In today’s Buzz, Pope Francis’s proclamation on family life, latest on Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and President Obama’s supposed role in the Panama Papers.

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What I’m Watching – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks

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Pope Francis, Urging Less Judgment, Signals Path for Divorced on Communion In a broad proclamation on family life, Pope Francis on Friday called for the Roman Catholic Church to be more welcoming and less judgmental, and he seemingly signaled a pastoral path for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive holy communion.

The Senate Is Unmoved Senators are back from spring break, tanned, rested, and ready to spend the next few months working feverishly to accomplish as little as humanly possible—especially on the matter of poor Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Panama financial scandal blows up into Democratic skirmishing over trade The Panama Papers’ detailed revelations of a massive international tax-haven scheme have snowballed this week into a fierce debate among Democrats over President Obama’s trade policies with the tiny Central American nation and again laid bare sharp divisions within the party over such agreements.






50 Nifty

Trump’s Support Would Be Easier To Explain With Better Polling If Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination, it will probably be because of his policies on trade. Or perhaps immigration. Or maybe it’s his get-tough foreign policy that’s really connecting with voters.

Arizona rule restricts reporters who reject background check The gallery of the Arizona House of Representatives had a new set of occupants as lawmakers convened for their debate: journalists.

Big-city mayors take aim at states with anti-gay laws Big-city mayors from Honolulu to Tampa, Seattle to New York, have formed Mayors Against Discrimination to take action against North Carolina and Mississippi for enacting anti-gay laws.

Uber settles lawsuit over driver background checks, will pay $10 million The settlement was signed Thursday in San Francisco, where Uber is based and where the district attorney led a lawsuit that said Uber falsely claimed its criminal screening of would-be drivers was the most comprehensive available.

Tax credit will help grow Iowa’s biochemical sector I commend the Iowa Legislature, Gov. Branstad and the state of Iowa for passing the biochemical tax credit

Fed chair defends rate hike: ‘I certainly don’t regard it as a mistake.’ Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, left, and former Federal Reserve chairs Ben Bernanke, center, and Paul Volcker, right, react as they listen to former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan appearing via video conference, during a panel discussion on Thursday in New York.

When Religious Groups Do What the Government Won’t Inmates in the Little Rock branch of Arkansas Community Correction Center have three options for how to spend their day. They can stay in the prison and do work duty, washing clothes and scrubbing floors.

Why Promising Students Struggle to Escape Poverty Despite the challenge of growing up in tough areas with few resources, thousands of inner city kids manage to excel academically.

The Untapped Potential of Data-Driven Policy Harvard Business School’s Mike Luca does a lot of work with both companies and cities to help make them more data driven. Some of his work is about the intersection of firms and cities.

State tightening local government ethics rules on wind farms Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday unveiled new rules on wind farm developers aimed at discouraging hidden sweetheart deals with local officials.

5 Reasons Why The ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Trailer Is So Important What The Emperor’s presence could mean: The Emperor’s royal guard is seen on either side of some sort of misty tank in the trailer, it follows that the Emperor himself is either in this chamber or not far behind. This makes me assume that we will be getting a nice expansion on Dark Side characters in the Star Wars universe.


Local Government Confidential

Providence to have hearing on city manager issue The Providence City Council is considering hiring a manager to run the city and wants input from residents to help it decide how to move forward.

Palm Springs mayor wants review of city attorney & city manager Moon also called for reviewing the city’s continued relationship with former Riverside County District Attorney, Rod Pacheco, who city leaders hired to provide advice and council shortly after an FBI raid at City Hall.

Gainesville City Manager Candidates Six candidates are in the running for Gainesville City Manager.