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Springfield is a long way from Istanbul — 5,660 miles, in fact — but Illinois state senators are considering a resolution that would criticize Turkey's treatment of the Eastern Orthodox religious hierarchy. Even though a majority of senators...
State RepresentativeThe last week of session contained several long days and late nights. Monday the house adjourned at around 11:20pm, and Tuesday the KY General Assembly adjourned for the final time in the 2013 session at midnight. After finishing up at my office and...
French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has given many lectures, speeches and homilies during his years of Vatican diplomatic service. But most of the world knows him for the two words he declared on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13: "Habemus...
State senatorPhew, what a week. The last two days of the 2013 General Assembly Session saw us burning the midnight oil as we worked literally till midnight. But the hard work did have its rewards as several high-profile bills passed. Senate Bill 2, the public-...
A country as large, diverse and modern as ours depends on an elaborate system of laws to run efficiently and fairly. The number of laws grows as the nation gets bigger and the economy more complex. Consider, as a crude measure of growth, the size of the...
An Oak Brook health care company and its Roman Catholic owners who don't want to include birth control in their employees' benefits still have no choice, despite exceptions to the contraception mandate proposed by the Obama administration this month....
Wheaton College and Roman Catholic dioceses across Illinois, which sued the Obama administration to avoid paying for birth control, might not have to pay after all, under a health care compromise offered by the Obama administration. Seeking to appease...
Americans of different faiths differ on the morality of contraceptives. The Roman Catholic Church rejects their use, and most other Christian denominations accept it. Thanks to the First Amendment's guarantee of the right of free exercise of religion,...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesAfter living in Rome for almost three years, I moved back to the U.S. at the beginning of the summer. I packed up my apartment, gave my books to friends and left my potted plants for the next tenant. Now someone else is standing at the window overlooking...
The Baltimore SunRavens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo appeared on 'Face the Nation' with Bob Schieffer on CBS Sunday morning. Ayanbadejo was part of a panel discussion on same-sex marriage. Read the complete transcript below. Bob Schieffer: Good morning, again, this...
Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau ChiefFor the second time in a year, Lynchburg will be the backdrop for an independent film featuring a Hollywood veteran. Erik Estrada will be shooting a movie this summer called "Uncommon." It tackles the topic of prayer in public schools. You may...
I am writing to inform you of my feelings toward the proposed assault weapon legislation (SB Bill 281 and HB 294.) I must advise you that I have never felt more threatened or terrorized by my state government than I do right now. I am a law-abiding,...
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