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Obama Can't Catch a Break


I am not the only person who has soured on President Barack Obama, but still, it does not seem fair that when the unemployment rate hits a six-year low, he gets almost no credit for that fact. The guy can't catch a break. And, the GOP charge that this recovery is still relatively anemic compared to previous recoveries misses the point: The downturn in 2008 was worse than previous recessions, economically and psychologically, so of course the recovery has been different. 

+Wuerl on Synod


At his blog at the website of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl offers some thoughts on the Synod on the Family which begins on Sunday. +Wuerl is a synod father. I will call readers' attention to the key thing +Wuerl does not do - he does not "take sides" the way so many others have, but encourages his fellow synod fathers to be attentive to the Holy Spirit, and encourages the rest of us to pray that the Holy Spirit will inflame the hearts of the synod fathers.

Silk on Pew Findings


Having spent a few days recently venting about social scientists, let me tip my hat to one such whom I admire, Trinity College's Mark Silk, although he is so much more than a social scientist. Nonetheless, when looking at survey data, such as that released by Pew last week, it is always a good idea to see what Silk has to say about the results because he often sees things that escape the rest of us. Here is his latest.


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February 24-March 9, 2017