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Praying for Those to Be Elected

There will be much to ponder, once this interminable electoral cycle comes to an end. Why has so much of the campaign seemed like a prolonged episode of “American Idol,”

CAMPAIGN 2008: Electing Our King

During the debate over ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton and his Federalists argued for “energy in the executive” — a strong president who would set the national agenda and

CAMPAIGN 2008: Life in These United States

According to the conventional wisdom, American elections are usually determined by pocketbook economic issues. This may give too little credit to the American people’s concern for how a superpower exercises

Flawed Thinking

I want to offer a response to Nicholas Cafardi, M. Cathleen Kaveny, and Douglas Kmiec’s “A Catholic Brief for Obama“–which was itself a response to my essay on the subject.

Pro-Life Catholics For Obama

In an election cycle filled with its share of quirks, oddities, and surprises, the emergence of Roman Catholic pro-lifers as leading supporters of Sen. Barack Obama–himself a favorite of the

Sectarian’ issues? Not quite.

Catholics feel so at home in the United States that they can joke about the times when their faith was a severe impediment to high national office. After Al Smith’s

Dangling Conversations

Between “gotcha” questions and the ubiquitous gaffe-watch, there hasn’t been much serious moral debate in the endgame of this presidential campaign. In fact, there hasn’t been a serious exploration of

CAMPAIGN 2008: America and the World

According to the mid-summer polls, Americans are primarily concerned about the U.S. economy as the country enters the last lap of the 2008 election cycle. No visitor to the gas

CAMPAIGN 2008: The Life Issues

Thirty-five years after Roe v. Wade struck down the abortion law of all 50 states, the life issues remain the most sharply contested in American public life. They are also

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