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Anniversary of St. John Paul II's encyclical draws Bernie Sanders to the Vatican

At the invitation of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Senator Bernie Sanders will participate in a conference in Vatican City on 15 April 2016. Organized to mark the 25th anniversary of an encyclical by Pope John Paul II - since canonized as Saint John Paul II - which criticized excesses of unfettered capitalism . Expressing both profound respect and great admiration for current Pope Francis' outspoken evangelism in that regard, presidential-hopeful Sanders will leave the campaign in New York State to attend.

Peggy Noonan: Bernie Sanders' appeal signals a major Democratic Party shift

Peggy Noonan rose to prominence as an influential speech writer for "The Great Communicator," President Ronald Reagan, in the 1980s. So it is especially interesting that she should be the one to tell readers of her column in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Bernie Sanders' challenge is real. Headlined "Socialism Gets a Second Life," she identifies the crash of '08 and income inequality as two dramatic themes propelling the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist's rise. Take-away lines include, "Socialism is an old idea to you if you’re over 50 but a nice new idea if you’re 25.

No eleventh hour E.U.-U.S. agreement on Safe Harbor data transfer standards

Despite last minute negotiations, E.U.-U.S. talks to agree upon Safe Harbor data transfer standards appear up in the air as to whether or not they will come to terms before European national regulators act on Wednesday. Under discussion are huge data flows as important to blue-chip corporations such as GE as well as to new names such as facebook and Google.

Collective stench of Albany and Trenton takes its toll on Patrick E. Foye

Patrick J. Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is getting the shiv. After acting with great personal and professional integrity as the Bridgegate" scandal unfolded - as soon as he learned about it, the plan forward coming from the governors of New York and New Jersey seems to have no place for such a man.

Kurt Masur dead; led Philharmonic in Brahm's German Requiem post-9/11

Kurt Masur, music director emeritus of the New York Philharmonic, died from complications of Parkinson’s disease yesterday in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was 88 years of age, and is survived by his third wife, Tomoko Sakurai, three sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren.