At Politico, Matt Latimer outlines the seven signs of the apocalypse, I mean the twelve signs that Donald Trump might win the general election in November. Latimer is right about the importance of the large Midwestern industrial states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, but he is wrong about the need for Hillary to reach out to Republicans in order to win. The last thing she needs to do is run to the center on jobs and the economy.
Distinctly Catholic:The pedigree of racist populism in the United States is long but it is not all ancient.
At the Catholic Catalogue, Providence College's Holly Taylor Coolman asks what Catholics can and should do now given the state of our nation's politics.
Distinctly Catholic: With Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich now conceding the obvious, the Republican nominating process enters a different kind of weird space
John Gehring, at Commonweal, on the firing of Tony Spence at Catholic News Service and the generally scary developments at the USCCB. Gehring hits the nail on the head: The conference is veering far to the right, has lost much of its relevance in D.C., and no one wants to step up to the plate and say "basta!"
Distinctly Catholic: The cause of religious liberty is important, and like all good causes, it can suffer from a variety of afflictions.
I have long stated that Andrew Sullivan has a tin ear for American politics. His latest at New York magazine, in which he warns that our democracy is on the ropes from too little oligarchy and too much democracy, proves the point yet again.
Distinctly Catholic: I have been wondering when we were going to hear from the bishops in the U.S. who support the pope about Amoris Laetitia.
At Politico, Todd Purdum makes a case similar to one I made last week, namely, Secretary Clinton needs to do more than win the election, she needs to win it with a mandate more specific than "It's my time."
Distinctly Catholic: Although the Feast of St. Joseph itself is modern, the focus it seeks to highlight and enflesh is ancient.