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  • Benefits Of The Cross

    02/06/2015 12:19:03 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 5 replies
    Truth2Freedom's ^ | Febuary 6,2015 | Abdillah Fadhil
    The Benefits of the Cross As believers in Christ, we know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for people’s sins. But many do not know that the forgiveness of our sins is not the end of the story. The benefits of the cross are much more: Not only has Jesus freed believers from all condemnation, but we have a whole new identity, according to John 1:12 and 2 Corinthians 5:17. He has given us purpose, power, and hope to live here on Earth now!Eternal life is not just about Heaven; it starts as soon as you accept Christ. Jesus’ purpose was to preach and...
  • Did Pope Francis really give his own Curia a 'blistering attack' for Christmas?

    12/26/2014 10:58:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    GetReligion ^ | December 24, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    Call it truth in advertising–though not in reporting. Religion News Service's story on Pope Francis's Christmas address to the Curia bears a headline that aptly sums up its spin: "Pope Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas, you power-hungry hypocrites." The lede signals that we have before us the mainstream media's familiar "Francis as radical" meme: VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday (Dec. 22), outlining a “catalog of illnesses” that plague the church’s central administration, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and gossipy cliques. The pope’s traditional Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who...
  • Republicans eye obscure budget tool to repeal ObamaCare

    12/21/2014 6:07:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/21/14 | Scott Wong
    Republicans on and off Capitol Hill are rallying behind using a rarely-deployed budget tool next year to dismantle ObamaCare. But the issue of how to use “budget reconciliation” has divided Republicans, with some calling for it to be implemented to overhaul the tax code or to push through major energy reforms. The tool is useful because it could allow newly-empowered Senate Republicans to pass legislation with a 51-vote simple majority rather than the usual 60, greatly increasing the chances of moving legislation to President Obama’s desk. And while Obama is certain to veto anything that tries to roll back his...
  • Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

    12/08/2014 1:03:52 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2014
    Confessional. Credit: Paul Lowry (CC BY 2.0). Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 8, 2014 / 08:54 am (CNA).- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City's News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the Cathedral of Mexico City Nov. 29. Cathedral officials said many people also attended an Advent talk given by Father Julian Lopez Amozurrutia entitled, “Coming Home.” Although the lines generally...
  • "Have you been saved?”

    11/16/2014 1:42:01 PM PST · by NYer · 198 replies
    The Integrated Catholic Life ^ | November 16, 2014 | DEACON MICHAEL BICKERSTAFF
    “Return of the Prodigal Son” (detail) by Murillo Have You Been Saved? In Acts 4, St. Peter delivers a powerful sermon. He concludes by saying, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”I have written before in these pages of the time when I was growing up in the southern part of the United States and how I would from time to time encounter young, protestant teens and adults who would excitedly take to the streets to witness for Christ.Now...
  • Senate Republicans ready to use reconciliation to repeal ObamaCare?

    11/12/2014 7:40:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 12, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The bill’s destined to be vetoed, of course, but unless the reconciliation process ends up eating lots of time, there’s really no harm to it. One conservative activist told Politico he’s worried that if the GOP uses the same arcane procedural move to undo O-Care that Democrats used to pass it, Obama will turn around and whine that Republicans are doing the same thing Democrats did when they were in power. But … why would he say that? If he means to imply that reconciliation is a dubious strong-arm tactic, then he’ll be forced to explain why it was okay...
  • Dems Blast the “Tricky, Little-Known Maneuver” That Passed Obamacare (Reconciliation Schadenfreude)

    10/23/2014 10:01:09 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    Powerline ^ | 20 October 2014 | John Hinderaker
    Former Secretary of Labor Bob Reich, on behalf of MoveOn, warns Democrats what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate: they may use a “tricky, little-known maneuver” to “ram through” their “right-wing policies” with only 51 votes, instead of the 60 votes “usually required” in the Senate. Here he is:Reconciliation
  • Upcoming day of reconciliation announced by Pope (Catholic Caucus)

