Newsweek’s Evan Thomas warns of social unrest if debt situation not addressed

With many blaming the toxicity of the entitlements issue for a Republican congressional special election loss in New York last Tuesday, determining where elected leaders should go from here in addressing the national debt has been problematic. Does it remain “political suicide” to take tough stands on Medicare and Social Security? On Friday’s “Inside Washington,”…

Tornado death toll rises, no more survivors found

(Reuters) – The death toll from a monster tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday and tornadoes overnight in nearby states caused at least 15 more deaths. Three days after the deadliest single tornado in the United States in 64 years, rescue teams with dogs sifted through rubble in Joplin without finding…

America vs. China: Who does economic policy better?

By Fareed Zakaria, CNN The U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Federal Reserve have got a pretty good job responding to the financial crisis. It’s always easy to do Monday morning quarterbacking, but what they were concerned about was a situation that looked very much like the Great Depression. The drop in global GDP was actually as…

Lawsuit Reportedly Alleges Iranian Complicity in 9/11 Attacks

ranian officials knew in advance about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and was involved in the planning, according to the testimony of two defectors from the Islamic regime’s intelligence service in a federal lawsuit, The New York Times reported Friday. According to a court filing Thursday cited by the newspaper, the suit is seeking damages for…

The American Middle-class: The Sobering Facts

Two recessions, a couple of market crashes, and stubbornly high unemployment are all wreaking havoc on America’s middle class. In the accompanying interview, The Daily Ticker’s Aaron Task discusses the state of the middle class with Sherle Schwenninger, director of economic growth and American strategy programs at the New America Foundation. Schwenninger’s recent report “The…

In Tahrir Square, Egyptians show support for other Arabs

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — Thousands of people streamed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday and chanted for unity across the Arab world, and a couple of hundred staged a pro-Osama bin Laden protest in front of the U.S. Embassy. The people crossed the bridges along Cairo and converged in the iconic Tahrir square where the…

Boehner Picks Jesuit Priest to Be House Chaplain

By ASHLEY SOUTHALL House Speaker John A. Boehner will nominate the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, a Jesuit priest and former Georgetown University chaplain, to become the 60th House chaplain. “We are honored that Father Conroy has agreed to serve as House chaplain,” Mr. Boehner said in a statement announcing the decision. “His dedication to God’s…

Come Up to the Colors

By aggressive warfare, in the midst of opposition, peril, loss, and human suffering, the work of soul-saving is to be carried forward. At a certain battle, when one of the regiments of the attacking force was being beaten back by the hordes of the enemy, the ensign in front stood his ground as the troops…

How the U.S. detoured to massive debt

By Lori Montgomery Sunday, May 1, 2011 The nation’s unnerving descent into debt began a decade ago with a choice, not a crisis. In January 2001, with the budget balanced and clear sailing ahead, the Congressional Budget Office forecast ever-larger annual surpluses indefinitely. The outlook was so rosy, the CBO said, that Washington would have…

Survey: Are Capitalism and Christianity Compatible?

American Majority Wants Clergy to Speak Out on Rich-Poor Gap WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 21, 2011 (Zenit.org).- A survey found that the majority of Americans believe that capitalism is not compatible with Christian values. The survey, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, found that 44% of Americans expressed the…