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Obama's Global Challenge: Healthy Competition or Unhealthy Nationalism?

Another State of the Union has come and gone. The kingdom of God did not come with it, and the sky did not fall.
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The latest news on Budget Cuts, Republican Response, Congressional Civility, Gabrielle Giffords, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Pakistan, and Select Op-Eds.

State of the Union. President Barack Obama’s second State of the Union address Tuesday night put an urgent, unmistakable emphasis on growing the American economy and creating jobs, while also seeking to preserve the more cooperative tone that has prevailed in Washington since the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat.

Financial Crisis Was Avoidable. The 2008 financial crisis was an “avoidable” disaster caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by Wall Street, according to the conclusions of a federal inquiry.

U.S. Foreign Policy. As the Obama administration confronts the spectacle of angry protesters and baton-wielding riot police officers from Tunisia to Egypt to Lebanon, it is groping for a plan to deal with an always-vexing region that is now suddenly spinning in dangerous directions.

Quote of the Day. "The challenge for Catholic universities is finding a place for bibles and papal decrees between our telescopes and microscopes.” John H. Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, at a ceremonial inauguration yesterday. (Washington Post)

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Remembering the Little Bishop Who Roared

Retired Catholic Bishop Samuel Ruíz Garcia, known as the champion of the poor and indigenous in southern Mexico, died January 24 of complications from diabetes. He was 86.
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Encouraging News from South Sudan, Troubling News from Darfur

I have encouraging news from South Sudan, and I have troubling news from Darfur. Let's start with the South:
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Is Evangelical Christianity Having a Great Gay Awakening?

Some of my dearest friends are gay. Most of my dearest friends are Christians. And more than a few of my dearest friends are gay Christians.
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Conviction and Civility

We are both evangelical Christians who believe that our treatment of the poor, weak, and most vulnerable is how a society is best biblically measured.
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My Undocumented Life: Full of Magic and Meaning

My grandfather taught me that "There is magic and meaning in every moment." These words were passed down to him from his grandfather, and from his grandfather's grandfather, and I witness the truth of those words with my eyes every day. I have come to realize that as Shakespeare wrote, they are "upon me proved." As an undocumented immigrant, I do not need to be accepted into your terrestrially timed nation-state to be the human I was created to be. My life trajectory has a destiny and fate that is not controlled by the powers of empire. As my grandfather taught me, I am sure that there is magic and meaning in my life. Love is what brought me into this world, and it is by compassion and grace that I was raised. I am done begging, sitting, waiting, and crying at your doorstep.

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U.S. Militarization of the Border Provides False Security

You can't miss the barrage of headlines detailing the drug cartel war in Mexico.
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Conversion Stories and Mary Karr's Lit

I used to live in a world where God was a given and unapologetic faith was the lens through which the world was seen and interpreted.
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Defending the 'Cult' of Environmentalism

Environmentalism is "deadly." It is "one of the greatest deceptions of our day," "striving to put America and the world under its destructive control" and "seducing your children." It is a dangerou
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