The second-highest official in the Archdiocese of Newark is stepping down in the wake of a sex scandal involving a former priest accused of violating an agreement with law enforcement barring him from working with children.
Church officials say Monsignor John Doran resigned Friday as vicar general and will no longer hold a leadership position with the archdiocese. Doran signed the agreement the former priest had reached with prosecutors in 2007.
The move is among several changes the archdiocese says it’s implementing to protect children. The changes are noted in a letter from Archbishop John Myers, which will be read in parishes across the archdiocese this weekend.
Myers wrote that an outside review found “operational failures” in the handling of the Rev. Michael Fugee, who resigned this month. But he didn’t place the blame for lax oversight on Doran, who had been vicar general for six years.
One of the chief authors of the Senate’s Gang of Eight immigration bill is still hunting around for 60 votes in his chamber.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said in an interview set to be aired Sunday that the Gang of Eight does not have the votes necessary to break a potential filibuster on the Senate floor — at least right now.
If it gets past the Senate it must go to the GOP controlled House where Congressmen like Bachmann and King will get to vote will get to comment. “This will be great”.
Just don’t tell Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, or Matt Drudge.
In April, the Obama administration unveiled its 2014 budget proposal, which included $145.8 billion for agriculture, $520 million for the International Trade Administration, and a bunch of other stuff. It also included a $105-million initiative to lasso an asteroid, tow it toward Earth, place it into the moon’s orbit, and claim the space rock for the United States of America. The idea is to eventually have astronauts travel to the asteroid to conduct mining operations, test technology for missions to Mars, and research strategies for deflecting future world-ending asteroids.
On Thursday, NASA chief Charles Bolden got a good look at the progress being made. The Associated Press reports (emphasis mine):
Bolden checked on…the mission, which may eventually cost more than $2.6 billion. Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California and Glenn Research Center in Ohio are developing a thruster that relies on ion propulsion instead of conventional chemical fuel…NASA is under White House orders to fly humans to an asteroid as a stepping stone to Mars. Instead of sending astronauts to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, as originally planned, the space agency came up with a quicker, cheaper idea: Haul the asteroid close to the moon and visit it there…”If you can’t get to the asteroid, bring the asteroid to you,” Bolden said.
President Obama had previously established a goal of landing astronauts on a near-Earth asteroid by 2025. This plan bumps the date up to 2021. Last month, an administration official with knowledge of the mission filled in some of the details.
And the Republican field is likely to keep growing: state Sen. Joni Ernst, Secretary of State Matt Schultz and Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker have expressed interest in the race. Mark Jacobs, a wealthy former oil executive who heads an education nonprofit, has also popped up at local GOP events in recent weeks and met with the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Democrats, meanwhile, have closed ranks around a single candidate: fourth-term Congressman Bruce Braley, who raised over $1 million for his campaign in the first quarter of the year.
Republicans fear that a messy primary season will allow Braley to continue stockpiling cash while the eventual GOP nominee must spend down resources and run to the right in order to claim the party’s nomination.
House Democratic Chairman Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) said Friday that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett showed “disrespect” for the Latino community with his comments this week about the lack of Hispanics in state government.
“It’s not as if Pennsylvania is some podunk state out there in the wilderness that doesn’t have a dynamic and talented Latino population,” Becerra, the highest-ranking Latino and fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, told POLITICO in an interview.
Personal experience overrides ideological preferences, with 66 percent of Tea Party members who report personal harm from the sequester opposing the cuts. Overall, 56 percent of Americans oppose the cuts and 35 percent support them.
eople in the U.S. are growing less likely to call themselves economically conservative, according to new data from Gallup.
In all, roughly four in 10 now say they’re economic conservatives, down from 51 percent in 2010 - a high water mark for the Tea Party movement.
That drop, Gallup found, has coincided with slight increases in people calling themselves economic moderates and liberals.
According to Gallup, 37 percent of people now say they’re moderates, up from 30 percent in 2009 and 33 percent in 2010. Nineteen percent say they’re liberals, roughly the same as 2009’s 18 percent but also up from 15 percent in 2010.
Gallup said those economic figures came as the number of people calling themselves social liberal reached a new peak.
The new poll figures come months before Democrats and Republicans in Washington will negotiate over how to raise the debt ceiling
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Yale Professor Akhil Amar gives us a quick background of why our founders were interested in creating an “indivisible union,” and why the “United States” instead of the Articles of Confederation.
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On May 14, as Washington officialdom was transfixed by the IRS scandal, the Congressional Budget Office announced that the budget deficit will shrink this fiscal year to $642 billion, or just 4 percent of gross domestic product. It’s the smallest deficit since 2008, and less than half 2009’s record $1.4 trillion shortfall. Since February, the CBO has cut $200 billion off its deficit projection for 2013 and $618 billion off its cumulative estimate for the next decade. Thanks to higher tax revenues and deep spending cuts, the deficit has been shrinking by about $42 billion a month for the past six months. The CBO projects that the deficit will fall to $342 billion by 2015, or only 2 percent of GDP.
Even so, the country’s improving finances haven’t lowered the din of partisan bickering over U.S. fiscal policy. Keynesian economists say that the deficit is narrowing too quickly, curtailing growth and threatening to derail an economy that grew a tepid 2.5 percent in the first quarter. Republican deficit hawks are unimpressed by the short-term reductions and want more cuts to head off exploding long-term debt driven by rising spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
The Department of Justice’s claim that Apple led a conspiracy to raise e-book prices is on the verge of going to trial. It will be decided by a judge without the help of a jury—and that judge is already leaning toward ruling against Apple.
“I believe that the government will be able to show at trial direct evidence that Apple knowingly participated in and facilitated a conspiracy to raise prices of e-books, and that the circumstantial evidence in this case, including the terms of the agreements [between Apple and publishers], will confirm that,” US District Judge Denise Cote said during a pretrial hearing yesterday, according to Reuters.
The US government accuses Apple of being the “ringmaster” in a conspiracy with e-book publishers to fix the standard prices of e-books at $12.99 and $14.99, above Amazon’s typical rate of $9.99. Book publishers HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin have already settled and promised to repay consumers a total of $164 million.
Apple denies being part of any conspiracy. Cote said her statement about the strength of the government’s evidence is her “tentative view.” Reuters called the judge’s statement “an unusual move before a trial” which “could add to pressure on Apple to settle the lawsuit.”