Biden's faith made history without much fanfare. His Catholic supporters say that's a good thing.
PHILADELPHIA — When Joe Biden takes the oath of office in January, he will be only the second Catholic president of the United States since John F. Kennedy was elected 60 years ago.Kennedy’s victory in 1960 was a historic moment for Catholics, partly because his religion was at the forefront of the political conversation. Kennedy had to dispel fears he would have divided loyalties, famously telling a group of Southern ministers in a speech three months before the general election, “I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president, who happens a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Detroit archbishop to lead national Catholic group on Joe Biden and abortion
DETROIT — The head of the Catholic Church in Detroit has been chosen to lead a new national group that seeks to guide how Catholics should respond to President-elect Joe Biden and the contentious issue of abortion.Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who leads the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, was named this week the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), on the last day of their annual fall meeting.Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, who named Vigneron, struck a conservative tone in his remarks in emphasizing abortion and by saying Biden supports policies that “atta...
Detroit Free Press
Will Bunch: Even if Biden wins, Democrats, media — and all of us — have a lot to answer for, and to fix
There wasn’t blood in the streets of America. There were some disquieting moments — punctuated in the middle of the night when an angry mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters, some of them armed, swarmed the outside of a vote-counting center near Phoenix — but the images we may remember from the nation’s most angst-ridden week in at least a generation were oddly soothing. Tiny pictures on the bottom of your TV screen showed mask-wearing, exhausted but diligent election staff from both major parties in places like Philadelphia and Atlanta working together to do democracy’s most basic task: ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Seattle sports power couple Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe announce engagement on social media
SEATTLE — Seattle sports power couple Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe is tying the knot.On Friday afternoon, Bird posted a picture on her Instagram account of Rapinoe kneeling on what looks to be a dock and placing a ring on the finger of Bird, who is standing in water.Within the first 30 minutes, the post received over 12,000 likes and 723 comments, including well wishes from all over the sports community.Former Washington Huskies star Kelsey Plum posted three heart emojis with a caption that read: “Congrats.”Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love wrote: “So great!!!”And the Storm tweeted: “Ring S...
The Seattle Times
Celebrities vetted (and denied) based on political views ahead of defunct anti-coronavirus ad, report says
WASHINGTON — A now-canceled $250 million anti-coronavirus ad campaign by the Trump administration was so politically motivated it screened possible celebrity spokespeople based on their support for the president and their liberal ideology, according to documents released Thursday by the House Oversight Committee.The campaign has been shelved while the Department of Health and Human Services reviews allegations of impropriety linked to the effort.But a “PSA Celebrity Tracker” document released by the committee that was updated as recently as Oct. 23 lists some 274 celebrities who were considere...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Pope Francis leads change for same-sex couples
Pope Francis appears ready to lead Catholics worldwide to a greater recognition of same-sex unions, declaring in a new documentary that same-sex couples are “children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”While stopping well short of endorsing actual same-sex marriage, the pope said that such couples should be legally recognized. “What we have to create is a civil union law,” he said.As modest as such a statement may seem by contemporary standards, it could be the start of a dramatic shift in that attitude of the Catholic Church t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
White women are ditching Trump, and it could cost him Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — Elaine Caruso voted for Donald Trump in 2016. He seemed to be the candidate who would better protect the country from foreign threats, which Caruso, who lived across the Hudson River from Manhattan on 9/11, feared.“I thought, we need somebody who has a set — we need a tough guy,” said Caruso, 58, who now lives in Northeast Pennsylvania. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that thug would turn on us.”Trump won half of the votes cast by white women in Pennsylvania in 2016, according to exit polls, helping him narrowly win the state. But with Election Day just two weeks away an...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Rudy Giuliani's daughter is voting for Joe Biden for president, says 'none of us can afford to be silent right now'
NEW YORK — When your dad is Rudy Giuliani, father definitely does not know best — at least when it comes to politics, his daughter said Thursday in a surprise op-ed that urged Americans to vote for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Nov. 3.In a piece for Vanity Fair, Caroline Rose Giuliani said that despite her father’s close personal and professional ties with Republican President Donald Trump, “none of us can afford to be silent right now.”“As a child, I saw firsthand the kind of cruel, selfish politics that Donald Trump has now inflicted on our country. It made me want to run as far a...
New York Daily News
Ann McFeatters: Recusal in potential election case up to Barrett
If the 2020 presidential election goes to the Supreme Court, as happened just 20 years ago, whether Amy Coney Barrett helps Donald Trump get a second term is totally up to her.Refusing to vote on a case before the Supreme Court because of a conflict of interest (in this case that Trump nominated her just as he is running for reelection after promising he would expect his nominee to support him) is not governed by any ethics code. The justice himself or herself decides whether to recuse or rule.Twenty years ago, Amy Coney Barrett worked to get George W. Bush elected over Al Gore, who won the po...
Tribune News Service
Melinda Henneberger: Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley would rather not talk about the GOP's 'Josh Hawley problem'
On the day that Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court was announced, I wrote that it would be wrong as well as politically unwise for Democrats to attack her on religious grounds. And they haven’t.Instead, in the days since, Democrats have talked about everything but Barrett’s faith. They’ve argued against confirming her during an election. They’ve argued against confirming her during a pandemic. Again and again, they’ve warned that Barrett would, if confirmed, side with those who want to kill the Affordable Care Act and overturn Roe v. Wade. Not because of her religious beliefs,...
The Kansas City Star