    03/23/2014 3:42:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | March 23, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Pope Francis delivers his first Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2013. Credit: Vatican City, Mar 23, 2014 / 06:38 am (CNA).- During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that March 29-30 would be “24 hours for the Lord,” during which people can find special opportunities for prayer and the sacrament of confession. “Next Friday and Saturday we will live a special moment of penance, called ‘24 hours for the Lord.’ It will begin with a (liturgical) Celebration in the Basilica of St. Peter’s (on) Friday afternoon, then in the evening and night some churches in the center of Rome...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis: ‘Be Courageous, and Go to Confession’

    02/19/2014 5:33:54 PM PST · by Coleus · 23 replies
    NC Register ^ | 02/19/2014
    The Holy Father spoke of the healing available in the sacrament of reconciliation at his Feb. 19 audience: 'Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who showers us with mercy and grace that pours forth unceasingly from the open heart of Christ, crucified and risen.'VATICAN CITY -- During his Wednesday audience on Feb. 19, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. "Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been...
  • The Time is Near, Have You Gone to Confession? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/18/2011 9:43:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | april 17, 2011 | By: Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Time is Near, Have You Gone to Confession? By: Msgr. Charles Pope   It’s Holy Week and Lent is drawing to a close. Have you made a good confession? It just doesn’t seem possible that any Lent can be complete or even proper without going to confession. In many diocese there is a “Light is On for You” outreach wherein confession is available in all the parishes of that diocese every Wednesday night from 6:30 pm – 8:00pm. That is surely the case here in the Washington Area. I’ll be in the box waiting for people this Wednesday! So...
  • CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer Calls Off Divorce from Nadia Lockyer, Who's Finished with Meth Rehab

    03/15/2013 9:02:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 03/14/2013 | Josh Richman
    (Stephen Chikhani and Nadia Lockyer made sex tape; cuckholded treasurer Bill Locker poses with his wife) California state Treasurer Bill Lockyer's differences with his estranged wife, former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, might not be so irreconcilable after all. The 71-year-old mainstay of state Democratic politics this week withdrew divorce papers he had filed last July against his 41-year-old wife, whose methamphetamine addiction and extramarital affair ended her political career and could have stained his. "He and Nadia have agreed to try and work things out, to try and reconcile," said Tom Dresslar, Bill Lockyer's spokesman. "He's proud of...
  • The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

    03/03/2013 8:56:53 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 18 replies
    Forign Policy ^ | March 3, 2013 | VALI NASR
    "My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience." It was close to midnight on Jan. 20, 2009, and I was about to go to sleep when my iPhone beeped. There was a new text message. It was from Richard Holbrooke. It said, "Are you up, can you talk?" When I called, he told me that Barack Obama had asked him to serve as envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He would work out of the State Department, and he wanted me to join his team. "No one knows this yet. Don't tell anyone. Well, maybe...
  • Someone Always Has to Pay...Genesis 4 pt 4

    But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.(Genesis 4:5-8)Cain offered...
  • Libya: Former Guantánamo detainee is training rebels

    04/03/2011 11:46:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/3/2011 | Nick Allen
    Former detainee at Guantánamo Bay has taken a leading role in the military opposition to Col Muammar Gaddafi, it has emerged, alongside at least one other former Afghan Mujahideen fighter. Rebel recruits in the eastern port city of Derna are being trained by Sufyan Bin Qumu, a Libyan who was arrested following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and held at Guantánamo for six years. Port city of Derna, Libya Abdel Hakim al-Hasidi, a senior Libyan rebel commander in Derna, was also held following the invasion of Afghanistan and handed over to Libyan custody two months later. Both men...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PENITENT, 08-09-12

    08/09/2012 9:03:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 08-09-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PENITENT In the sacrament of penance, the person who confesses sins and seeks absolution. And in general, anyone who sincerely repents of wrongdoing, resolves to amend his or her life, and by appropriate means tires to expiate the guilt and punishment incurred for offending God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Paul Ryan: We can definitely repeal at least 85% of Obamacare via reconciliation

