In the Washington Post, Harold Meyerson on the study that showed an alarming increase in the death rate among working class whites. The numbers are staggering and the causes are not intractable. The "two Americas" are not primarily divided by race anymore, but by income.
At Millennial, editor Robert Christian on Pope Francis' "Whole Life" approach to life issues, and why this is the only viable way forward for the culture and the Church.
At News Is My Business, a report on Cong. Nydia Velazquez's call for sunshine laws, so the rest of us know just what the hedge funds are doing as they continue to oppose any kind of reasonable debt deal with Puerto Rico.
Relatedly, at Vice News, Sen. Marco Rubio's new campaign funder has made his money exploiting poor countries and putting the profits in off-shore tax havens. Rubio always talks about a bright future for America, but if his vision appeals to people like Paul Singer, it will be bad for the rest of us.
At Cincinnati.com, Fr. John Cahill on the vital labor plays is sustaining the middle class.
At Vatican Radio, another stunning homily from Pope Francis at his morning Mass. Our neo-con friends always talk about drawing clear distinctions between the Church and the ambient culture, but Pope Francis suggests a different method of evangelization. Pope Francis is right.