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A Disabled Life Is a Life Worth Living by Ben Mattlin: “I decided long ago that if I’m going to like myself, I have to like the disability that has contributed to who I am. Today, my encroaching decrepitude is frequently a source of emotional strength, a motivator to keep fighting, to exercise my full abilities in whatever way possible.”

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Child-Care Problem by Elizabeth Dias: “Across the U.S., families are struggling with this everyday need. Nearly two-thirds of mothers with children under age 6 work, and families with a working mother spend nearly twice as much on child care as they did 30 years ago, according to the U.S. Census. In 33 states and Washington, D.C., it costs more to put an infant in day care than it does to pay in-state college tuition and fees at a four-year public school.”

‘I Am Very Afraid I Will Die Tonight’ by Nicholas Kristof: “So far, Obama’s paralysis has been linked to the loss of perhaps half a million lives in Syria, the rise of extremist groups like the Islamic State, genocide against the Yazidi and Christians, the worst refugee crisis in more than 60 years and the rise of ultranationalist groups in Europe. Aleppo may fall, and lives like Bana’s hang in the balance. If we don’t act after half a million deaths, will we after one million? After two million? When?”

No, We Should Not Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use by Tim Bradley: “No family is better off when one of its own abuses drugs. No child is better off with parents or family members who are drug users or living in neighborhoods and attending schools where marijuana is accessible. No community is better off when a large number of its people are drug users—what employer would be pleased when the pool of potential employees increasingly features habitual drug users? No society is better off with legalized marijuana.”

Value-Free Politics by John Carr: “After this depressing election, Catholic Democrats will need to persuade the likely Clinton administration to fix a broken immigration system and attack poverty instead of spending political capital to repeal the Hyde Amendment or conscience exemptions for ministries that serve the poor. Catholic Republicans should try to convince their party leaders to stop blocking immigration reform and move from impressive words to effective action on poverty. After brutally negative campaigns, Catholics with differing partisan and ideological commitments should search for new ways to protect human life and dignity, heal divisions and seek the common good in a bitterly divided nation.”

Is a Better World Possible Without U.S. Military Force? by Shadi Hamid: “A world without mass slaughter, of the sort of we are seeing every day in Syria, cannot ever come to be without American power.”

‘Commercialization won out’: will legal marijuana be the next big tobacco? by Chris McGreal: “As the legal pot movement steams ahead, opponents argue the cannabis industry may be little better than cigarette companies in their pursuit of profit.”

Right-to-die law faces skepticism in U.S. capital: ‘It’s really aimed at old black people’ by Fenit Nirappil: “While the law has been enacted in a handful of states with a mostly white population, it faces particular opposition in the nation’s capital, home to a large African American community. In national surveys, African Americans have consistently stood against assisted suicide.”

When the facts don’t matter, how can democracy survive? by Catherine Rampell: “Americans — or, at least, a particular subset of Americans — have had enough of experts, facts, math, data. They distrust them all.  This rising cynicism, sown recklessly by opportunistic politicians, will not only make it increasingly difficult for policymakers to make good choices and govern peacefully; it could also become a significant economic challenge.”

Seven Reasons the New Russian Hack Announcement Is a Big Deal by Julia Ioffe: “Why is Russia doing this? Well, yes, it is to “interfere with the U.S. election process,” but there is also a far broader goal. The point, as many Russia watchers have pointed out, is to sow chaos and undermine Americans’ trust in their system of governance and its institutions.”

Hunger in a throwaway culture by Kevin Clarke: “Americans like their food—especially produce—to be beautiful. Only the least bruised, best formed fruits and vegetables ever make it to that end stage of the food production system: the supermarket or grocery store shelf. What’s the harm in a preference for the spotless McIntosh apple? Well, it means that a lot of food goes to waste. It has been estimated that as much as a third of the world’s food ends up wasted. That’s 1.3 billion tons of produce a year, with a value of about $1 trillion.”

Irish archbishop: seek a ‘revolution of tenderness’, not legal abortion by Kevin Jones: “For Ireland’s leading archbishop, Pope Francis’ call for a “revolution of tenderness” is a challenge to defend all life, including the unborn children protected by the Republic of Ireland’s eighth constitutional amendment. “This amendment is precious and wonderful – it places as the very foundations and substructure of our laws a clear conviction that all human life is worth cherishing,” Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh said Oct. 1. “It is therefore fundamentally a declaration of tenderness and love for the equal right to life of both a mother and her unborn child. It is an undertaking to respect, defend and vindicate that right here in Ireland,” he continued.”

What could stop anti-abortion momentum? Trump winning. by Charles Camosy: “If he is elected president, our opponents on abortion will be able to rightly point out that the anti-abortion movement is led by a misogynist, racist, narcissist who is blinded by his own privilege.”

Trump reveals fragility at the heart of American democracy by Michael Gerson: “It is the first time in my political lifetime that I have seen fragility at the heart of American democracy. And that glimpse should shock us back to a more civil and responsible politics.”

The role of Catholics in fighting police aggression by Adelaide Mena: “While new movements, such as Black Lives Matter, have been borne as a response to the subject, Catholics argue that the Church also has a role to play in addressing the problem.”