Kresta in the Afternoon – January 20, 2010 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Great Scott! MA Turns Red – What Does This Mean for Catholics in the Bay State?

    Democrats are being forced to re-evaluate their plans for health care reform after Republican Scott Brown's victory for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts made clear that independent and even many Democratic voters are concerned about health insurance reforms being debated in Washington. Brown's win is a colossal hit to Democrats, since it will break the party's 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate at a time when health care reform is in its final stages. Brown has vowed to vote against the bill if he gets the chance. Though Democrats have discussed ways to fast-track the legislation so as to send it to President Obama's desk before Brown gets sworn in, cracks in the Democrats' resolve have already started to show. We talk to Phil Lawler about how this election will impact Catholic concerns both in MA and nationwide.

    Second Topic – “Reflections on Communism Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall”

    Twenty years ago the Berlin Wall fell, marking the collapse of Soviet communism. The failure of the communist system was not merely economic and political; it was a moral failure as well. Over time communism created a deep disillusionment and revulsion among those who lived under it. The diminished sense of legitimacy of the ruling elite in the Soviet Union and Soviet bloc countries contributed to the unraveling of those systems as well. Paul Hollander was born in Hungary and escaped following the crushing of the 1956 Revolution by Soviet forces. He has some reflections on Communism 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Third Topic - TBA

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