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Special-ops hostage rescue in Somalia shows shape of US campaign to come

Washington -- Army will cut combat brigades, from 45 to as low as 32, reducing by 80,000 soldiers.

Top Catholic bishop feels betrayed by Obama

Opinion: HHS "ABC" Rule: Anybody But Catholics Has Religion Freedom by Sr. Mary Ann Walsh

PHILADELPHIA — An indicted Catholic church official is showing signs he won’t take the fall alone for the priest abuse scandal in Philadelphia, with his lawyer saying Wednesday that a successor threw him “under the bus.”

The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., is being criticized for saying Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini would love the country’s public school system because it teaches all children one set of beliefs.

Maryland Gov. O'Malley hosts meeting with gay marriage backers, making same-sex marriage a priority of his legislative agenda this year.

Analysis: Why Mitt Romney can’t be the Mormon JFK

NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.

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