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Pope to Congress: ‘Do unto others...’

Pope FrancisPope Francis stood before a bitterly divided U.S. Congress on Thursday and reminded lawmakers of that most golden of rules, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Those others, the pope made it clear, include immigrants, the impoverished, the Earth itself, and political rivals.

In white robes that glowed against the austere setting, flanked by two former Catholic altar boys -- House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden -- the pope delivered a stern exhortation to show more legislative responsibility and compassion for all citizens.


Senate Dems block GOP bill that would curb late abortions

Mitch McConnellSenate Democrats blocked Republican legislation Tuesday that would prohibit most late-term abortions, the second time since this summer's release of videos involving Planned Parenthood that they've derailed an abortion-related drive by the GOP.

Senators voted 54-42 to move ahead on the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill. With Republicans holding 54 Senate seats and the two parties sharply divided over abortion, the outcome was no surprise. But the showdown afforded each side an opportunity to highlight its willingness to fight to its most loyal voters and contributors.


Obama seals Iran nuclear deal with final Senate vote

Iran deal sealedU.S. Senate Democrats' final blockage of a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear agreement Thursday hands a legislative victory to President Barack Obama.

In the third vote on the issue, senators voted 56 to 42 against concluding debate on the resolution of disapproval of the deal, falling four votes short of the 60 required to move to a final vote.


Evidence comes under attack: How Congress is quietly killing one of the best ideas in government.

Evidence under attack“Every man has a right to his own opinion,” investor Bernard Baruch said in 1950, “but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.”

Politicians are, of course, sometimes wrong on the facts, but the federal government is actually making significant progress to bring hard evidence into the policymaking process. It might sound obvious, but it’s actually one of the most promising ideas in governance: “evidence-based policymaking,” the use of credible research to drive public policy, and independent evaluation to decide which government programs work, and which don’t.


Iran nuclear deal survives as Democrats block disapproval vote

Iran deal a goIran nuclear deal survives as Democrats block disapproval vote
Beginning next week, Obama will be free to start scaling back US sanctions to implement the Iran agreement
September 10, 2015 4:37PM ET Updated 10:05PM ET

Senate Democrats voted to uphold the hard-fought nuclear accord with Iran on Thursday, overcoming ferocious GOP opposition and delivering President Barack Obama a legacy-making victory on his top foreign policy priority.


Republican-led attempt to block Iran deal fails in Senate

Senate vote on IranRepublican efforts to scuttle Barack Obama’s nuclear accord with Iran were blocked by Democrats in the United States Senate on Thursday, paving the way for the president to implement the deal struck between Tehran and six world powers in July.

Senate Democrats filibustered a procedural vote on a measure that would have registered formal disapproval of the Iran deal, in effect stopping it in its tracks. The Senate voted 58-42, short of a required 60-vote threshold, on whether to end debate on the Iran deal, thus failing to even reach an up-or-down vote on the disapproval resolution itself.


Republicans Hold Planned Parenthood ‘Show Trial’ Based on Videos They Haven’t Seen

GOP FAUX hearingsOn Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee held the first of several congressional hearings sparked by undercover videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood profits from illegal sales of fetal tissue. Less than forty minutes had elapsed by the time someone quoted Adolf Hitler.

The hysteria lasted for nearly four hours, marked by claims that abortion providers start their day with a “shopping list” of body parts to procure; about a fetus’s face being cut open with scissors; about fetuses who “cried and screamed as they died” but weren’t heard “because it was amniotic fluid going over their vocal cords instead of air.”


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