FROM Rocco Palmo
South American Pope Visits Brazil As we begin this program, Pope Francis is about to land in Rio for World Youth Day in Brazil, the world's largest Catholic nation. The media contingent for his return to South America is said to number some 5000, and the visit is important for many reasons, as we hear from Rocco Palmo, who writes the widely-read Catholic blog, Whispers in the Loggia .
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.