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Links for 05/08/17

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At ProPublica, a report on what a downturn in immigration would mean for low-wage industries. I confess these kinds of articles make me feel dreadful. Do we really only want to let in immigrants because they will undertake the tough jobs we will no longer do? 

Why do working class voters support parties that do not promote their interests? Sarah Attfield, at Working-ClassPerspectives blog, analyzes the situation in the UK. 

Links for 05/05/17

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At Commonweal, video of an event this week on Catholicism in the Age of Trump. I was glad to see Leslie Tentler spank Andrew Sullivan, whose sweeping generalizations about US culture are usually based, as in this case, on a distorted understanding of US history. Andrew is always smart and sharp, but not always right. John Gehring demonstrated that it is possible to be incisive without being obnoxious. 

Links for 05/03/17

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At USNews, the Governor of Puerto Rico today asked the federal control board to invoke Title 3, allowing the Commonwealth to enter bankruptcy proceedings. No idea why the governor did not do this over the weekend: Monday morning, a slew of lawsuits were filed against the island. But, better late than never. Let's hope this sets a precedent against forced austerity, of the kind forced on Greece, and in favor of letting the hedge funds take a large haircut.

Links for 05/02/17

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At CNS a story and video with Professor Stephen Schneck as he steps down as director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University. Schneck is truly one of the foremost Catholic thinkers in the country, and one of the nicest human beings you would ever want to meet. His loss to the university is a very, very large one. 

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