Reader: Democrat joins Ryan on Medicare reform, Newt drops 12 pts in Iowa, A new Doctor of the Church?

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR Bipartisan support, finally! Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, teamed up with Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden on a new plan to reform Medicare. Wyden said it was time for conservatives and progressives to come together and “deal with the costs and demographic challenges.” It won’... More

Reader: Newt’s attack on Mitt backfires, Obama still under 50% favorability, Illinois bishop expresses repentance

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Mitt Romney suggests that Newt Gingrich should return over a million dollars in consulting money to failed housing giant Freddie Mac. Gingrich responds suggesting that Romney return money he earned at Bain for laying people off. Newt’s response backfires big time. http://is.gd/jqLHqv If Romney or Gingrich ... More

Reader: Newt holds off rivals at debate, 7 former PP workers offer to testify, Paul accuses Newt of selling access

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Rivals fail to stop Newt Gingrich’s momentum during Saturday’s Iowa debate. http://bit.ly/vDTlAm Seven former employees offer to testify against Planned Parenthood. http://bit.ly/tiSpYu Jon Huntsman praised abortion champion Kathleen Sebelius when Barack Obama nominated her as head of the Dept. of Health... More

5 Reasons to Say No to Newt

I know that Newt Gingrich is now the GOP frontrunner. And he is also a favorite among Christian conservatives. Catholics, too. Heck, he even won the CatholicVote Thanksgiving Straw Poll. I believe that if Republican primary voters nominate Newt Gingrich, it will undermine and harm the pro-family cause. And I also think his campaign will have several train wrecks, causing Newt to ultimately l... More

Reader: Rick Perry’s ad doesn’t help marriage cause, Newt’s campaign faces hurdles, Ron Paul courts evangelicals

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Catholic blogger Matthew Warner thinks Rick Perry’s new ad about gays in the military is overly simplistic red meat that doesn’t help the pro-marriage cause. (I think Matt’s right.) http://cvote.to/9m   Non-partisan political analyst Charlie Cook says Newt Gingrich’s campaign fundamentals are very... More

Reader: Pope to visit Cuba, Romney slams Newt, Pelosi calls bishops ‘lobbyists’

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. The Catholic Church confirms Pope Benedict XVI will visit Cuba in the spring. http://cvote.to/9g The mitts come off: Romney slams Gingrich for attacking Paul Ryan’s Medicare reforms. http://cvote.to/9h Mitt Romney now says he wouldn’t recommend other states adopt Romneycare. That’s a shift from what he... More

Reader: Another conservative Latino VP prospect, Oldest Catholic college drops “Catholic,” Who might miss OH ballot?

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Luis Fortuño Hey, I’m pretty depressed about Mitt and Newt leading the pack. So let’s talk about the #2 slot. A lot of conservatives say it would be great to have a conservative Latino as the GOP VP candidate. So Marco Rubio, right? Well, Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal notes there’s actually a... More

Reader: Polls show Newt is frontrunner, Media attacks Santorum, +Wenski says Obama ‘seems to have deceived’ Catholics

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Newt Gingrich is definitely the frontrunner now. Iowa: Newt 33, Romney 18, Ron Paul 18, Perry 11. http://cvote.to/9O  South Carolina: Gingrich 38, Romney 22, Perry 9, unsure 9. http://cvote.to/9P But Gingrich is not without his critics. The last time Gingrich gained power both his popularity and that of his... More

Am I starstuck by Newt?

Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek thinks I might be “star struck” by Newt Gingrich. She quoted from my Sunday post here on CatholicVote.org, which I will reprint here: I am very glad that the Gingrich campaign was quick to respond to the fallout from the ABC News interview and that they came out with a strong pro-life statement which reaffirms the scientific fact that life begins at concept... More

Reader: Cain endorsing Newt?, Palin praises Santorum, Doctors in MA oppose euthanasia

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. With Herman Cain suspending his campaign on Saturday, rumors are that he will endorse Newt Gingrich today. http://cvote.to/9H   Yet Mark Block, Cain’s campaign manager, told ABC: “I have no knowledge that Cain is endorsing anyone anytime soon.” http://cvote.to/9I   Usually when a candidate rises in... More

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