Charities fight changes on tax deductions

WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans who file income tax returns won't be affected by proposed changes in how charitable contributions are deducted, but that hasn't stopped charitable groups from lobbying Congress to fight any change in deductions as part of the “fiscal cliff'' negotiations. By Jackie Kucinich / USA Today.

Ancient wisdom for 21st century problems

(RNS) Trying to make sense of the 2012 election and the unfolding David Petraeus sex scandal, I consulted the Bible and the “Sayings of the Fathers,” a collection of rabbinic teachings written between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D. The ancient perceptions about politics and ethics are as insightful today as when they were first uttered. By A.James Rudin.