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by Dennis Coday

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Barely catching its breath after a momentous 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court begins the new year under the politicized spotlight of a presidential election as it confronts blockbuster issues that include abortion, affirmative action, contraception and immigration.

Presidential Election 2016: Democrats unsure Hillary Clinton can beat Donald Trump in general election Video and text. (And some weird ads in the text.)

Presidential Election 2016: White working-class Americans' "angst" and their importance in the 2016 presidential election. (Video)

Text and Video: Barack Obama's emotional evolution on gun control

Editorial calls for change of culture. Obama's Simplest Case for Gun Regulation

NCR's arguments for common-sense gun control: Summarizing three and half years of editorals and reporting

Robert Mickens writes about The pope's holy new year

Bangladesh is a country often lauded by outsiders for its progressive policies towards women — at least on paper. In the case of sisters in Bangladesh, example can be powerful

Global Sisters Report: Top 10 GSR stories of 2015, by total reading time

French President Honors Charlie Hebdo, Kosher Market Victims

Malawi -- Speaker of Parliament Takes On Catholic Church for Preaching Against Abortion

Geneva, New York -- Rosary Society marks 150 years

I thought this was a most interesting story. It could have bore the headline: "Recycling the Sacred." Archdiocese operates a sacred 'dollar store'

Looking for a little inspiration to begin your day? NCR's sister publication, Celebration, gives you two options, both based on the Scripture readings of the day:

DailyBreadBanner.jpgDaily Bread is a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned Scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.

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