    Paul Ryan was on with Mark Levin tonight to discuss how Obamacare would be repealed, and the budgetary process called reconciliation is the game plan. The nice thing about reconciliation is that it cannot be filibustered, but the down side is it only applies to legislation that has a fiscal impact. That’s why Ryan says that we can definitely repeal 85% of Obamacare because that percentage can easily be done via reconciliation. The remaining regulatory portion of Obamacare may still be included in the budget but that will be debated at the time. Even if it can’t be included Ryan...
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation (as reflected by our relationship with God)

    03/23/2012 2:57:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Maronite Heritage ^ | March 23, 2012 | Fr. Antonio Elfeghali
    The Sacrament of Reconciliation  “Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and  reconciliation with the Church.” (CCC 1440).  To make a good confession, we need to go through the following:  1- Examination of Conscience  2- Contrition: Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.  3- Confession: Confession to a Catholic priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Reconciliation.  4- Absolution: The...
  • The Ministry of Reconciliation as Believer-Saints of God — A Priceless Gift

    01/02/2012 2:00:12 PM PST · by bibletruth · 8 replies
    Bible | 2012 | BIbleTruth
    The Ministry of Reconciliation “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” — II Corinthians 5:17,18
  • Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger on road to reconciliation?

    12/28/2011 5:43:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/28/11 | Matt Donnelly
    Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's marriage might not be completely terminated, according to one report. The couple, who filed for divorce in July surrounding a messy infidelity-and-love-child scandal on Arnold's part, could get a second chance thanks to Shriver's religious beliefs. Shriver's Catholicism forbids divorce, so Maria is second-guessing the split, a TMZ source said Monday. The report also alleges that the former governor of California "desperately" wants his bride back and has been wooing her with gifts. The pair spent the Christmas holiday together
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FORGIVENESS, 11-14-11

    11/14/2011 8:33:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 11-14-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FORGIVENESS Pardon or remission of an offense. The Catholic Church believes that sins forgiven are actually removed from the soul (John 20) and not merely covered over by the merits of Christ. Only God can forgive sins, since he alone can restore sanctifying grace to a person who has sinned gravely and thereby lost the state of grace. God forgives sins to the truly repentant either immediately through an act of perfect contrition or mediately through a sacrament. The sacraments primarily directed to the forgiveness of sins are baptism and penance, and secondarily, under certain conditions,...
  • Bush Budget Official Explains How to Repeal Obamacare via Reconciliation

    10/19/2011 5:21:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/19/2011 | Avik Roy
    This is important, because the reconciliation process requires only 51 votes in the Senate rather than the conventional 60. Progressive commentators pooh-poohed the idea. But now, a former Bush budget official has drawn a road-map as to how repealing Obamacare the process could work. Jim Capretta, of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is one of the smartest and most interesting right-of-center thinkers on health care policy. His edge comes from his tenure as an associate director at the White House Office of Management and Budget in George W. Bush’s first term, where federal health-care spending was his primary focus....
  • Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Commit to Reconciliation (Can 51 Senate votes repeal ObamaCare?)

    10/12/2011 7:51:19 AM PDT · by Praxeologue · 23 replies
    Heritage Action for Ameria ^ | October 12, 2011 | Ashe Schow
    Yesterday, we wrote about our CEO Michael Needham’s question for the candidates in last night’s debate. When asked by the Washington Post what Mr. Needham would ask the candidates, he responded: “A third of small business owners say Obamacare is one of the biggest hurdles they face to hiring new workers and budget analysts estimate it is a trillion-dollar budget buster. Given its negative impact on the economy and federal budget, do you think it is appropriate to repeal Obamacare using reconciliation given that is the tactic which was employed to pass it?” Well the candidates must have been listening...
  • i-Confess Video Contest

