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  • August 1-8, 2016

    Traffic is to Los Angeles what dangerous animals are to Australia—something visitors fixate on and locals mostly ignore. “Do you know it took me over an hour to get here?” tourists ask, eyes crazed and glassy after their first foray in the SoCal stop and go. “Also, why is Hollywood so gross?” (Seriously, Mayor Garcetti: Why?)

    The issue of traffic congestion here is undeniable. According to a recent national study, Angelenos spend an average of 81 hours a year stuck in traffic, the...

  • August 1-8, 2016

    Democrats for Life may have lost the battle, but they’re hoping to win the war, as they see the party’s future inextricably linked to how well it carves out room for individuals opposed to abortion.

    Democratic Party leaders meeting in Orlando, Fla., on July 10 advanced a draft of its 2016 platform that for the first time in party history called for ending the ban on federal money used to fund abortion. The Democrats’...

  • August 1-8, 2016

    Tighter Western security measures and immigration controls are two likely outcomes of a truck attack in France on July 14, but a closer appraisal of “crisis architecture” may be another response to the unprecedented attack.

    “I think that, sadly, we’re at a place where—not just for terrorism reasons but for a wide variety of reasons—we need to think about crisis architecture which can limit the amount of casualties,” said...

  • August 1-8, 2016

    The deaths of two African-American men last month at the hands of police in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn., a suburb of St. Paul, provoked soul-searching and demonstrations against police brutality and institutional racism around the country. In a jolt to the entire nation, the killings apparently also provoked a rampage against police that left five officers dead in Dallas, Tex., on July 7. And in a shocking replay on July 17, three officers...

  • August 1-8, 2016

    Msgr. Owen Campion of Nashville, Tenn., retired on June 30 after a long career in the Catholic press as an editor and associate publisher. • A few months after Donald J. Trump’s clash with Pope Francis over immigration policy, a new poll finds that most U.S. Catholics support Hillary Clinton , the Democratic presidential candidate, by almost 20 percentage points, with white Catholics narrowly supporting Trump, the Republican candidate, and Hispanic Catholics...

  • July 18-25, 2016

    Chicago has long been a center of gay pride. Along a half-mile stretch in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood known as the Legacy Walk, pedestrians can view a series of plaques celebrating the contributions of gay men and women throughout history to politics, science, world affairs, the arts and entertainment.

    Acceptance often has come harder in other parts of Illinois. Dave Bentlin is chairman of the Prairie Pride Coalition, a...

  • July 18-25, 2016

    Rodrigo Duterte, a controversial town mayor dubbed “Dirty Harry” and “The Punisher” for his tough stance on crime—and against the Philippine Catholic Church—was sworn in as the 16th president of the Philippines on June 30. • Thousands of Syrians stranded on the Jordanian border face starvation and dehydration, the aid group Doctors Without Borders reported on June 30, calling for an immediate resumption of aid deliveries. • Relics of Blessed Oscar Romero,...

  • July 18-25, 2016

    The pope’s call for Christians to offer an apology to gay and lesbian people, issued during his flight back to Rome from Armenia on June 26, was carefully welcomed by Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego. “I think it opens up a very helpful pathway to dialogue and, hopefully, healing,” he told America on June 28. Pope Francis, Bishop McElroy said, brings to this dialogue with L.G.B.T. Catholics who feel marginalized by or alienated from the church a “renewed...

  • July 18-25, 2016

    The plight and vulnerability of Lebanon, surrounded by the chaos of Syria on the north and east and threatened by the tensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the south, were brought into sharp focus during a visit to the United States by Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church. During his cross-country pastoral visit, Cardinal Rai stopped in New York on June 27, where he implored reporters to remain mindful of the precarious...

  • July 18-25, 2016

    A Vatican ceremony on June 28 marked the 65th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. It featured a rare joint appearance by Pope Francis and his predecessor that seemed aimed at tamping down speculation prompted by the unusual circumstance that there are two living popes. In recent weeks debate has erupted over whether the two popes are sharing authority in the church or whether Francis is the sole successor of St. Peter. But...