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Nuclear disarmament the topic at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

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For years it was something only peaceniks would openly discuss. Now, it seems, everybody wants to talk about nuclear disarmament, from former president Jimmy Carter to higher-ups in the Reagan administration.

This week, reports NPR, over 70 people once powerful in government are meeting at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to find ways to persuade governments to seriously work towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.

The meeting, NPR says, reflects that nuclear disarmament is one of the few bipartisan issues left.

From the piece:

"Lawrence S. Wittner, a history professor at New York State's University at Albany, is the author of several volumes on anti-nuclear efforts, including Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971 to the Present. Wittner is keeping close watch on the event at the Reagan Library, which he says "is indicative of how much progress has been made in convincing former members of the national security establishment and other world leaders that the maintenance of nuclear arsenals imperils the world.""

Nobel Peace Price winner a powerful woman

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What a wonderful surprise this morning! It's not every day that I wake up to the news that someone I have interviewed on Interfaith Voices won the Nobel Peace Prize. But it happened today. NPR announced that Leymah Gbowee of Liberia was one of three women awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011.

I am thrilled for her and for the other winners as well: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen. And I am especially excited that all three are women, honored "for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."

I have had the privilege of interviewing Leymah, and the honor of presenting her with a Living Legends Award at a local church near Washington, D.C. In person, she is one powerful woman!

Candidates for bishops' committees heads announced

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This just in from the U.S. bishops' conference media office: At their November meeting, the U.S. bishops will be electing new leaders for their various committees. Following is a slate of candidate for the various posts.

For immediate release

Bishops to vote for chairmen-elect of five committees, secretary-elect, international justice and peace chairman at November meeting

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will vote for their secretary-elect, the chairmen-elect of five committees and the new chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace when they gather in Baltimore for their November 14-16 Fall General Assembly.

The 1 percent

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If you aren't reading "Beat the Press," commentary on economic reporting by Dean Baker, you're missing some of the best progressive economic thought available.

Today, for instance, Baker takes on New York Times columnists, David Brooks, calling him the Bard of the 1 Percent. Baker writes:

David Brooks delved deep into his storage locker of misinformation to tell readers that the idea of blaming the richest 1 Percent for the country's problems is just silly. He told us that the really big ideas aren't about reversing the upward redistribution of income from the top, they are from centrists who want to do things like cut our Social Security and make us pay more for health care. ...

In other words, Brooks wants all those people who are unemployed and losing their homes to just suck it up. Nothing is going to be done to help you: get over it.

On this day: Peter Pan

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On this day, a century ago, James M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy, illustrated by F. D. Bedford, was published in England by Hodder & Stoughton and in the United States by Charles Scribner's Sons. Later editions would be titled Peter Pan and Wendy, and later still, just Peter Pan.


The book was the novelization of Barrie's successful 1904 play, Peter Pan. On opening night, at the Duke of York's Theatre, Barrie "instructed the members of the orchestra to put down their instruments and clap when Peter appealed for help to save Tinker Bell's life and cried out, 'If you believe in fairies, clap your hands.' However, there had been no need for these instructions, for the audience clapped thunderously, causing Nina Boucicault, the actress playing Peter, to burst into tears."

Morning Briefing

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\"The mysterious suicide that has rocked the Vatican\"

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San Raffaele hospital in Milan, Italy, which was on the brink of financial collapse when its vice-president, Mario Cal, committed suicide in July, is now being investigated for fraudulent bankruptcy, according to London's The Independent. In an article published last week, the news organization tries to untangle possible links between Cal's suicide, the hospital's "disastrous finances," and its ties to the Vatican.

Read the story "Mario Cal: The mysterious suicide that has rocked the Vatican" here.

Catholic leader in Egypt says government 'doesn't give a damn'

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Egypt’s caretaker military government “doesn’t give a damn” about the suffering of the country’s Christian minority, according to a spokesperson for the Greek Melkite Catholic church in Egypt, who says local Christians are calling upon the administration of Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf to resign.

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