Obama’s contraception compromise falls flat with bishops, GOP

By Cathy Lynn Grossman and Richard Wolf / USA TODAY |

While challenges to President Obama's contraception rule could take the form of legal and legislative assaults, the White House and the Obama re-election campaign are comfortable with the revised rule, believing most Americans — and particularly most women — are on their side.

Fact checker: Obama Muslim prayer meme is false

Caryn Shinske |

(RNS) The people behind a popular chain about President Obama and the National Day of Prayer might want to think about the sin of omission. That's omission, as in omitting facts. By Caryn Shinske.

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Mainline Protestants up for grabs heading into November

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) In a matchup between Obama and GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, mainline Protestant voters are nearly evenly divided, with 41 percent supporting Obama and 43 percent for Romney. The same holds true between Obama and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — each is the choice of 41 percent of white mainline Protestants. By Lauren Markoe.

The end of ‘compassionate conservatism’?

Amy Sullivan |

(RNS) Just three years after George W. Bush left the White House, compassionate conservatives are an endangered species. Is this just a case of the Republican Party wanting to distance itself from the Bush years — or is compassionate conservatism gone for good? By Amy Sullivan.