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Can the greatest religious painter of the 20th century make a comeback? by David Van Biema: “It may be that Rouault’s long decades of art world exile are over. Dempsey certainly hopes so. Offering a non-Dolorist testimony to the Miserere’s relevance that might please Pope Francis, a fellow Jesuit with a pronounced social conscience, the museum director points out the appropriateness of Rouault’s acute social vision at a time when ‘there’s so much suffering on the global scene. All I can think of when I look at his refugees is those Syrian migrants coming in from Turkey and Greece.’”

Lenten Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement by M. Shawn Copeland: “A praxis of redemptive love—other-regarding, neighbor-loving, selfless to the point of self-sacrifice, fearless and loving in the face of persecution, open, and hopeful—hungers and thirsts for the lived and embodied justice of beloved community in which we belong to God and are for one another.”

Trump is the GOP’s Frankenstein monster. Now he’s strong enough to destroy the party. by Robert Kagan: “He is, rather, the party’s creation, its Frankenstein monster, brought to life by the party, fed by the party and now made strong enough to destroy its maker. Was it not the party’s wild obstructionism — the repeated threats to shut down the government over policy and legislative disagreements; the persistent call for nullification of Supreme Court decisions; the insistence that compromise was betrayal; the internal coups against party leaders who refused to join the general demolition — that taught Republican voters that government, institutions, political traditions, party leadership and even parties themselves were things to be overthrown, evaded, ignored, insulted, laughed at?”

The Politics of Solidarity on the Campaign Trail by David Lapp: “Whoever goes on to win their respective parties’ nomination, campaign from the margins for at least a month before the general election. Go on a nationwide, town hall–style summer listening tour, with a special preference for the Flints of America: the places where people feel left behind and forgotten, the places that are easy for politicians to ignore because their residents lack economic power, or don’t bother voting.”

Three Views of Marriage by David Brooks: “The everyday tasks of marriage are opportunities to cultivate a more selfless love. Everyday there’s a chance to inspire and encourage your partner to become his or her best self. In this lens, marriage isn’t about two individuals trying to satisfy their own needs; it’s a partnership of mutual self-giving for the purpose of moral growth and to make their corner of the world a little better.”

Assad and Academics: Disinformation in the Modern Era by Kyle Orton: “Mixing together conspiracy theories, half-truths, and outright lies—disinformation, to give it an old name—both Kinzer and Sachs told a version of the regime’s narrative.”

Monty Williams Asks For Prayers For The Woman Who Killed His Wife by Juliet Spies-Gans: “Just a week after his wife Ingrid was tragically killed in an Oklahoma City car crash, Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams spoke words of peace and prayer, love and forgiveness at her memorial service Thursday, underscoring the importance of having compassion for the family of the other driver killed in the accident.”

In Russia, human rights groups need Western aid more than ever by Ludmilla Alexeeva: “During Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in power, the Kremlin has attempted to cast human rights values as alien to Russia — especially in the wake of events in Ukraine two years ago. Criticism of the government has come to equal disloyalty or, worse, treason.”

Going Hungry in America by Anna Sutherland: “Needless to say, lacking a consistently adequate, healthy diet spells a multitude of problems for children: impaired growth, a weakened immune system, and a higher likelihood of hospitalization, as well as cognitive deficits and greater liability to poor behavior and poor mental health.”

From Analysis to Action by Frederic Hof: “Western inaction, in the case of Syria, has inadvertently helped some of the worst actors on the planet bring us to where we are right now in terms of a humanitarian abomination and political catastrophe—hardly a risk-free, pleasant, predictable journey.”

Bipartisan progress for women in 2016. Seriously. by Jennifer Butler: “In Ohio this week a campaign by evangelicals, Catholics, mainline Protestants and Jewish leaders to end workplace discrimination against pregnant women reached a major milestone. With clergy and television cameras looking on, the president of the state Senate introduced a bipartisan bill requiring businesses to grant pregnant workers temporary, reasonable accommodations that allow them work safely while carrying a child. It is co-sponsored by every woman member of the state Senate.”

The Pro-Life Case for Paid Maternity Leave by Courtney Reissig: “Our pro-life ethic should expand beyond the baby in the womb or the scared mom in the crisis pregnancy center. A lack of concern for paid leave has direct implications for our pro-life cause. What happens to an overwhelmed mom when she realizes she can’t afford to stay home with her baby in those early days, or even worse, can’t even afford day care?”

Americans tortured by an American ally by Jackson Diehl: “What these cases have in common are Western-educated and, in several cases, literally Americanized Arabs who were inspired by the dream of democratic change in their homelands — and then deliberately targeted by the reactionary Sunni regimes that have reimposed and reinforced the old autocratic order. These rulers claim to be fighting Islamist terrorism, which they conflate with nonviolent Islamist movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood. But they consider their worst enemies to be the pro-democracy activists who aspire to reform their stale, reactionary and ultimately untenable regimes.”