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Gorsuch’s big fat lie by EJ Dionne: “Conservatives, including Trump, want the court to sweep aside decades of jurisprudence that gave Congress broad authority to legislate civil rights and social reform, along with environmental, worker and consumer protections. Gorsuch good-naturedly evaded nearly every substantive question he was asked because he could not acknowledge that this is why he was there. “

The American presidency is shrinking before the world’s eyes by Michael Gerson: “Foreigners see a Darwinian, nationalist framework for American foreign policy; a diminished commitment to global engagement; a brewing scandal that could distract and cripple the administration; and a president who often conducts his affairs with peevish ignorance.Some will look at this spectacle and live in fear; others may see a golden opportunity.”

This program has fed 40 million kids in the world’s poorest places. Trump wants to get rid of it by Caitlin Dewey: “Former senator Bob Dole, a pillar of the Republican Party and a staunch supporter of President Trump during his campaign, has accused the president of threatening “one of the proudest achievements of my lifetime” — by cutting a program that has provided school meals to more than 40 million children in some of the world’s poorest countries.”

How can the church help the victims of climate displacement? by Tessa Pulaski: “In Malawi, there is no question that climate change is real. It is already affecting vulnerable populations across the world, in places that are the least able to adapt.”

US infant mortality rates down 15%  by Robert Jimison: “From 2005 to 2014, the infant mortality rate in the US dropped 15%, from 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births to 5.82. Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, declined by 29%, and there were drops in infant mortality rates across most racial groups.”

Is this the end of America’s role as a defender of freedom? by Nicolas Bouchet: “The next four years could therefore see a triple whammy of declining American interest in promoting democracy, the undermining of collective action by the world’s largest democratic power, and a deteriorating image for American democracy. All this would be bad news for aspiring or threatened democracies around the world.”

The Christian, conservative case for foreign aid by Sean Callahan and Richard Stearns: “The federal budget cannot be balanced on the backs of the poor. By drastically cutting foreign assistance, we risk the extraordinary gains we have made against hunger, disease and extreme poverty. It is penny-wise and pound-foolish to forfeit funding that does so much good in the world.”

Venezuela: Queueing to Survive by Carlos Garcia Rawlins and Alexandra Ulmer: “Steeped in the fourth year of a recession, around 93 percent of Venezuelans cannot afford to buy sufficient food and 73 percent of them have lost weight in the last year, according to a recent study by three universities.”

Georgetown panel discusses complexities, humanity within immigration debate by Tom Roberts: “None of the Catholics on stage disagreed. From the deepest wells of the faith tradition, they all said, the mandate is unequivocal and uncomplicated: Welcome the stranger. It’s the policy that gets complicated.”

All the President’s Lies by David Leonhardt: “The big question now is not what Trump and the White House are saying about the Russia story. They will evidently say anything. The questions are what really happened and who can uncover the truth.”

Initiative urges using faith to fight cynicism in Washington: “Beyond these crucial efforts, our nation needs to make overcoming poverty a moral imperative and national priority.”

The tribal truths that set the stage for Trump’s lies by Michael Gerson: “Trump is an intuitive demagogue. He knows that by taking and holding the high ground of epistemology (how we know what we know), he can control the political landscape. So he dominates partisan media, attempts to discredit other sources of information (the media, the FBI, the CIA, the Congressional Budget Office) and builds a type of loyalty impervious to factual correction.”

Charles Taylor and the Communion of the Saints by Dale Coulter: “For Taylor, an investment in Christian tradition, particularly as it is understood through the witness of its saints (the communion sanctorum), can provide a balm for those wrestling with the buffered self of our secular age.”

Trump’s Russia troubles: Worse than Watergate? by Michael Sean Winters: “Why would anyone entertain pesky constitutional questions in the conduct of a political campaign anymore than you would entertain pesky moral ones in conducting a business transaction?”

Rome summit marks launch of ‘African Catholicism 2.0’ by John Allen: “A March 22-25 summit of African Catholic leaders in Rome was far too complex to summarize, but perhaps the best stab at a big-picture take-away is that it marked the launch of ‘African Catholicism 2.0’: More universally oriented, more honest about itself, and more balanced in its judgment of the ‘other.’”