• Bosnian ex-military chief sentenced to life for genocide

    The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, nicknamed the ‘butcher of Bosnia’, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre, Mladic was found guilty at the United... Read more
  • Berniecare’s Medicaid for All

    As the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare withered on the vine, the self-described socialist senator from Vermont rushed to fill the political vacuum. Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All Act of 2017 is a single-payer proposal that shamelessly attempts to harness the popularity of... Read more
  • How Attacks on Religious Liberty Brought Me Back to the Church

    I grew up in the north New Jersey suburbs with parents who’d gone to Catholic school in the 1960s. They didn’t enjoy the experience, mostly from fright of the nuns, who physically abused students. They vowed never to send my brother or me to Catholic school, but we were baptized and did have... Read more
  • Republican Tax Reform Goes Through the Wringer

    WASHINGTON — Though some analysts fret about trillions of dollars in possible lost tax revenues and skyrocketing deficits, other economists say the tax-reform bill unveiled Nov. 2 by House Republicans has the potential to help jump-start the nation’s moribund economy. Several economic... Read more
  • SCOTUS’s Choice: Preserve Constitutional Liberties or Detonate the Culture War

    In a pair of critical First Amendment cases, the Court will soon decide whether the state can trample on citizens’ free-speech and conscience rights. Today, we must pause and consider an important constitutional moment. Earlier this morning the Supreme Court granted review in a case... Read more
  • Al-Qaeda Has Rebuilt Itself—With Iran’s Help

    The last Islamic State redoubts have been falling in quick succession in recent weeks, with the U.S.-backed coalition taking the caliphate’s self-declared capital of Raqqa last month, and then Syrian forces reclaiming the strategic oil city of Deir al-Zour. But while the group’s experiment... Read more
  • In Reversal, Notre Dame Now Says Employees Will Still Get Free Contraceptives

    Only a week earlier, the university had announced it would end contraceptive coverage Jan. 1. Joan Frawley Desmond SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In an unexpected policy reversal, the University of Notre Dame has said that it will continue to provide free contraceptive services to its faculty and... Read more
  • The Trump Presidency: Assessing His Accomplishments, One Year After Election

    WASHINGTON — On Nov. 8, the country marked exactly one year since the unexpected election of Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States. A year after the election, the country is just as divided as it was on election night, with pessimism gripping both major political parties.... Read more
  • FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings

    When disaster strikes, houses of worship are often on the front lines, feeding and sheltering victims. Yet churches, synagogues and mosques are routinely denied aid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency when it comes time to repair or rebuild their damaged sanctuaries. Pressure is... Read more
  • Venezuela’s hate crime law seeks to silence political opposition, bishops warn

    Caracas, Venezuela, Nov 7, 2017 / 12:01 am (ACI Prensa).- The president of the Venezuelan bishops' justice and peace commission has criticized a hate crimes law passed on Thursday, charging that its aim is to silence those opposed to the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro. The Law Against... Read more