    04/21/2011 5:41:44 AM PDT · by Jubilate
  • First Confession Guide for Adults [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/05/2011 8:25:30 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 32 replies · 3+ views
    Self | April 5, 2011 | Mrs. Don-o
    Adult First Confession Candidates (preparing for Confirmation/First Communion), you need to go to confession sometime this Lent, that is, before the Easter Vigil. The Elect (preparing for Baptism), you don’t have to go to Confession this Lent, because Baptism itself washes away all sins. But sometime after Baptism, you should think about going to Confession, since regular Confession is an excellent habit to get into. Baptism --- by God’s grace -- makes you clean. Confession--- by God’s grace--- helps you stay that way. 1. Absolutely commit to doing it. Set a date. Put it on your calendar (in ink!) And...
  • Examination of Conscience [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/03/2011 6:12:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | 1954 | Rev. Joseph A. Fischer
    Examination of Conscience Here is a helpful examination of conscience, based on the Ten Commandments. Perform a brief examination every night, but go through a more thorough examination before confessing your sins to the priest. Directions The Commandments of God Have I doubted in matters of faith? murmured against God because of adversity? despaired of His mercy? Have I believed in or consulted fortune tellers? Have I taken part in non-Catholic worship? Have I recommended myself regularly to God? Neglected my morning or evening prayers? Omitted my religious obligations because of human respect? Presumed upon God's mercy in committing sin?...
  • Forgiveness: Consider the virtues of justice, clemency, and mercy [Ecumenical]

    03/24/2011 4:43:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | (March/April, 2002). | DONALD DEMARCO
    ForgivenessDONALD DEMARCOThe exalted nature of forgiveness is attested to by the fact that it presupposes a number of other virtues. Consider three virtues in particular: justice, clemency, and mercy. The Prodigal SonRembrandt Justice has the nature of an equation: Borrowing 10 dollars requires returning 10 dollars. When justice is violated, punishment or restitution of some kind is required. Herein is the timeless significance of bringing the scales of justice back into balance. Injustice demands a counterbalancing repayment. Clemency goes beyond justice, to some extent ignoring the need for precise balancing, and reduces the payment. For example, clemency may be used...
  • [Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Confession...Sacrament of Penance

    03/16/2011 10:13:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 1987 | Saint Faustina
    Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts   Jesus's words are in italics.  St. Faustina's words are in regular print.   "Your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me." (1693)     "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." (300)     
  • Using Reconciliation to Repeal Obama Care

    02/13/2011 2:03:51 PM PST · by Involuntary Servitude · 19 replies
    My Involuntary Servitude ^ | 2-13-11 | My Involuntary Servitude
    Karl Rove has suggested in a WSJ article that large parts of Obama Care could be repealed through reconciliation, meaning that Republicans could repeal with just a majority of the Senate and not need to worry about a filibuster. So, in essence the idea is to (i) maintain control of the House, (ii) gain control of a majority of the Senate in 2012 (which at this point seems somewhat likely), and (iii) win the presidency in 2012 (which at this point unfortunately appears somewhat unlikely). The point of Rove's argument here is that we're closer than we think we are...
  • Democrats Can't Filibuster ObamaCare Repeal

    02/09/2011 5:16:25 PM PST · by NCjim · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | February 10,2011 | Karl Rove
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin likes to taunt his Republican colleagues, arguing that ObamaCare can't be repealed because 60 votes are required to end debate in the Senate on any measure. Though Republicans will likely win control of the Senate in 2012, Mr. Durbin is right that they probably won't get to 60 senators. That would require the GOP to win back more than half the Democratic seats up next year. Rep. Jim Moran (D., Va.) recently called GOP promises of repeal "a political scam on their base. . . . It can't happen." Not so fast. Keith Hennessey, a...
  • Pope Benedict’s Prophetic Words!

    01/01/2011 1:02:39 AM PST · by mlizzy · 21 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | 12-31-10 | Kevin Whiteman
    Is Anyone Listening To Peter? A new Dark Age on the horizon?Catholics, Protestants, Agnostics
 the vast majority of conservatives of every stripe would agree with this almost non-reported speech made by Pope Benedict XVI on 20 December, 2010.In a speech to Papal representatives from all over the world, the Pope spoke in the context of a the near total collapse in the Western world of any moral consensus rooted in Christian ethics and heritage.In comments aimed directly at the secularization and abandonment of God by the West, Benedict stunned those in a attendance when he stated; “Alexis de Tocqueville, in...
  • In tax defeat, Dems pay the price for old tricks

