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Putin’s Opinion; NSA Leaks Continue; Cruz Praises Obama; Gun Run In Maryland; Pope Says Belief In God Not Requisite For Eternity In Heaven – Thursday Morning News Roundup 9-12-2013

September 12, 2013 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.


Vladimir Putin’s name appears above an opinion column in The New York Times today. The piece finds the Russian president in full PR mode, with gentle, constructive criticisms of President Barack Obama’s Syria policy and an even-handed caution against American exceptionalism and interventionism. “It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States,” he writes. “Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.” Source: The New York Times…


A top-secret “memorandum of understanding” document – part of the trove of National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden – was released Wednesday by British newspaper The Guardian. The memo shows how American intelligence being shared with Israel would not be filtered in advance by NSA analysts to remove the “raw” data on the communications originating in the U.S. Source: The Guardian…


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) praised – yes, praised – President Barack Obama on Wednesday for bringing the Syria strike to Congress, saying that the move gave the chance for the voices of Americans to be heard. “I want to commend President Obama for two different things,” said Cruz. “Number one, I want to commend President Obama for listening to the bipartisan calls to submit to the constitutional authority of Congress. That was significant, it was the right thing to do and I’m glad he did so. And secondly, once the issue came to Congress, that gave the American people a chance to speak up.” Source: POLITICO…


Maryland’s new Firearms Safety Act—which takes effect October 1—has created a run on guns. More than 72,000 applications have been filed—an average of 2,300 a week, three times the number filed in 2010. To help process those applications, employees in other departments, including Health and Mental Hygiene, Transportation, Public Safety and Human Resources, were put on data entry duty. That has many residents angry that their personal information might fall into the wrong hands as it’s passed around by so many agencies. Source: CBS Baltimore… 


In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences. “The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience,” wrote the Pope. “Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.” Source: The Independent…


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