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New today from the Century:

  • The editors on the limits of the presidency: "When FDR used the specter of "fear itself" to order up the New Deal, he brilliantly crystallized his mandate for reform. But this mandate was already present; the speech didn't create it. The reality of governing is that many elements are outside the president's control, via rhetoric or anything else."

  • Katherine Willis Pershey likes the Back to Church Sunday video: "Many of my friends who reposted the video are socially and theologically progressive. Some serve congregations that officially welcome gay and lesbian Christians. The organizers of Back to Church Sunday clearly prefer that their video and companion materials not be used to invite folks to such communities. . . . But I've learned that if I wanted all the farmers who grow my food to share my political convictions, I'd be pretty hungry."

  • "Sooner or later it comes down to faith"--but, James McGrath asks, faith in what?

  • Lois Huey-Heck on an anonymous piece of art in the middle of a river.

 

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