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Post-script: The GOP Budget's lack of 'moral criteria'

04/19/12 02:20PM

Weeks after making access to contraception into a "War on Religion" the Catholic Church has again decided to weigh in on policy. In a letter to the House this week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized the budget put forward by Congressman Paul Ryan, saying that it failed to meet certain "moral criteria" by cutting back on programs that serve the hungry, poor, and unemployed.In particular, the Bishops found Ryan's targeting of programs like the Federal Food Stamp Program unacceptable. "These cuts are unjustified and wrong," they wrote. read more

NOW Today: Not going away

04/19/12 06:55AM

It's a busy morning at NOW.We're going to look at the Secret Service scandal, which is not going away, heating up, and has now claimed 3 agent's careers and interviews with the women involved. Some politicians want to paint this on the White House, which seems unfair but there's always an argument to be made, I guess.Plus - we shined the spotlight on ALEC last week, which we described as a group that has effectively turned lawmaking into a commodity. read more

Trending NOW

04/19/12 06:47AM

Ted Nugent is probably going to have a very bad day.Magid CPI: Television Host Dick Clark Dies at 82; Three Secret Service agents out in sex scandal; 2012 Election: Romney assails president steps from site of Obama's re-nomination Google: ted nugent; dick clark; obama dog Twitter: Ted Nugent; American Bandstand; Dick ClarkYouTube Politics: Test of Fire: Election 2012 (Official HD Version - Catholic)Billboard (Hot 100): Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye Featuring Kimbra; We Are Young - fun. read more

Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

04/18/12 06:01PM

President Obama has a new shadow.  Team Romney is kicking off the general election with a strategy called "bracketing." Essentially, it means photocopying the President's schedule and showing up everywhere the President goes -- before, during and after the event takes place. Take a listen to Romney spokesman Ryan Williams speaking on a conference call with reporters this morning:The strategy is well underway. That conference call was framed as "welcoming" the President to Ohio, as the White House had scheduled a speech near Cleveland this afternoon. read more

Citigroup Shareholders to CEO Pandit: Sorry, Vikram

Citigroup Shareholders to CEO Pandit: Sorry, Vikram

04/18/12 03:56PM

Have owners of Citigroup stock been affected by the Occupy Wall Street bug? On Tuesday, more than half the bank’s shareholders gave a strong no-confidence vote to Chief Executive Vikram Pandit’s $15-million pay package.The vote, while non-binding, marks the first time a financial giant’s stock owners have joined forces to oppose super-sized compensation.As one shareholder told The New York Times, “C.E.O.’s deserve good pay but there’s good pay, and there’s obscene pay.”In a statement released after the annual shareholders meeting in Dallas, Citigroup said its board and senior management “will read more

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