WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

July 14th, 2014



Police probe Fifa over $100m scam.” By Andrew Jennings, Jon Ungoed-Thomas and Manuela Andreoni. Times of London. July 13, 2014.


Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness of Sex Abuse Victims; Catholic Leader Calls for Bishops to Be Held Accountable for Protection of Minors.” By Liam Moloney. Wall Street Journal. July 7, 2014.
Related stories:
Pope Asks Forgiveness From Victims of Sex Abuse.” New York Times. July 7, 2014.
Pope Meets Sex Abuse Victims, Bearing A Plea For Forgiveness.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 7, 2014.
Pope Francis apologises to clerical sex abuse victims and asks for forgiveness.” Independent (UK). July 8, 2014.

Missouri: Abuse Case Is Settled.” New York Times/Associated Press. July 8, 2014.


Religious Freedom in Peril.” Opinion. By Nicholas Kristof. New York Times. July 10, 2014.


To be more diverse charities need to look beyond race, religion, sex or age; Diversity is about embracing the slow learner, the fast learner, the introvert and extrovert, liberal and conservative: • There is not enough action in the charity sector; • Young people should be at the forefront of charity campaigns; • How to recruit a diverse group of charity trustees; • Innovation and diversity are essential for the future success.” By Geraldine Kilbride. Guardian. July 7, 2014.

In praise of… the warm glow; Chuggers, please note – the secret to charitable giving lies less in the cause, and more in the person asking.” Editorial. Guardian. July 7, 2014.

Five things about Gen Y that charities need to know; Gen Y gives the least money to charity. New research offers charities clues about how to crack the millennial mind–frame: • Young people should be at the forefront of charity campaigns; • We must do more to get young people on charity boards; • Best Bits: Getting young people involved in charitable giving; • Generation Y: why young job seekers want more than money.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. July 8, 2014.

Ebay and online retail for charities – top tips; Chief executive of Ebay’s partner charity shares his expertise on what makes online customers shop, click and donate: • Charity shops: what’s in store? • How-to guide: retail and small charities; • Charities could transform Britain’s high streets; • ‘Greedy’ charity shops under fire.” By Nick Aldridge. Guardian. July 8, 2014.

Charity chief executive pay: how much is too much? – open thread; Landmine charity Halo Trust has suspended its chief executive, who is reported to have been earning £220,000 a year. Is that too much? Should there be a cap and, if so, what should it be? • Are charity chiefs paid too much? – sector responds; • How to set your charity chief executive’s pay; • Charities told to publish CEO pay to earn public trust; • The reality of a charity chief executive’s role.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. July 9, 2014.

Privatising children’s services: the U-turn has not addressed concerns; There will not be enough regulation of private companies taking on outsourced children’s services functions.” By Brigid Featherstone and Kate Morris. Guardian. July 10, 2014.

Safety net: how charities are reaching the digitally excluded; Those offline are often the people who need help the most – three charities say how they’re getting important services out: • Tackling digital exclusion: five to follow on Twitter; • Digital exclusion is a modern social evil we can abolish; • Beveridge revisited: where now for the welfare state? • Social care meets social media – what’s holding the sector back?” By Caroline Roberts. Guardian. July 10, 2014.

Former head of top school held on child sex offences.” By Sean O’Neill. Times of London. July 11, 2014.

Why you don’t have to have wealth to be a philanthropist; Cheryl Chapman, director of City Philanthropy, explains on City Giving Day why you shouldn’t just chase the super rich: • Why entrepreneurs like Bill Gates become philanthropists; • Five ways charities can engage long-term donors; • Philanthropy is dead, we needs commercial principles.” By Cheryl Chapman. Guardian. July 11, 2014.

Parks look for new ways to meet costs – with trees, bees and subscription fees; With warnings that many of Britain’s parks are on a financial precipice, some are looking at novel ways to meet running costs.” By James Meikle. Guardian. July 11, 2014.

Inquiry judge hid claims of bishop’s sex abuse.” By Sean O’Neill. Times of London. July 12, 2014.

Trojan Horse scandal: Birmingham accuses Ofsted head of smear campaign; Schools inspector trying to hide his department’s failings, say city leaders.” By Oliver Wright. Independent. July 13, 2014.


Pope Francis Names New Leadership for Vatican Bank.” By Jim Yardley. New York Times. July 10, 2014.
Related story:
The Vatican bank; Managing Mammon: A shake-up of Catholic finances.” Economist. July 11, 2014,

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

July 14th, 2014


UAW forms voluntary association at Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.” By Ned Resnikoff. MSNBC. July 11, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

July 14th, 2014


It’s time for progressives to reclaim the Constitution.” Opinion. By E.J. Dionne. Washington Post. July 7, 2014.

The Volokh Conspiracy: More on what the Wheaton College injunction does (and does not) mean for contraception coverage.” By Jonathan H. Adler. Washington Post. July 7, 2014.
Related story:
Review & Outlook: The Wheaton Overreaction; Justice Sotomayor protests too much over a religious liberty reprieve.Wall Street Journal. July 7, 2014.

A doctor wears a stethoscope as he see a patient on June 02, 2014 in Miami, Fla.; The bigger question behind Hobby Lobby.” By Suzy Khimm. MSNBC. July 7, 2014.
Related story:
The doctrine of corporate separateness, or why the Hobby Lobby decision is an absolute farce.” Daily Kos. July 7, 2014.
Democrats Push Bill to Reverse Supreme Court Ruling on Contraceptives.New York Times. July 9, 2014.
Hobby Lobby’s Disturbing Sequel.” Editorial. New York Times. July 9, 2014.
Democrats Fast-Track Bill To Override Hobby Lobby Decision.” Huffington Post. July 9, 2014.
Can birth control help Democrats keep the Senate?” MSNBC. July 9, 2014.
How Hobby Lobby will reverberate throughout the LGBT community.” MSNBC. July 10, 2014.
Limit the Hobby Lobby decision’s effect on anti-discrimination laws.” Editorial. Washington Post. July 11, 2014.
Review & Outlook: Jihadi Hobby Lobby; The White House has two standards on religious liberty.” Wall Street Journal. July 12, 2014.

