When did presidents start saying “God bless America” at the end of speeches? You might be surprised.

From Huffington Post:  “God bless America” has become the expected way for U.S. presidents to end official speeches. But that wasn’t always the case, explain David Domke and Kevin Coe, authors of the book The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America. The first president to say it was Richard Nixon, who dropped [Read More...]

Michael Grimm: “I lost my cool and I apologized…”

This story has been getting a lot of attention this morning. It’s the response of Staten Island congressman Michael Grimm after an interview on local TV following the State of the Union: Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm physically threatened NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto at the conclusion of an interview in the Capitol Rotunda following [Read More...]

BREAKING: Supreme Court grants temporary reprieve to Little Sisters of the Poor

From Politico:  The Obama administration cannot enforce the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirements against a Catholic nuns’ order for the time being, if the nuns tell the government they object to providing that coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon. The Supreme Court’s action could defuse for the time being a showdown between religious employers [Read More...]

WH: Obama to meet Pope Francis in March

Details:  President Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27, capping a European trip that will take him to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy. “The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,” said a statement from White House press secretary Jay Carney. During his [Read More...]

Comparing Cuomos: What a difference 30 years makes

“Remember that, we embrace men and women of every color, every creed, every orientation, every economic class. In our family are gathered everyone from the abject poor of Essex County in New York, to the enlightened affluent of the gold coasts at both ends of the nation. And in between is the heart of our [Read More...]

Great moments in fundraising: church withdraws from GOP gun raffle honoring Lincoln, MLK

Details:  A Greek Orthodox church in Portland on Friday yanked permission for the Multnomah County Republican Party to hold a Lincoln Day fundraising dinner tied to a controversial gun raffle. The Multnomah County GOP received national attention earlier this week when it announced it would raffle off an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in honor of “two great Republicans” [Read More...]

“This is a renewal of a long-dormant slander against Catholics in America…”

Writer Ed Morrissey adds his voice to the chorus of critics taking issue—sometimes passionately—with Jamie Stiehm’s recent essay in U.S. News & World Report: Unfortunately, this is a renewal of a long-dormant slander against Catholics in America. When immigration shifted into high gear in the mid-19th century, especially from Catholic areas of Europe (led by [Read More...]

NY Times: Popular voice in DC? The pope

Will wonders never cease? Details:  Shortly before leaving the Capitol for the holiday recess, Senate Democrats gathered behind closed doors to lay out an agenda for 2014. When the majority leader, Harry Reid, exhorted colleagues to “deal with the issue of income inequality,” the talk took a spiritual turn. “You know,” declared Senator Bernard Sanders, [Read More...]

“Sometimes you just have to shut up…”

When was the last time this happened with an American politician? Read on, from the Catholic Herald:  A Catholic MP has revealed that a month’s retreat helped her in her decision to quit politics. Sarah Teather MP, told the Guardian that she decided to attend a Jesuit retreat while she struggled with her decision whether [Read More...]

WH says birth control mandate doesn’t apply to Little Sisters of the Poor

Details:  The White House responded Wednesday to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor halting a birth control mandate in ObamaCare for a Catholic organization, saying the group isn’t subject to the requirement because it doesn’t apply to self-funded church plans. Sotomayor issued the order late Tuesday, one day before parts of the health care law were [Read More...]