John J. O'Grady
Can Interfaith Climate Action Be the Harbinger Of Noah’s Dove?
Posted: 09/19/2014 1:11 pm EDT Updated: 45 minutes ago In Genesis chapter 8, we read that when the dove returned to Noah with an olive leaf in its mouth, Noah knew that the waters had receded, and that the world had been saved from destruction. This change in climate represented a movement toward life, to salvation and a new start for earth’s population.

Today, however, climate…

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Congress Staves Off Government Shutdown…for Now
Congress Staves Off Government Shutdown…for Now Gary Blakeley / Shutterstock.com The Senate on Thursday easily passed a short-term spending bill, clearing the way for the government to avoid a shutdown until at least mid-December.

The Senate’s passage by a vote of 73-22 follows the House approving on Wednesday the $1.01 trillion stopgap measure — which funds…

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Bill to Avoid Shutdown on Track for Passage This Week
Bill to Avoid Shutdown on Track for Passage This Week Flickr user Rich Renomeron

A spending bill to keep government agencies open appears poised to clear Congress this week, though the final iteration of the measure remains unclear.

Lawmakers in the House debated the continuing resolution, which would fund agencies and avoid a government shutdown until Dec.…

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One Chart Showing Every Military Pay Raise in the Last 30 Years
One Chart Showing Every Military Pay Raise in the Last 30 Years A U.S. Marine patrols a poppy field in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. A U.S. Marine patrols a poppy field in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O’Donald/U.S. Navy Civilian federal employees seem headed for a 1 percent pay raise in 2015. President Obama called for it, and Congress has shown no inclination to stand in his way.

The fate…

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The New Suburban Poverty
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The New Suburban Poverty

The very idea of a suburb in the United States has long been promoted as a safe, affordable family-friendly place; that is, as an alternative to a less-desirable, polluted, somewhat dangerous urban neighborhood, and one dense with rental units. Historically in Europe and Africa a suburb is usually the opposite. There the upwardly mobile live…

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Here are the 12 most competitive Senate races in the country
Here are the 12 most competitive Senate races in the country

By Chris Cillizza„ aaron blake and sean sullivan September 14 at 11:37 AM

Now is the time in an election cycle where the tectonic political plates undergirding key Senate races begin to shift in real and meaningful ways. Millions are spent. Debates happen. People start paying attention.

And so, before we ranked the 12 most competitive…

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Patent office to hire outside consultant to review telework program

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Patent office to hire outside consultant to review telework program

By Lisa Rein September 13 at 8:00 AM

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Commerce Department officials told congressional investigators Friday they have launched an internal review of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s telework program…

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GOP Senate’s first 100 days
GOP Senate’s first 100 days

By Alexander Bolton – 09/12/14 06:00 AM EDT

Republicans are putting together an agenda for the first 100 days of 2015 in case they win control of the Senate.

Authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving “fast-track” trade authority, wiping out proposed environmental regulations and repealing the medical device tax top their list.

“Those would all be positive…

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Feds Can Donate to More Charities, But Will They?
Feds Can Donate to More Charities, But Will They? OPM Director Katherine Archuleta noted the changes are important as the workforce becomes more mobile. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta noted the changes are important as the workforce becomes more mobile. 

Federal employees now can donate to thousands more charities as part of the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign. The question is, will they?

This year the Office of Personnel Management has launched the…

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Feds Were Feeling a Lot Less Generous in 2013
Feds Were Feeling a Lot Less Generous in 2013 Kwiatek7/Shutterstock.com

Donations to the Combined Federal Campaign dipped 19 percent in 2013 over the previous year, marking the fourth consecutive year of declining contributions for the federal government’s annual giving drive.

With 162 of the 163 local CFC administrators reporting their totals, federal employees…

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