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Pope Francis Shakes up Vatican Bank, sets Financial Cap for Sainthood

Pope Francis Shakes up Vatican Bank, sets Financial Cap for Sainthood

Pope Francis on Wednesday (Jan. 15) took his biggest step yet at cleaning house at the scandal-ridden Vatican Bank, replacing most of the institution’s advisers with fresh faces. Among the new appointees: Vatican Secretary of State and Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin; continue reading »

3 Feminist Lessons From Eva Longoria, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and LeBron James

3 Feminist Lessons From Eva Longoria, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and LeBron James

The Center for American Progress partnered with Maria Shriver to put together The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, which chronicles the ways in which the ongoing recession has affected American women. It’s a fascinating collection of everything from photojournalism to first-hand accounts of women workers, increasing numbers of whom are the breadwinners in their families. continue reading »

Stay or Go? Terminally Ill Undocumented Immigrants Face Dilemma

Stay or Go? Terminally Ill Undocumented Immigrants Face Dilemma

When Gil García García began to feel a sharp pain in his left foot, he didn’t think it was important. "Two weeks later, I could not walk. I needed help to get up. I had a constant and bad headache," García recalled in a quiet voice, now with little strength. In October he was rushed to a hospital emergency room at the University of California, Davis. The diagnosis was devastating: skin cancer, or melanoma, which had invaded his head, lungs, stomach and left leg. continue reading »

16 Representatives Stuck in Reverse on Immigration

16 Representatives Stuck in Reverse on Immigration

Despite the failure of the House to act on immigration reform last year, there was no doubt that the majority of Americans—and even the majority of Members of Congress—understood that immigration reform was an important component in creating economic opportunity for all. continue reading »

Why Baseball Fans Shouldn’t Celebrate Alex Rodriguez’s Season-Long Suspension

Why Baseball Fans Shouldn’t Celebrate Alex Rodriguez’s Season-Long Suspension

Alex Rodriguez will miss the entire 2014 season for his connection to baseball’s Biogenesis performance enhancing drug scandal, a spokesperson for the New York Yankees third baseman announced Saturday.Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig originally handed Rodriguez a 211-game suspension in August continue reading »

No, Mr Rubio- Marriage Is Not A Good Way To Fight Poverty

No, Mr Rubio- Marriage Is Not A Good Way To Fight Poverty

In a speech marking the 50-year anniversary of the War on Poverty meant to offer up his ideas on how to address the problem today, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) laid out some new ideas, such as consolidating all federal anti-poverty programs into one agency and doing away with the Earned Income Tax Credit to instead give people “wage enhancement.” But he also offered up a very old idea: promoting marriage as a way to drastically reduce poverty: continue reading »

The Butterfly Effect: Connecting LGBT and Immigrant Rights by Arcelia Hurtado

The Butterfly Effect: Connecting LGBT and Immigrant Rights by Arcelia Hurtado

I’ve always been intrigued by the element of chaos theory known as the butterfly effect. It is the idea that everything is connected, and a small change in one place can result in large changes later. For example, a hurricane's formation can be contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks earlier. I like to believe it’s true, at least as it relates to social change. continue reading »

A papal year in review: Ten highlights from 2013-Viva Papa Francisco!

A papal year in review: Ten highlights from 2013-Viva Papa Francisco!

Though Pope Francis has only been the pope for less than a year, he’s made news more than a few times. Here are 10 pontifical highlights from 2013. 1. Pope Francis, shortly after being elected, took the bus with the other cardinals, and then circled back to the hotel where he had been staying to pay the bill. continue reading »

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

There is little to cheer in the new deportation statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the numbers document a 10 percent decline in the total number of deportations compared to last year, they also reveal the extent to which immigration enforcement resources are still devoted to apprehending, detaining, and deporting individuals who represent no conceivable threat to public safety or national security. continue reading »

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

There is little to cheer in the new deportation statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the numbers document a 10 percent decline in the total number of deportations compared to last year, continue reading »