Santorum rips Obama on social agenda
February 19th, 2012
08:32 PM ET
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Santorum rips Obama on social agenda

(CNN) - Rick Santorum continued his offensive against President Barack Obama while speaking Sunday night to a church in Georgia ahead of the state’s primary next month, portraying the president as a leader intent on starting a cultural war.

As the audience roared with applause, the former Pennsylvania senator called on the country to build a foundation that will "defend the church, defend the family, defend the nonprofit community, defend them from a government that wants to weaken them."

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Filed under: Faith • Georgia • President Obama • Rick Santorum
CNN Poll: Half oppose Obama birth control insurance plan
February 16th, 2012
04:04 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Half oppose Obama birth control insurance plan

Washington (CNN) – Half of all Americans say they oppose the Obama administration's new policy concerning employer-provided health insurance plans and their coverage of contraceptive services for female employees including those at religiously affiliated institutions, according to a new national survey.

The push by the White House has been sharply criticized by Catholic Church officials, and many political pundits have said that the controversy could hurt President Barack Obama's re-election chances with Catholic voters. But a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday also indicates that the vast majority of Catholic Americans say they don't always follow church teachings on such issues as abortion and birth control, and few Americans Catholics believe artificial means of birth control are wrong.

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Contraception fight heats up
February 15th, 2012
08:34 PM ET
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Contraception fight heats up

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's shift on the thorny issue of contraception insurance coverage announced last week was no compromise at all, congressional opponents said Wednesday.

The president is "using the strong arm of government to force all Americans to pay for drugs and procedures that may violate" their religious beliefs and rights, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, said during a Capitol Hill news conference.
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Filed under: Congress • Faith • President Obama
Liberal Catholics challenge bishops on Obama's contraception rule
February 15th, 2012
04:56 PM ET
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Liberal Catholics challenge bishops on Obama's contraception rule

Washington (CNN) - America’s Catholic bishops have criticized the White House’s mandate for insurers to provide free contraception coverage to employees, but plenty of other Catholic groups have endorsed the plan – some taking swipes at the bishops in the process.

“The Catholic bishops and their allies in the Republican Party are increasingly isolated,” James Salt, executive director of a liberal group called Catholics United, said in a statement over the weekend supporting the White House’s contraception rule.

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Filed under: Belief Blog • Faith • President Obama
Lew defends new contraception policy
February 12th, 2012
08:59 AM ET
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Lew defends new contraception policy

(CNN) – White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew stood by the administration’s recent policy change on contraception coverage Sunday, arguing the new plan ensures women can keep their “right to preventive care” while religious institutions can respect their principles.

“This was a challenge to reconcile two important principles, and the president found a way to reconcile those,” Lew said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There are others who don’t have the same objective, and they have to speak for themselves.”
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Filed under: Faith • Health care • Jacob Lew • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
Obama administration looking to resolve contraception controversy
February 8th, 2012
04:43 PM ET
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Obama administration looking to resolve contraception controversy

(CNN) - After an avalanche of criticism, the White House is working on a way to thread the needle on a new health care policy which will require all employers-including religious institutions-to cover contraception in their health insurance plans.

Policy makers are angling for a loophole that would ensure women receive coverage without forcing Catholic charities, hospitals and institutions to pay for it, two senior administration sources told CNN Wednesday.
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Filed under: Faith • Health care • Jay Carney • Mitt Romney • White House
February 5th, 2012
01:23 PM ET
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O’Malley: ‘Too much hyperventilating’ over contraception controversy

(CNN) - Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland said Sunday that critics of a new federal health policy are overreacting to a statute that requires religious institutions to pay for contraceptives in their health insurance plans.

“There has been a little bit too much hyperventilating over this issue,” O’Malley said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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Is Obama losing the Catholic vote?
February 1st, 2012
09:48 PM ET
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Is Obama losing the Catholic vote?

(CNN) - After years of bridge building with the Catholic Church, the Obama administration may have damaged some of the good will it built up with the nation's 70 million Catholics, which could have steep consequences at the polls in November.

Some rank and file Catholics are beginning to express the same frustrations as clergy about a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy requiring all employers, including religious ones, to pay for FDA-approved contraceptives, such as the birth control pill and Plan B, through health insurance plans.

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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Belief Blog • Faith • Health care • President Obama
Adelson denies involvement in special Nevada caucus for orthodox Jews
January 30th, 2012
08:39 PM ET
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Adelson denies involvement in special Nevada caucus for orthodox Jews

(CNN) - Major Republican donor and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife did not push for a special Saturday evening Nevada Republican caucus for orthodox Jews, a spokesman for Adelson said in a note to reporters Monday evening.

“In short, they had no involvement,” spokesman Ron Reese said in his memo.
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Nevada • Newt Gingrich
On call with conservatives, Romney speaks to Mormon beliefs
January 27th, 2012
09:48 AM ET
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On call with conservatives, Romney speaks to Mormon beliefs

(CNN) – In a recent conference call with conservatives across the country, Mitt Romney expounded upon subjects he usually doesn't talk much about: Jesus and eternity.

Asked on the call how his faith had shaped his success as a businessman and his political career, the presidential candidate spoke about "a conviction that life is eternal, that your family is your greatest prize, that ultimately what we accomplish in life is of little significance compared to the interests of the savior Jesus Christ and his purposes."

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Mitt Romney
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