Distinctly Catholic: A recent essay looks at the issue of infrastructure spending through the wrong lens.
At Politico, a report on how Democrats are fighting complacency in the face of encouraging poll numbers. This is a big concern per se. But, Dems should also fear the Harvey Gantt phenomenon, the fact that Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt would routinely be polling neck and neck with Sen. Jesse Helms in their two senate elections, only to see Helms win by seven or eight points at the polls. The reason?
Distinctly Catholic: Donald Trump's serious proposals are just as zany as his sensational statements.
At Vox, an interview with Robert Putnam and his thoughts about this year's election. This is a MUST read. The money quote:
Distinctly Catholic: The Olympics should be fun. Those who want them to uphold some ideal expect too much.
At Atlantic, Myriam Renaud on Hillary Clinton's Methodist upbringing and consequent ambivalence about abortion. It is not clear that her ambivalence ever makes its way into meaningful reform of our nation's abortion laws, which are the most permissive in the Western world.
Analysis: Thinking about government budgets as public investments instead of burdens would open up new political solutions to festering problems.
First, a clarification. I received a note from Kristina Arriaga, the executive director of the Becket Fund, who was concerned that in my article yesterday, readers might have thought I was tagging Becket Fund with Trump's anti-Muslim attacks. To be clear, Becket worked with the Knights of Columbus and the U.S. bishops on the HHS mandate. They have been wonderful fighting for the religious rights of Muslims, including last year's Supreme Court case Holt v. Hobbs. It was Carl Anderson, not Becket Fund, whom I chided for failing to mention Trump's anti-Muslim bigotry.
Commentary: Yesterday, I looked at the moral challenge posed by the Republican party this year, and today I would like to look at what the state of the Democratic party says about the moral health of the party and the country.
At the Knights of Columbus convention, Cardinal Donald Wuerl gave a fine sermon to the assembled Knights, toughing on the theme of their meeting, and weaving it into the themes of the pontificate of Pope Francis and, indeed, the themes of the Gospel.