Most people think politicians can’t coordinate with the outside groups that back them. That’s not always true.” By Patrick Caldwell. Huffington Post/Mother Jones. July 7, 2014.

Clinton Foundation disclosures sought; Hillary Clinton’s payments from universities have become controversial.” By Maggie Haberman. Politico.com. July 8, 2014.

If Christian Corporations Have Religious Rights, What About Muslim Prisoners?” By Zoë Carpenter. Nation. July 8, 2014.

Kirsten Powers: Religious exemption myths; Letter sent to President Obama requests that hiring rules recognize faith.” By Kirsten Powers. USA Today. July 9, 2014.
Related stories:
Faith Groups Seek Exclusion From Bias Rule: pledged to sign an executive order barring discrimination against gay men and women by companies contracted by the government.” New York Times. July 9, 2014.
Gay Rights Groups Pull Support For ENDA Over Sweeping Religious Exemption.” Huffington Post. July 9, 2014.
Obama should say no to a religion-based exemption on hiring discrimination.” Editorial. Los Angeles Times. July 9, 2014.
LGBT group cites Hobby Lobby in withdrawing support from Employment Non-Discrimination Act.” Daily Kos. July 9, 2014.
Gordon College pleads for right to discriminate.” Boston Globe. July 9, 2014.
Salem ends Gordon College’s use of hall, citing discrimination.” Boston Globe. July 10, 2014.
U.S. Groups Reject Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill over Religious Exemption; President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order on employment discrimination in coming weeks.” By Julia Hotz. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). July 11, 2014.

Bill would permit for-profit debt firms.” By Kathleen Day and Jenifer McKim. Boston Globe. July 9, 2014.

Lois Lerner’s attorney now says former IRS official saved ‘some e-mails’.” By Josh Hicks. Washington Post. July 10, 2014.
Related story:
Politics and Policy: Emails Point to IRS Officials Using Instant Messages; Messages Weren’t Routinely Archived, Adding to Lawmaker Concerns About Document Handling.” Wall Street Journal. July 10, 2014.
Republicans Say Ex-I.R.S. Official May Have Circumvented Email.” New York Times. July 10, 2014.
Politics and Policy: U.S. Judge Orders IRS to Explain Lost Emails; Magistrate Judge Named to Seek Other Sources for Missing Documents.” Wall Street Journal. July 10, 2014.
Judge Gives I.R.S. a Month to Explain Lost Emails.” New York Times. July 11, 2014.
Darrell Issa: Lois Lerner’s ‘smoking gun’ email.” Politico.com. July 11, 2014.
IRS must take oath on Lerner emails: judge; Lois Lerner is the former IRS official at the center of the tea party targeting scandal.” Politico.com. July 11, 2014.
Republican congressman wants to arrest and jail former IRS official Lois Lerner.” Daily Kos. July 11, 2014.
Review & Outlook: Judging the IRS; A pair of court orders seek answers about the vanishing emails.” Wall Street Journal. July 12, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee Just Backed an Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’.” By John Nichols. Nation. July 11, 2014.

“Among Justices, Considering a Divide Not of Gender or Politics, but of Beliefs.” By Samuel G. Freedman. New York Times. July 12, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

July 14th, 2014


Pew Study Finds a Sharp Drop in Reporters at Statehouses; Pew Research Center Says 164 Statehouse Reporters Have Been Cut Since 2003.” By Christine Haughney. New York Times. July 11, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

July 14th, 2014


Donor of the Day: A $50 Million Gift to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Donations Aims to Enlarge Simons Center for Quantitative Biology.” By Melanie Grayce West. Wall Street Journal. July 7, 2014.

Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer: A Billionaire Mathematician’s Life of Ferocious Curiosity.” By William J. Broad. New York Times. July 8, 2014.

Donor of the Day: A Change for Kids Fundraiser at SoulCycle Bridgehampton; Louise Phillips Forbes Has Raised More Than $400,000 to Help Underserved Schools.” By Melanie Grayce West. Wall Street Journal. July 10, 2014.

Donor of the Day: YMCA of Greater New York Gets $1.5 Million Gift From John W. Rowe; The Donation Brings Mr. Rowe’s Total Contributions to $2.5 Million.” By Melanie Grayce West. Wall Street Journal. July 11, 2014.

Feed A Child Apologizes For Allegedly Racist Ad.” By Emily Tess Katz. Huffington Post. July 12, 2014.

Consumer Alert: Research can ease valid fears about donation to charity.” By Mitch Lipka. Boston Globe. July 13, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

July 14th, 2014


Pastor Led Son’s Gay Wedding, Revealing Fault Line in Church.” By Michael Paulson. New York Times. July 13, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

July 14th, 2014


With a ‘Charitable Veneer,’ Littering the Streets With Collection Bins.” By David Gonzalez. New York Times. July 7, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

July 14th, 2014


L.A. pushes back in fight over DWP nonprofits; L.A. Controller Ron Galperin says he can’t in “good conscience” write checks to the DWP nonprofits without an accounting of past spending.” By Jack Dolan. Los Angeles Times. July 10, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

July 14th, 2014


Monks start brewing beer to keep abbey open.” CNN. July 10, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 30-July 6, 2014)

July 7th, 2014

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