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The Shame Culture by David Brooks: “Everybody is perpetually insecure in a moral system based on inclusion and exclusion. There are no permanent standards, just the shifting judgment of the crowd. It is a culture of oversensitivity, overreaction and frequent moral panics, during which everybody feels compelled to go along. If we’re going to avoid a constant state of anxiety, people’s identities have to be based on standards of justice and virtue that are deeper and more permanent than the shifting fancy of the crowd.”

What Syrians want you to know by CNN: “55 stories of lost homes, lost lives — and hope after five years of war.”

Hopes for Pro-life Feminism by Sidney Callahan: “The first American feminists, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, held such pro-life views as they struggled for women’s suffrage, social equality, child welfare and abolition. These heroic women and pro-life feminist foremothers are often ignored, or strategically forgotten, by abortion activists. It is also unremembered that pro-life advocates before Roe v. Wade were progressive activists fighting for civil rights and racial justice as well as for women and children.”

House Budget Would Mean More Poverty, Inequality, and Hardship by Robert Greenstein: “The budget’s ideological nature shows in numerous places.  It would repeal health reform (i.e., the Affordable Care Act, or ACA), undo much of the Dodd-Frank law (including its Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), and frustrate efforts to address climate change.  On the latter, it attacks EPA rules to reduce global warming, cuts the EPA budget, eliminates Amtrak operating funding (which would likely mean more driving), and cuts mass transit funds  — all while providing more tax incentives for oil and gas exploration.”

Donald Trump Poses an Unprecedented Threat to American Democracy by Jonathan Chait: “Trump’s amplification of white racial resentment matters. His campaign has dominated the national discourse. Millions of Americans who have never heard of Steve Scalise are seized with mortal terror of Trump, whose ubiquity in campaign coverage makes him seem larger and more unstoppable than he is. And terror is corrosive.”

Democracy in retreat by Washington Post: “The tyrants of today are more sophisticated than those of the past; rather than outright totalitarianism, they erect a facade of democracy and subvert it from within. They hold elections that are not competitive, use government-approved shell groups to edge out genuine civil society, pass laws outlawing free association and speech, and force the news media into submission by pulling the strings of the owners and editors.”

6 things you need to know about Côte d’Ivoire in the wake of Sunday’s attack by Justine Davis and Carrie Reiling: “On Sunday, March 13, in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, at least 15 civilians and three soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack that surprised many in the country, which is emerging from a decade of conflict and electoral crises into one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies.”

Paul Ryan would rather you didn’t know what he was up to on taxes by Jared Bernstein: “Republicans want to solve the problem that the rich aren’t rich enough. And the less you know about that, the better.”

Benedict and Francis are more Lennon-McCartney than Frazier-Ali by John Allen: “As Benedict sees it, he inherited the emphasis on mercy in recent papacies from St. John Paul II, laid out the intellectual case, and then handed it on to Francis, who’s taking the message to the streets.”

Far Right In Europe Hope Donald Trump Will Set Them Free by Siraj Datoo: “Donald Trump has not only excited white supremacist and anti-Muslim organizations across the U.S., he is also finding fans among European far-right groups and populist leaders.”

U.S. Must Put Democracy at the Center of its Foreign Policy: “The United States must exercise leadership, in league with our democratic allies, to support homegrown efforts to make societies freer and governments more democratic.”

Two Anniversaries: A Church That Changes & Doesn’t Change by Michael Sean Winters: “If Pope Francis changes things a lot or a little, those changes will be introduced in pursuit of the same fidelity to the Gospel and the care of souls that motivated his predecessors in their times and in the situations they faced.”

Assisted suicide: An idea that loses appeal as it becomes tangible by Charles Camosy: “Let’s kill the pain, not the patient. Care and accompaniment must trump violence and abandonment.”

The President Who Dared to Call Putin’s Russia What It Is: A Terrorist State by Michael Weiss: “Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite was blunt about her neighbor’s aggression after it took over Crimea—and in an interview, she sounds the alarm about her nation’s vulnerability.”

U.N. says Saudi-led bombing of Yemen market may be international crime by Reuters: “Tuesday’s strike near Mustaba in northwest Yemen hit an outdoor market and killed more than 100, a provincial health director and a U.N. official in Sanaa said, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the war.”