The morning-after: Lots of key elections last night as we start  revving up for the White House race in 2016. Gov. Chris Christie won re-election in New Jersey. And he’s already starting to talk like a presidential candidate.


More bad news: A stack of daily updates by Obamacare contractors shows the October rollout of had more problems than we were first told about. In the first days, half of the calls to the phone center had problems, paper applications could not be processed and up to 40,000 people at a time were sitting in the website’s waiting room. And another thing, the president is subtly shifting the pledge he made to the American people.  Remember when he said, “If you like your plan, keep your plan.” In a lot of cases, you can’t do that anymore. No apologies from the White House.


Questions for the faithful: Pope Francis, never a pontiff afraid to stir the pot, asks bishops worldwide to conduct a survey on gay marriage, birth control and divorce. Call them questions facing modern families. It’s not so much a public opinion poll, but a survey “aimed to solicit information about pastoral practices and public attitudes in different societies,”according to the Catholic News ServiceThe National Catholic Reporter says Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri has asked bishops’ conferences to distribute the poll “immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received.”

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