Eco Catholic: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued Monday the first-ever national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.
More than 170 evangelical leaders have sent President Barack Obama a letter backing a Clean Power Plan that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants.
The plan, which is expected to be released Monday, aims to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent from 2005 levels. Coal industry leaders have said the plan will increase costs and have a minimal effect on climate change.
The letter from evangelicals says that 230,000 "pro-life Christians" have contacted the Environmental Protection Agency in support of the plan.
House members voted Tuesday to limit the number of people allowed in the House Chamber on Sept. 24 when Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress.
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As he stepped down as president, George Washington warned the republic against entangling alliances with foreign states. The Farewell Address warned against both long-term hostilities and extended friendly relationships. On both counts, he showed foresight.
Faith and Justice: No public policy is perfect. There is always something wrong with it. We live in an imperfect world.
The Peace Pulpit: "Compassion [is] entering into the feelings of others. It's the basis for reconciliation. That's how people begin to come together."
Anti-gay activists, including conservative clerics, traditional elders and politicians, are threatening to resist any push by President Barack Obama for gay rights during his Kenya visit later this week, with tactics that range from throwing rotten eggs to marching naked and boycotting his speeches.
Already, forces are arrayed against the nuclear agreement reached in Vienna, even though the ink has barely dried on the 100-page document. The lead antagonist is of course Israel, led by its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Along with Israel, the second most significant group in opposition consists of members of the United States Congress.
As chair of the Democratic National Committee since 2011, Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the public face of the Democratic Party. Elected by over 300 Democratic leaders from across the country, she represents the party on talk shows and serves as a major fundraiser and influential strategist. Her leadership has engendered controversy, however, as a result of questions about her integrity and her advocacy of positions placing her well to the right of most of her fellow Democrats.