At the New York Times, David Brooks has been on the phone with his rabbis, and the result is splendid: An examination of leadership that the bishops would do well to read before their November plenary meeting!
The money quote: "To hearken is to be faithful but also responsible, to defer to just authority but also to answer the call of individual conscience, to work within the system but as a courageous, creative force."
At HuffPost, more evidence that some conservatives just can't avoid the taint of hypocrisy when they enter in to a culture war fight: Actor James Woods castigates a movie that deals with a gay relationship between men of different ages, but the difference is minimal when compared to Woods' own romantic escapades.
At Politico, it appears a commitment to a single-payer health care system is becoming a key ingredient in Democratic presidential bids for 2020. This is a litmus test I can live with.
In the Washington Post, new data shows that income inequality persists, even as middle class incomes are rising again.
[Michael Sean Winters covers the nexus of religion and politics for NCR.]
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