In the news Oct. 7

The fiscal hostage crisis in Washington enters its second week as Speaker Boehner insists he will continue government shutdown unless he receives concessions on the Affordable Care Act, which is having gridlock troubles of its own unrelated to political snarls.

Ailing U.S. cities seek reboot powered by "immigrant friendly" policies.

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U.S. special forces had a busy weekend. One assault in Somalia appeared to seek retribution for the Kenyan Westgate Mall attack. Guess CIA did not read this week's Current Comment.

Americans Catholics agree with Pope Francis that church rhetoric perhaps too focused on abortion and same-sex marriage.

The state of the world's oceans? Critical according to a new report.

Following another groundbreaking interview with Pope Francis, John Allen offers a brief seminar on Italian journalism--notebook and tape recorder are optional for attendees.

Many are willing to risk everything--and losing more than they could imagine--to escape poverty and hopelessness in an increasingly ungovernable Lebanon.

Pope Francis calls more tragedy at sea near Lampedusa a "disgrace."

 

 

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