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10437775_654998631251580_6988579188913i998340_n (2)Check out these recent articles from around the web:

The new Gilded Age: Close to half of all super-PAC money comes from 50 donors by Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy: “A small core of super-rich individuals is responsible for the record sums cascading into the coffers of super PACs for the 2016 elections, a dynamic that harks back to the financing of presidential campaigns in the Gilded Age. Close to half the money — 41 percent — raised by the groups by the end of February came from just 50 mega-donors and their relatives, according to a Washington Post analysis of federal campaign finance reports.”

Obama’s Biggest Mistake Isn’t Libya. It’s Syria. by Josh Rogin: “Today, Libyan civilians are much better off than their Syrian counterparts. The Assad regime’s campaign of airstrikes and starvation sieges has decimated cities larger than Benghazi. At least 300,000 civilians have been killed. Over 10,000 were tortured while in the custody of the regime. Twelve million have been internally displaced. Four million have fled Syria, flowing into neighboring countries and Europe, spreading destabilization well beyond Syria’s borders. In Libya, about 1,500 people died as a result of the fighting last year.”

Why assisted suicide isn’t the right answer to suffering by Kristen Day: “Compassion must motivate us, but it should push us toward creating a more just society that reflects the dignity and equality of all, not a simplistic effort to end suffering by ending the person’s life. The battle over assisted suicide in California is just the beginning; the fight will continue across the country. Americans will be faced with the same choice: fight for the lives of the poor and vulnerable or cast them aside. We should choose equality, dignity, and life.”

The discriminatory reason doctors won’t give a baby the heart she needs by Timothy Shriver: “Lily, the doctors said, was at risk of having a developmental disability. There was a small amount of fluid on her brain that might lead to disability. They used a medically ambiguous term: “diffuse cerebral dysfunction.” That’s enough, they asserted, to end her hope of surviving.”

Why I refuse to send people to jail for failure to pay fines by Ed Spillane: “Many judges continue to jail defendants who don’t have the money. Here are the alternatives.”

When did ‘pro-life’ start meaning ‘Republican’? by Mary Rezac: “‘I think that there are a lot of pro-life millennials…who are looking for a way to combine their opposition to abortion with a broader social justice ethic, perhaps a social justice ethic that would include concern for the poor, environmental justice, any number of things, so I think that their votes may influence the parties at some point in the future,’ (Williams) said.”

Boko Haram Using More Children as Suicide Bombers by Dionne Searcey: “As it torments West Africa, Boko Haram is increasingly turning to children to carry out its crimes. One of every five suicide bombers deployed by Boko Haram in the past two years has been a child, usually a girl, according to a report released Tuesday by Unicef.”

Is Bernie Sanders hoping for a “Francis Effect” at the Vatican? by John Gehring: “While the pope isn’t going to be a game changer when it comes to electoral math, he is remapping the contours of values debates in American politics by insisting that economic inequality and climate change are not simply boutique liberal causes, but profound moral issues.”

“Jackie Robinson”: Race, Then & Now by Michael Sean Winters: “What was disturbing to me about the documentary was how the issues and challenges being portrayed from sixty and seventy years back are still so obviously real in our own day.”

Baker, Walsh team up against legalizing marijuana by Boston Globe: “They assert if the drug is legalized for adults, kids will end up having greater access to marijuana and use more of it, which, they declare, will be detrimental to young people’s health and well-being….The campaign will point to Colorado, where regulators have struggled with edible products — the marijuana infused candy, cookies, and colas that often look identical to their non-pot equivalent and can be appealing to kids. And they’ll trumpet a federal drug-use survey that found Colorado has the highest youth rate of marijuana use in the nation.”

Dictators don’t stabilize the Middle East. They just create more terrorists. by Lauren Kosa: “When I worked on Middle East policy at the State Department, I saw just how destabilizing dictators in the region are. I worked on Egypt and human rights as a human rights-focused country desk officer from 2010 to 2012. There, I saw the brutal tactics of President Hosni Mubarak’s government destabilize the country.”

Obama Says Libya Is His Biggest Foreign Policy Mistake. No, There’s Something Far Worse… by Martin Walsh: “Assad’s corrupt regime has conducted airstrikes against his own people as well as starved them. This backlash has destroyed Syria and allowed ungoverned areas to be swallowed up by terror groups like ISIS and al Qaeda. ISIS generates great headlines, but groups like al Qaeda are in the game for the long haul—and they’re using their contributions on the battlefield to generate alliances with civilian populations and other opposition groups throughout Syria.”

Approaching a Theology of Womanhood Through the Door of Empathy by Carolyn Pirtle: “In this essay, I will argue that a theology of womanhood or manhood can only be built on the foundations of a theology of empathy. I will first turn to the scholarly work of Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) for an explication of the nature of empathy and its vital importance for human relationships. I will then offer the Incarnation of Jesus Christ as the exemplar of empathy—when God, who is utterly Other, enters into human nature without loss of his divine nature—and highlight moments from Jesus’ earthly ministry in which he models this practice of empathy for his disciples.”

5 ‘big ideas’ to guide us in the Long War against Islamic extremism by David Petraeus: “It is becoming clear that the path the United States and coalition partners pursue has to be comprehensive and not just a narrow counter-terrorism approach. It is increasingly apparent that more than precision strikes and special operations raids are needed.”