    12/06/2010 6:26:37 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 6,2010 | Byron York
    So why not try reconciliation? If it was used to pass the Bush cuts in the first place, couldn't it have been used to extend them? That way, Democrats, who have 58 votes, could have passed their bill with just 51 and would not have had to worry about a GOP filibuster. Taxes on the "rich" would go up, and progressives everywhere would be celebrating today. Alas, it didn't happen. And, although the details are complicated, the Democrats have only themselves to blame. To pass a measure by reconciliation, the Senate must pass a budget that contains what are called...
  • How do I deal with pain from the past? (About Forgiveness) [Catholic Caucus]

    12/01/2010 11:58:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction ^ | August 9th, 2010 | Father John Bartunek
    How do I deal with pain from the past?Posted on August 9th, 2010 by Father John BartunekQ: “The truth is that we cannot remain prisoners of the past; people need a sort of ‘healing of the memories’ so that past evils will not come back again.”  My question arises from this quote. HOW, HOW do I make it so that the past evils not come back, when the Hurt is there. The Mistrust is there?A: This question is relevant for all of us, because all of have wounds from the past, whether wounds caused by our own sins, or by...
  • Selling Confession

    09/16/2010 2:47:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | September 16, 2010 | David Mills
    While in Rome recently, I went to confession at St. John Lateran. It's the cathedral of Rome, and I'd heard the grace was better there. I got an old Irish priest, soft-spoken, deliberate, patient, and with a habit of sighing frequently as you spoke. He sounded -- and looked, when I saw him a little later -- like the old Irish priest from central casting who loves dogs, is patient with rambunctious boys and ironic to the old women, and is never surprised by any wickedness this world can produce.I soon realized that I could confess to stealing a...
  • Ready for the truth about "The Shack"?

    06/07/2010 6:51:41 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 53 replies · 72+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 6/7/2010 | WorldNetDaily Exclusive
    Shocker! "Burning Down 'The Shack,'" [is] a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred biblical critique of the book by someone who knew author Paul Young well and understands what's behind its strange theology. "It's often said that one can understand a book better by knowing the author," James De Young offers in "Burning Down 'The Shack,'" which he wrote to "expose the greatest deception to blindside the church in the last 200 years!" De Young isn't only a New Testament language and literature professor at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore., he holds multiple degrees from respected seminaries including Dallas Seminary, Talbot Theological Seminary and...
  • Eye on MSI

    05/14/2010 8:33:44 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 107+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 14, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Eye on MSI Bethany Stotts, May 14, 2010 Discussing President Obama’s goal that America would “once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world,” an Education Department official recently argued that increased funding for minority-serving institutions—and historically-black colleges and universities, in particular—was the key to increasing the number of American graduates. “We are going to educate our way back to greatness by the year 2020 and as a nation we know we can’t do that without MSIs, minority-serving institutions, and HBCUs,” argued John S. Wilson, executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs at the April...
  • Senate Democrats Put Reconciliation for Cap and Trade National Energy Tax in Budget Language

    04/21/2010 8:52:53 AM PDT · by oldmomster · 13 replies · 676+ views
    Human ^ | 4/21/2010 | Connie Hair
    Senate Democrats Put Reconciliation for Cap and Trade National Energy Tax in Budget Language by Connie Hair 04/21/2010 Senate Democrats have included language in their 2011 budget resolution that would allow Democrats to try to ram through the massive cap and trade tax increase with only 51 votes in the Senate, according to a report in The Hill newspaper today. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), top Republican on the Senate Energy and Public Works Committee told HUMAN EVENTS this morning that votes for the enormous and unpopular new tax are going to be very hard to come by this election year....
  • Senate Democrats' budget to allow use of reconciliation rules (here we go again...)

