Top bishops from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have spoken out on the recent government shutdown by suggesting that moral criteria should guide budgetary decisions, and insisted that the poor and needy should come first.
"We write as pastors and teachers, not experts or partisans, to bring both moral principles and everyday experience to this discussion. The Catholic community defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. In many instances, the government is a partner with the Church and its ministries in accomplishing this work," read the letter to the House and Senate signed by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles; Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California; and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa.
There has been much talk on the government shutdown that hit Tuesday morning after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on budgetary concerns, with both sides pointing fingers at each other. The bishops suggested that certain moral criteria should be used when making important decisions on the matter, and offered: more >>
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R) and other members of Congress arrived at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to help veterans bypass the barricades set up in front of the World War II memorial. The National Mall, National Parks, and all non-essential federal agencies were closed Tuesday as a result of the federal government shut down that occurred after Congress failed to agree on a plan to fund the federal government.
Bachmann posted photos of herself with veterans on Tuesday with a caption that read: "Tremendous honor to meet these WWII veterans and help them gain access to their memorial." Additionally, Bachmann told The Blaze that she had been on a morning walk when she heard that groups of veterans were waiting to enter the World War II memorial but had been turned away.
"I ran over as quick as I could […] and I couldn't believe my eyes," Bachmann told The Blaze. "There were all these veterans standing here behind police tape and they are prevented from going in to see the memorial." more >>
President Barack Obama will still be flying off to Asia for a week of business meetings despite the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years, which hit the nation on Tuesday morning.
"We plan to make this trip," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a daily briefing on Monday, a day before the shut down.
"The President, as President, looks forward to and believes it is important to travel to Asia in order to promote our economic interests in Asia and our strategic interests in Asia. There are American jobs that can be created through our engagement with Asia, the fastest-growing region of the world and an enormously important region when it comes to our trading relationships and partnerships." more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini has found out that President Barack Obama spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and pressed for his release last week, which is said to provide the American citizen a "glimmer of hope" that he might finally be released.
"Early Monday morning in Tehran, Pastor Saeed's Iranian family was able to sit and visit with him – through a glass partition – during regular visitation hours at Evin Prison," The American Center for Law and Justice (ALJ) said in a press release.
"For the first time, Pastor Saeed had a glimmer of hope that he would soon be released. Iranian news sources had reported on President Obama's phone call with President Rouhani." more >>
Charles Ferguson, director for CNN Films, decided to cancel his documentary about Hillary Clinton after allegedly receiving friction from Clinton's aides. He has no future plans to continue working on the documentary.
In a column written for the Huffington Post, Ferguson names Nick Merrill, Clinton's press secretary; Phillipe Reines, her media fixer; and David Brock as people who leaned on him during the initial announcement about his project. They were not happy with the film and worried that Ms. Clinton would be painted in an unfair way after serving as Secretary of State.
"Neither political party wanted the film made," Ferguson noted. "After painful reflection, I decided that I couldn't make a film of which I would be proud. And so I'm cancelling. It's a victory for the Clintons, and for the money machines that both political parties have now become. But I don't think that it's a victory for the media, or for the American people." more >>
Anita Perry, wife of Texas Governor Rick Perry, said in a recent interview that although abortion "could be" a woman's right, similar to an optional medical procedure for a man, she nonetheless does not support the practice. The comments come at a heated time for abortion in Texas, as Planned Parenthood and two other groups announced Friday they are suing the state for its recently-passed omnibus abortion bill that bans the practice at 20 weeks of pregnancy and requires abortion clinics to meet higher surgical center standards.
Texas' First Lady was speaking with journalist Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune at the newspaper's annual conference, the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, when the two began discussing the heated topic of abortion in the Lone Star state. The passing of the state's 20-week-abortion ban has caused uproar among pro-abortion activists and made the state the center of the national debate on abortion laws.
When Smith asked Mrs. Perry if she thinks it is right for Texas to pass laws restricting abortion, the state's First Lady replied: "Well, that's really difficult for me Evan, because I see it as a woman's right. If they want to do that, that is their decision. They have to live with that decision." more >>