Pope Francis’ American Messenger

E.J. Dionne, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON -- Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that. Cupich, now the bishop of Spokane, has been described in media accounts as a "moderate" within the Catholic Church. Temperamentally, this is exactly what he is, an advocate of dialogue and civility. He's also wise about rejecting labels. Parrying at his first news conference after his appointment was announced on Saturday, he offered this response when asked if the moderate tag fit him:... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

U.S. companies offer more political spending detail: study

BOSTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. companies are reporting more detail about their political contributions, according to a survey by the Center for Political Accountability, a trend that won praise from the group, which pushes for greater transparency.
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The Tension at the Heart of ISIS Fight

Thomas Friedman, New York Times
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Why Colorado’s Gutless Gov Is in Trouble

Michelle Malkin, RealClearPolitics
D.C. journalists called the latest Quinnipiac University poll results in Colorado's tight gubernatorial race a "shocker." But it's a surprise only if you've been hopelessly trapped in a Beltway echo chamber. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is down 10 points against former GOP Rep. Bob Beauprez among all likely voters. The Q poll also shows him behind Beauprez by 13 points among independents. A survey conducted last week by Suffolk University for USA Today shows the beleaguered incumbent in a statistical dead heat with Beauprez. Any way you slice it, Hickenlooper has lost the trust and... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

U.S. Treasury moves against tax-avoidance ‘inversion’ deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moving against tax avoidance by corporations, the Obama administration took several actions on Monday to curb "inversion" deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad.
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U.S. & Allies Hit ISIS Targets in Syria

Helene Cooper & Eric Schmitt, NYT
WASHINGTON — The United States and allies launched airstrikes against Sunni militants in Syria early Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs from the air and sea on the militants’ de facto capital of Raqqa and along the porous Iraq border. Read More (Opens In A New Tab)