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But, interestingly, the two parties have about the same number. From CNS, via U.S. Catholic: With more than three dozen Catholic Democrats voted out of office or choosing not to run in the November election, a decline in the number …Read More

The answer to that may depend on whom you ask — though an informal poll afterward evidently found Hitchens to be more persuasive.  The BBC was there and offers some highlights: It felt like the event of the season. Organisers …Read More

Some people are asking that question — and Catholic News Agency has some answers: CNA spoke about the movement with Dr. Steven Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, and …Read More

“Do you think frequently of your father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., the former mayor of Baltimore? My father died the year I was elected to Congress, 1987. I think about my parents all the time, especially on Sunday when I’m at …Read More

A little more news, following last week’s post. The e-mail below, sent to Florida writer Eric Giunta, comes from the senator-elect’s campaign.  Giunta wrote to the campaign, looking for an explanation.  Below is part of what they wrote back. (But …Read More

The former president is back in the public eye again, with a new book and a headline-making interview with Matt Lauer that includes, among other things, some personal insight into his political beliefs: The most startling anecdote he shared was …Read More

Not anymore, but there’s some confusion about it. From Damien Thompson: I came across this curious article from Politics Daily which (without apparently realising that it is doing so) reveals that he has abandoned the faith of his Cuban parents: …Read More

Religious voters — especially Catholics — may well have been the ones who turned the tide, according to analysts: As Democrats conduct a grim postmortem on Tuesday’s elections, some liberal leaders say one diagnosis is already clear: the party’s outreach …Read More

He might have some competition from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but the man who will soon be the Speaker of the House could claim that title. Some details about John Boehner’s upbringing: He was reared in a …Read More

With the election just a couple days away, the man who is hoping to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives had a few things to say recently about prayer: House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a …Read More