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Weekly Roundup

Here are a few stories from this week that deserve notice:

* Catholic bishops flocked to Washington, D.C., this week to push lawmakers to finally pass immigration reform. Before doing their lobbying they first gathered for Mass. Although not as powerful as their Mass last month on the U.S.-Mexico border, it was still a potent service. On a related note, Robert Parham offered a good Ethics Daily column blasting Congress for not passing immigration reform but instead just offering political posturing and pontificating.

* Christian author Matthew Paul Turner wrote an exposé for The Daily Beast on Christian financial author and radio host Dave Ramsey. It paints a picture of bad management/leadership and overly-aggressive personality/control issues. I have never been a fan of Ramsey's advice and style, but am quite surprised by the revelations.

* Kirsten Powers penned a good USA Today column critiquing journalists and media personalities for criticizing NSA/Edward Snowden journalist Glenn Greenwald. Powers wrote:
Political philosopher Hannah Arendt once noted, "To think critically is to always be hostile." This should be the mantra of all journalists. As for Greenwald's critics, perhaps they could turn their hostile gaze from him to a more worthwhile target: the government they've been charged with holding accountable.
She is right! We need journalists to challenge powerful forces like the NSA.

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