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Obama gets another senator’s vote for Iran nuclear deal Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon said he will support the Iran nuclear deal, a pledge that puts President Obama only three votes short of protecting the pact in Congress.

Is work killing your spirituality? Study finds: People who spend a lot of time working don’t spend as much time having transcendent experiences. Also notable, those who spend a fair amount of time on the computer, whether it’s for work or for leisure, have less general God awareness.

As His Term Wanes, Obama Champions Workers’ Rights

Pasadena, Calif. -- Appeals panel set to hear arguments on the constitutionality of state's death penalty system

Pope Francis to visit U.S.A. in September. "This trip to the United States will be the most difficult, the most challenging, and the most interesting because he's exploring a world that for him is more foreign than Asia, than the Philippines," where Francis traveled last January, said Massimo Faggioli, an expert in church history at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. "It's not just a language barrier. It's a cultural barrier."

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Michael Sean Winters has also been thinking about the papal trip. His thoughts:

An Audacious Proposal: The Catholic church should partner with Planned Parenthood to reduce abortions

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