- Newsmaker: Iraq Threatens to Halt Oil Exports
World oil prices shot up today after Saddam Hussein said he's halted Iraq's exports of oil for the next month or until Israel withdraws unconditionally from the West Bank. George Beranek, of the Petroleum Finance Company, predicts that unless labor issues in Venezuela become disruptive, Iraq's action will have minimal effect because it comes at a time when demand is traditionally low.
- Reporter's Notebook: Los Angeles Cardinal Mahony Faces Scandal
The scandal over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests has reached America's largest Archdiocese. Leaked e-mails revealed the strategy of Cardinal Roger Mahony for dealing with Los Angeles police and his fear of being called to testify before a grand jury. Richard McBrien, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, defends Mahony's determination to get the story out with the least damage to the Archdiocese.
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On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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