Good news on the debt front: The International Monetary Fund is extending a no interest loan program for poor countries for at least a couple more years. Here is the statement from IMF Director Christine Lagarde. And kudos to JubileeUSA and other religious groups that fight on these issues day in and day out.
Distinctly Catholic: Both VP candidates would more plausibly be successful presidents than either Clinton or Trump, so tonight's debate will contain wistfulness for partisans on both sides.
At Working-Class Perspectives, Marc Dann examines the Wells Fargo case, and what it illustrates about the difficulty in uncovering unethical banking practices, even for government prosecutors, let alone consumers!
Distinctly Catholic: Whatever else the Gospel of Jesus Christ does or does not do, it does not baptize sexual assertiveness.
From our friends at the Africa Faith & Justice Network and the Oakland Institute, a report on the involvement of the U.S. embassy in Cameroon helping a land grab. Your tax dollars at work. Land grab is one of the issues that is only going to grow in frequency and importance unless our friends at Foggy Bottom get their act together.
Distinctly Catholic: This election cycle, because of the record high unfavorable ratings of the two major candidates, speculation about the potential for a third party bid to shake up the race has been greater than usual.
At Commonweal, David Bentley Hart has an extraordinary article about the New Testament. It is easy to see how Hart challenges the facile attempt to baptize capitalism by Tim Busch, that I linked to yesterday. But, it really challenges all of us who try to baptize our pet projects, domesticate the faith, and rob the Gospel of its zeal. I will have more on this next week.
Distinctly Catholic: The finger-pointing within the Trump campaign has moved to the nation’s major networks and that is never a good sign for a campaign. Trump’s children blame the senior staff.
At Politico, and as discussed in morning post, the Trump campaign seems eager to charge Hillary Clinton with being an enabler of her husband's affairs. It is hard to imagine a worse strategy for Trump than this. Not only does it set up Hillary to do something she does not do easily, get emotional about deciding to stay in her marriage, it sets up the hashtag #AskIvankaboutMarla.
Distinctly Catholic: One day after the first presidential debate, each candidate's campaign faces some obvious and some not-so-obvious decisions in the two weeks before the next debate