Trump-related drop in Republican support for colleges and universities

The United States is home to the world's greatest collection of Catholic colleges and universities, with 247 degree-granting institutions enrolling nearly 900,000 students. But as Nate Silver has written, “it appears as though educational levels are the critical factor in predicting shifts in the vote between 2012 and 2016.” If the voters who Trump picked up over Mitt Romney are less likely to have a college education, it isn’t surprising that they would have less attachment to the role of colleges and universities. For the first time, the Pew polls now show a majority of Republicans (58%) have a negative view of the effect of colleges and universities on the country, compared to 19% of Democrats. more »


Unpopular Senate Trumpcare bill threatens to undermine entire healthcare sytem

The defection of several Republican senators appeared to doom their healthcare bill this week. "At every stage of this political fight," writes economist Paul Krugman, "[Republicans] have claimed to be doing exactly the opposite of what they’re actually doing: covering more people, making health care cheaper, protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions. We’re not talking about run-of-the-mill spin here; we’re talking about black is white, up is down, dishonesty so raw it’s practically surreal. This isn’t just an assault on health care, it’s an assault on truth itself." more »
Everyone grins and bears it as Callista Gingrich has a confirmation hearing for Vatican ambassador

Newt Gingrich carried on a 6-year extramarital affair with Callista in the 1990s when she, 23 years his junior, was a House staffer and he, as speaker, led the impeachment of Bill Clinton. National Catholic Reporter’s Michael Sean Winters called it “astonishing that a party that celebrates family values at every turn has a president who is on his third wife and who has bragged about his extramarital affairs and who is appointing an ambassador to the Vatican who had a six-year affair with her future husband while he was still married to his second wife.” more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama


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