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Wed., Nov. 27, 2013, 1:27 p.m.

GOP Blasts Obama As Anti-Vatican

Several GOP lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to reconsider its plans to shutter America's Vatican embassy and move it into the larger U.S. Embassy in Italy. The move, which is expected to take place in late 2014 or early 2015, is being touted as a way to save money and better ensure the security of U.S. diplomats, particularly after last year's deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The Vatican isn't opposing the move, but it has raised hackles among some lawmakers and several former U.S. envoys to the Holy See. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), a Catholic, called it a “slap in the face” to America's 78 million Catholics — particularly in the wake of the health law's controversial mandate that employers cover birth control/Julian Pecquet, The Hill. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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