    04/20/2010 5:30:09 PM PDT · by pissant · 12 replies · 903+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/20/10 | Walt Alarkon
    The budget resolution being drafted by Senate Democrats will include reconciliation instructions, according to Democrats briefed on the matter. The reconciliation instructions, which allow legislation to move through the upper chamber with a simple majority instead of 60 votes, will be included to ease the passage of deficit reduction measures, according to Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee. But the reconciliation language could also be used to pass the extension of expiring tax cuts, job-creation measures and energy legislation, according to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
  • Part 3 of 10: Sacrament of Penance, Why do I have to confess my sins to a priest? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/16/2010 9:24:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies · 502+ views ^ | 26 March 2009 | Father Michael Van Sloun
    Why do I have to confess my sins to a priest? By Father Michael Van Sloun - For The Catholic Spirit    Thursday, 26 March 2009 The following is the third in a 10-part series on reconciliation Penance Father Michael Van Sloun Of all the objections to the sacrament of reconciliation, the one most often voiced, particularly by Protestants, and sometimes by Catholics is:  “I don’t need to go to confession to a priest! The priest is just another human being! All that I need to do is to confess my sins directly to God, and that is enough!”...
  • Obama Signing Reconciliation Health Care Bill, No Fixes for Abortion Funding

    03/30/2010 8:39:39 AM PDT · by julieee · 6 replies · 749+ views ^ | March 30, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Signing Reconciliation Health Care Bill, No Fixes for Abortion Funding Washington, DC -- President Barack Obama is signing the reconciliation bill -- the second part of the new government-run health care system that makes changes to the law he signed last week. Although the bill "fixes" problems on unrelated political issues, it does not alter the abortion funding or promotion in the law he signed.
  • A Health Legislation Fail-Safe Works, but Not as Expected ("must read" -- stage set w budget bill!)

    03/27/2010 3:41:06 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 21 replies · 1,327+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2010 | Carl Hulse
    "The No. 1 lesson from 1993," said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff and a former Clinton aide, "was to make sure you could use reconciliation for health care and education." Last April, Mr. Emanuel and Peter R. Orszag, the administration's budget guru, went to Capitol Hill to press Senate Democrats to make sure the budget then being written would provide the ability to approve a health care bill with the simple Senate majority that reconciliation requires. ...Democrats inserted the procedural fail-safe in the budget document, allowing special protection for legislation covering health and education as long as...
  • Obama Signing Reconciliation In Northern Virginia

    03/27/2010 3:26:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 659+ views ^ | March 27, 2010 | Laura Alcorn
    Obama will be signing the Reconciliation Bill on Wednesday at Northern Virginia Community College. I am sure that there will be a protest/rally however, I don't have any confirmation. If you or your organization would like to organize a gathering, please post the information here.
  • Dems Complete Nullification of Scott Brown’s Election Via “Unprecedented” Reconciliation Switch

    03/25/2010 9:53:10 PM PDT · by Blonde · 7 replies · 806+ views
    CentristNet ^ | March 25th, 2010 | Centristnet
    By a vote of 56-43, with three Democrats, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Sen. Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), joined by all 41 Republicans, failing to put the breaks on a large package of changes to the existing law known as Obamacare. Every vote taken on Obamacare in the past few weeks has had the same character: bipartisan opposition failing to stop the remaining majority of Democrats from passing the legislation – hardly what the average American would expect on the signature legislation of President Obama, as the media-created Obama Brand is one of a...
  • Dems victorious in final health bill 'fixes' vote (barf)

    03/25/2010 6:31:27 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 25 replies · 612+ views ^ | 03/25/10 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - Capping an epic struggle, Democrats completed the final touches Thursday to an historic fight for a nationwide health care overhaul; a process that ended with the the House approving Senate-cleared changes to the legislation the president signed into law Tuesday. Republicans vowed to campaign for repeal in the fall election season, drawing a quick retort from Barack Obama: "I welcome that fight." Earlier, the Senate voted 56-43 to approve the fixes, clearing the way for the House's final 220-207 confirmation vote later in the evening.
  • Seeing’ Red at Reconciliation over Medicine Cabinet Tax

    03/25/2010 2:33:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 1,041+ views
    big government ^ | 3/25/10 | John Berlau
    “They won’t be so opposed to it once they see what’s in it.” That’s the rationalization House leaders gave skittish Democrats to get them to walk the plank on Obamacare Sunday night. But one of the first things millions of Americans will “see” is an effective 40 percent tax hike on the over-the-counter medicines – from an antihistamine such as Claritin for allergies, pain relief medicine such as Tylenol or Excedrin, Pedialyte to prevent their kids from becoming dehydrated when they are sick, and even prenatal vitamins if they are expecting another one. All of these items have two things...
  • Senators who voted for Reconciliation.

