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Remembering Fr. Daniel Berrigan

I was a student at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, when Fr. Daniel Berrigan taught there. Although I never had him for class, I remember sitting with other students gathered around him in the cafeteria asking questions and listening to his thoughts on topics of the day. As mentioned in the NY Times article after…

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Trump candidacy threatens MO’s Blunt

Wanna know how lots of GOP politicians feel about their 2016 presidential candidate, Donald Trump? That’s easy. He scares the bejesus out of ’em. How can one tell? As Slate‘s Jim Newell observes, many GOPers won’t even utter his name. Instead, he’s “the nominee,” as in “I support the nominee.” Alternatively, for those looking for…

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Paul Ryan: When a Republican does not look like a demon to progressives

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our political stereotypes were affirmed with every individual? You know, for progressives it would be easy if every Republican was gun-toting, uneducated, war-mongering, angry and generally uncouth. Without naming names, there are plenty of such types to go around. And before we go any further, progressives must keep…

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Infographic: Dark money in US politics

Most people understand that there is a problem with money in politics in the United States. Politicians spend countless hours fundraising instead of doing their elected jobs, lobbyists and corporations get special treatment over voters, and a few eccentric billionaires can buy politicians and elections in a way that seems…well undemocratic. The wonderful folks over…

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TSA misses guns and knives, but nails me for my cardiac device

My wife and I, along with friends, spent a wonderful week in Arizona.  We admired the Grand Canyon on a perfect April Day.   We toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school outside Scottsdale.  We visited Sedona, the red rocks canyons, and, the picturesque mountains below Flagstaff.  On four evenings we watched the Cardinals play the Diamondbacks…

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Teaching the reality of climate change, one classroom at a time

You wouldn’t think that it would be controversial for a journalism professor to come to high schools in the Midwest to discuss his reporting on current issues in science. And it wasn’t. Justin Catanoso, director of the journalism program at chair of the Wake Forest University, came to St. Louis the week of April 25.…