Joan Frawley Desmond

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3 Lessons That Help Explain Jane Austen’s Enduring Popularity

Why do readers still pore over Jane Austen’s books, two hundred years after their publication? Puzzled researches have employed data analytics to get to the bottom of this mystery. The New York Times’ data scientists explain why the author’s...

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Catholic Bioethicist: Authorities ‘Usurped’ Role of Charlie Gard’s Parents

Earlier this year, a British hospital asked a court to decide whether it was legal, and in the best interests of Charlie Gard, to remove the terminally-ill infant from life support — even if that decision violated his own parents'...

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DeVos Upsets the NYTimes by Refusing to Punish ‘Schools That Discriminate’

“Betsy DeVos Refuses to  Rule Out Giving Funds to Schools That Discriminate.” [Editor: This post was updated on May 27} The May 24 New York Times headline above marked an escalation in the partisan battle against school choice initiatives that...

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Leonard Leo, the Pro-Life Catholic Behind Trump’s Nomination of Gorsuch

This week, when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments for a Missouri religious discrimination case that could sweep aside legal obstacles to school voucher programs, Justice Neil Gorsuch will be on the bench. Gorsuch, President Donald...

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LA Times Calls Daleiden Charges ‘Disturbingly Aggressive’

The Los Angeles Times has attacked the decision by California's attorney general to file criminal charges against David Daleiden, the pro-life activist and Center for Medical Progress investigator whose

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Sen. Leahy Ties Abortion Movement to Shady Characters, Nazi Ideology

  This week, questions about the survival of Roe v. Wade, and whether the landmark ruling constituted a so-called “super-precedent,” punctuated Democrats’ grueling interrogation of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme...

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Will Gorsuch Be Confirmed in Time to Rule on ‘Major’ Church-State Case?

WASHINGTON—Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, survived his first day of confirmation hearings on Monday as the Senate Judiciary Committee dug in for battle.  Added to the tension of the high-wire televised...

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Justice Alito Warns Religious Believers of “Hostile Wind” Ahead

“A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs,” Justice Samuel Alito warned in an address on Wednesday sponsored by Advocati Christi, a New Jersey-based group of Catholic lawyers and judges. The justice pointed to...

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Violent Mob Enforces Liberal Groupthink at Middlebury College

“There’s nothing like a little violence to focus the mind.” Allison Stanger, a political science professor at Middlebury College, shared this insight in a March 13 column on the Opinion Page of the New York Times. Stanger is the liberal...

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What's Behind Those Stories About Ivanka Trump and Planned Parenthood?

Did Ivanka Trump seek to protect Planned Parenthood from a GOP-led campaign to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider? That question was raised by an unusual story published in the New York Times on Monday. “In private discussions with...