    03/25/2010 2:17:51 PM PDT · by reaganwasright1980 · 9 replies · 623+ views
    Right Handed Pitcher ^ | 3-25-2010 | Timothy Knight
    Senate Democrats have passed Obamacare via Reconciliation this afternoon, the legislation will head back to the House of Representatives after a small portion of the legislation was removed, here are the spineless bastards who voted for Reconciliation this afternoon: Senator Akaka (Hawaii). Senator Baucus (Montana). Senator Bayh (Indiana). Senator Begich (Alaska). Senator Bennet (Colorado). Senator Bingaman (New Mexico). Senator Boxer (California). Senator Brown (Ohio). Senator Burris (Illinois). Senator Byrd (West Virginia). Senator Cantwell (Washington). Senator Cardin (Maryland). Senator Carper (Delaware). Senator Casey (Pennsylvania).
  • Reconciliation bill passes Senate

    03/25/2010 12:02:21 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 64 replies · 3,662+ views
    Politico ^ | 03/25/10 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN & MEREDITH SHINER
    The Senate approved a package of fixes to the health care reform law Thursday, drawing to a close the chamber’s year-long effort to overhaul the nation’s insurance system. But the work isn't done quite yet. The vote passed 56 to 43, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding over the chamber. Senate Republicans forced a pair of changes to the reconciliation bill overnight, sending it back to the House for a final vote later Thursday. Democrats believe the minor changes – to language regarding Pell Grants for low-income students – won’t derail House passage, meaning that Democrats are set to finally...
  • While you were sleeping: The Vampire Congress strikes again

    03/24/2010 10:54:45 PM PDT · by Blonde · 64 replies · 4,061+ views ^ | March 25, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    As you all know, I’m on semi-vacation with my family. It’s 10:00pm Pacific time and after putting everyone to bed, I decided to check in online and turn on the TV. I flipped through C-SPAN thinking I’d be able to catch up on re-runs of the day’s business…only to find the Senate still live and in session at 1:00am Eastern voting on Demcare amendments. Yes, the Vampire Congress is back in business again — shirking the glare of daylight as it tables Republican motion after motion. A final vote on the wreckonciliation bill is expected at around 3:00-6:00am Eastern this...
  • Senate GOP backs off; healthcare ‘fixes’ could pass Thursday

    03/24/2010 7:53:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 110 replies · 2,836+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/24/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans have backed away from a plan to offer hundreds of amendments to slow the passage of healthcare reform fixes under budget reconciliation. This means the Senate will finish work on House-demanded changes to healthcare reform law sooner than expected. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had hoped to finish the process by Friday or Saturday but now Thursday afternoon appears a possible end-point.
  • Will Dems Support Viagra For Child Molesters?

    03/24/2010 12:21:58 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 7 replies · 436+ views ^ | 03/24/10 | CaroleL
    The United States government should not provide Viagra to sex offenders. That should be a very easy statement to agree with, even for Democrats who strongly favor the far-left Obama agenda. But thanks to Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Senate Democrats may have to publicly vote against an amendment to health care legislation entitled "No Erectile Dysfunction Drugs To Sex Offenders."
  • Other Tax Shoes Begin To Drop

    03/23/2010 5:46:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 2,310+ views ^ | March 23, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Health Care Reform: The Senate parliamentarian dims GOP hopes on a reconciliation bill that contains even more onerous taxes and even a financial incentive to lay people off. No wonder Speaker Pelosi is laughing. We'll acknowledge that the signing of ObamaCare into law is a historic event, but we think the Weather Channel broadcasting the signing ceremony was a bit much. On the other hand, stormy political weather and more dark clouds lay ahead. The cries of "repeal" and "remember in November" are rising, and state attorneys general are taking the feds to court over the unconstitutional mandates and usurpation...