On Second Thought: In a slap down to Pope Francis, Catholic bishops voted to remove language in a draft report calling for greater openness toward homosexuals. The move suggests a clash between the more liberal-thinking Pope and some conservative bishops. The initial document released to the press said homosexuals have “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community,” but the edited version says only that discrimination against gay people “is to be avoided.” The Bishops also removed language that suggested allowing divorced Catholics to receive communion.
Texass: The Supreme Court this morning reversed a lower court and decided to let Texas go ahead and apply its strict voter ID law in the November election. Voters will be required to show government-issued photo identification.
Boko Haram: The Nigerian military says it has reached a ceasefire with the Boko Haram Muslim extremists that includes the release of hundreds of abducted schoolgirls. An aide to the Nigerian president said, “They’ve assured us they have the girls and they will release them.”
Permawar: Islamic State forces attacked the Kurds defending the Syrian border town of Kobane in some of the fiercest fighting so far. ISIS used car bombs and mortars, some of which fell over the border inside Turkey.Read more
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Outbreak: Authorities closed some schools yesterday in Ohio and Texas because an Ebola-infected nurse had travelled between Cleveland and Dallas. The CDC is tracking down passengers from the flight nurse Joy Vinson took on Monday while crewmembers have been put …Read more
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It's Been Said
"The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters."
-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting in the Supreme Court decision to allow Texas to apply its voter ID law.