Bishops to Square One: The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is pleased to announce their “Fortnight to Freedom,” June 21 to July 4, described by the Catholic News Agency, as follows:
“The initiative was created in response to several moves by the Obama administration that are threatening the Church’s religious freedom. The most well-known action is the Health and Human Services mandate that requires employers to cover birth control and other services that Catholics and other believers find morally objectionable.”
Now, what was that old line the Bishops used to find so objectionable, could it have been “They want to hang their religions around other people’s necks?”
Tax dollars are going out the back door to private schools. This may not be what the Alliance for School Choice had in mind:
“While the scholarship programs have helped many children whose parents would have to scrimp or work several jobs to send them to private schools, the money has also been used to attract star football players, expand the payrolls of the nonprofit scholarship groups and spread the theology of creationism, interviews and documents show. Even some private school parents and administrators have questioned whether the programs are a charade.” [NYT]
How many didn’t believe the programs were a charade in the first place?
Solyndra and Lobbyists in Romney’s Bundle? If an article included “Solyndra, lobbyists, fundraising, and Romney” would you click over and read it? Would it surprise anyone that Romney has not released the names of any of his bundlers? We could guess we’d find the list in the stack with his tax returns?
The Not Debt Crisis? Next time some one tells you that the national debt is Crushing the Nation!!! Ask why then have Treasuries remained low after a $35 Billion 2 yr. sale. “The securities drew a yield of 0.300 percent…” [Bloomberg]
Meanwhile back with the “Job Craters” — JPMorganChase is being sued by employees whose retirement funds were hit by the bank’s Big At Least $3B Blunder. “The defendants were accused of violating their duties to 401(k) and other retirement plan participants by including company stock as an investment option, hiding the stock’s risk, and failing to move participants to safer choices.” [Reuters] And about their former risk manager… there were red flags. [Reuters]
Infrastructure Anyone: The Chinese say yes. Reuters reports:
The pace of investment in the likes of roads, bridges and real estate is running at its weakest in nearly a decade, April data showed, suggesting the world’s second-biggest economy is heading for a sixth straight quarter of slowing growth.
To provide some support the government had asked for project proposals by the end of June, even for those initially earmarked for the end of the year, said the China Securities Journal, one of the country’s top financial papers.
Citing government sources, the article said Beijing did not rule out bringing forward next year’s projects, if it thought more investments would be needed to stimulate the economy.
Flowing Foreclosure money? Want to see what your state has done with settlement funds from the Big Five Banks? Pro Publica has the information in a convenient chart.
Yucca Mountain is Still Dead. [Las Vegas Sun]
Nevada unemployment rate drops below 12% for the first time in 3 years. [NNBureau]