RNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

RNS-Massachusetts-Resolution: Cambridge follows Seattle in passing resolution against India’s controversial citizenship laws
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (RNS) – The Cambridge City Council has passed a resolution urging the Indian government to repeal its Citizenship Amendment Act and halt a planned national citizenship registry, both of which have prompted massive international backlash and allegations of anti-Muslim bias. By Aysha Khan. 775 words. (category: a)

RNS-Klobuchar-NewHampshire: Klobuchar wins over New Hampshire voters who attend religious services
(RNS) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar may have come in third in the New Hampshire Democratic primary on Tuesday (Feb. 11), but the Minnesota native managed to best her competitors among at least one group: voters who regularly attend religious services. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won over a very different group: those who never attend religious services. By Jack Jenkins. 348 words. (category: a)

RNS-ADL-Supremacists: Report: White supremacist propaganda on college campuses doubled in 2019
(RNS) — White supremacist groups doubled down on college and universities across the country in 2019, blanketing campuses and off-campus haunts with propaganda, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation’s League’s Center on Extremism. The report found a total of 2,713 cases of leafleting on and off campus – an average of more than seven per day – nationwide, compared to 1,214 in 2018. That makes it the highest year on record for such activity in the United States. By Yonat Shimron. 500 words. (category: a) 

RNS-Pope-Amazon: In new doc, Pope Francis veto's ordination of women and married men to the priesthood
VATICAN CITY (RNS) – A new document by Pope Francis slams countries and companies exploiting the Amazon region and calls on the Catholic Church to find new paths and methods to minister to its indigenous people. But those new paths do not include the ordination of either women or married men. By Claire Giangravè. 1,200 words. (category: i)

RNS-Talbot-Oped: Thomas Merton, my stroke and the light within
(RNS) — These days, following my stroke, I'm searching for the proper blend of activism and calm. This pursuit has led me to the life and work of Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who emerged from 27 years of cloistered life in a monastery in the hills of Kentucky to confront the growing apocalyptic evils of the Cold War. By David Talbot. 1,112 words. (category: k)

RNS-Burton-Oped: 'Self-Care Barbie' brings moral perfection to the younger set
(RNS) — Barbie’s new perfection is grounded not in her perfect plasticine proportions, nor in her sheer essence as the Ur-Feminine, but in the ritualistic oblations one can make, through play, toward the Self-Care Experience. To “be your best,” to “be as good as Barbie,” means to go to the gym, to go to the spa, to spend time and money on practicing the necessarily markers of Best Self-ism. By Tara Isabella Burton. 690 words. (category: k)