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Congress: Ya gotta have faith

Los Angeles Times: "House Republicans will return to Washington next month continuing their efforts 'at full throttle' to check the Obama administration on several fronts, a GOP leader indicated Wednesday. As most lawmakers spend the month in their districts with few popular legislative accomplishments to cite, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is instead touting aggressive oversight efforts that he says is a fulfillment of a Republican promise to voters in 2010 to pursue 'a reform agenda aimed at changing the culture in Washington.'"

New York Times: "Catholic bishops and priests from major dioceses across the country will preach a coordinated message next month backing changes in immigration policy, with some using Sunday Masses on Sept. 8 to urge Congressional passage of a legislative overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants. The decision to embrace political action from the pulpit is part of a broader effort by the Roman Catholic Church and other faith groups that support President Obama’s call for new immigration laws. It includes advertising and phone calls directed at 60 Catholic Republican lawmakers and 'prayerful marches' in Congressional districts where the issue has become a divisive topic."

National Journal: "Rep. Chris Van Hollen has a proposal he says can assuage both the tea party's concerns over IRS overreach and progressives' fretting over the flood of anonymous campaign cash unleashed by the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling. His plan: Sue the IRS. The Maryland Democrat announced Wednesday that he is suing the agency, as well as the Treasury Department, to demand a change in the way they evaluate nonprofits that proclaim themselves to be 'social-welfare' organizations."