Best Picture Of The Day As Wisconsin Republicans Undermine Local Control (Regarding Living Wage)

Sometimes a picture is the perfect way to tell a story. (Thanks to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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Protesters of a bill that would limit local “living wage” ordinances dumped old shoes Thursday on the table of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor, chanting, “Walk in our shoes!”

Pope Francis Opens Door (A Crack) To Civil Unions

If you are wondering by Bishop Morlino is looking ashen these days–well–ponder no more.

Granted, this news below is not enough of a move from the Vatican, but in terms of where the Vatican has stood on some of these issues for so long this is a huge story.  Which creates dismay for the Morlino types among Catholics.

Marriage can only be between a man and a woman, but the Roman Catholic Church could tolerate some types of same-sex civil unions, Pope Francis said in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday in an Italian newspaper.

The interview with Corriere della Sera, translated by the Catholic News Service, suggested that Francis viewed the unions as a practical way to protect property rights and access to health care.

“Matrimony is between a man and a woman,” he said. But he added that efforts to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation (are) driven by the need to regulate economic aspects.”

The news service notes that a year ago the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family said some legal arrangements are justifiable to protect the inheritance rights of non-married couples.

But the news service says that Francis is the first pope to “indicate  even tentative acceptance of civil unions.”

Should There Be A New Republican Party? Ask President Eisenhower

This article is really interesting, and worthy of your time.

Then, as now, Republicans were deeply divided. In the nineteen-fifties, the Party’s Old Guard still wanted to repeal much of the New Deal and didn’t much like that the Eisenhower Administration was increasing the minimum wage, expanding Social Security benefits, and even bragging about it. Eisenhower viewed the Ohio senator John W. Bricker as a particular annoyance, with his attempt to limit the President’s treaty-making powers through a  constitutional amendment. You can hear Ike’s frustration in a diary entry he wrote in November, 1954: the Party “must be known as a progressive organization or it is sunk. I believe this so emphatically that I think that far from appeasing or reasoning with the dyed-in-the-wool reactionary fringe, we should completely ignore it and when necessary, repudiate it.” He went even further when he spoke to a small group in the White House, saying, “If the right wing wants a fight, they’re going to get it. If they want to leave the Republican Party and form a third party, that’s their business, but before I end up, either this Republican Party will reflect progressivism or I won’t be with them anymore.”

Famed Voice Of Carl Kasell Retiring From NPR

National Public Radio will not sound the same.

Even now for many listeners, even with the radio off, we can hear his voice in our head.  That proves the lasting power of a great announcer, and also the continuing magic of radio.

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Carl Kasell, sober-voiced radio newsman-turned-comic foil, will retire from his role as official judge and scorekeeper of the hit NPR comedy-quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” Kasell and NPR announced Tuesday.

Kasell, a former NPR “Morning Edition” newsreader who turns 80 in April, told The Two-Way, NPR’s in-house blog, that the Chicago-based show made him “the luckiest man around to be able to have worked at a job I love for so many years.”

Kasell will continue to make occasional appearances as the show’s Scorekeeper Emeritus. He was not doing further interviews, an NPR spokesman said.

The retirement as regular weekly show personality will come “this spring” after proper farewell shows, in Chicago or Kasell’s home of Washington, D.C., or both, said show host Peter Sagal.

Carl Kasell Retires From National Public Radio