Capitalism is ‘Tyranny’

In his first major work written as Pontiff, Pope Francis has called out “unfettered capitalism as ‘a new tyranny’” and is “urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality.” Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, an 84-page document which is tantamount to his official platform, builds on views Francis “has aired in sermons and remarks since … Continue reading

We Gather Together to Ask . . .

 by Rosemary and Walter Brasch Segued into a 10-second afterthought, smothered by 60-second Christmas commercials, is the media acknowledgement of Thanksgiving, which nudges us into a realization of all we are thankful for. But the usual litany, even with the omnipresent pictures of the less fortunate being fed by the … Continue reading

Breaking: Iran Nuke Deal Reached

A historic deal has been reached with “Iran and six major powers” that effectively “freezes key parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for temporary relief on some economic sanctions.” The deal was reached after four days of hard bargaining and an “11th-hour intervention by U.S. Secretary of State John F. … Continue reading

The Day John Kennedy Died

Sadly, we recently lost Lou Reed, but his song is among the many poignant remembrances of John F. Kennedy that has been with us for many years…   Check out Adam Clymer’s piece in the NY Times: ‘Kennedy Has Been Shot’: Memories From Nov. 22, 1963… I was the most junior reporter … Continue reading

The Kennedy Legacy

Over the past four weeks, I participated in Larry Sabato’s Coursera class, The Kennedy Half Century. Sabato’s class coordinated with the release of his new book of the same name, The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy. I’ve been a life long Kennedy Democrat, … Continue reading

50 Years Ago When People Read the Newspaper

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assination. Here’s an interesting Tweet with a look at 50 years ago, when people still read the newspaper on public transporation: Commuters leaving New York City read of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Nov. 22, 1963. http://t.co/zIFNoyndro pic.twitter.com/lQdtaZL3lv — LIFE (@LIFE) November … Continue reading

Senate Votes to Limit Filibusters

Facilitating the foremost change in Senate rules in decades, the Senate voted today to remove the use of the filibuster against the majority of presidential nominees. The 52 to 48 vote in the Senate this afternoon to change the rules was driven by the Republican obstructionism that has created a … Continue reading