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France May Ease Century-Old Ban on Sunday Shopping

(Newser) - France's Senate next week is expected to overturn a century-old law prohibiting most businesses in the country from opening on Sundays, CNN reports. The 1906 measure was intended to ensure a day of rest for the populace, and parties on the left and the right have been vocal in their... More »

Media May Need Rahm-to-English Dictionary

Incoming White House chief of staff Emanuel leaves trail of mangling idiom

(Newser) - Now that Rahm Emanuel is back in the spotlight, political junkies can look forward to more of his malapropisms, Politico reports. Emanuel is affectionately remembered from his first White House stint as an inveterate phrase-mangler. When the President-elect’s chief of staff appeared on Face the Nation on Sunday, he... More »

Mourning Russert, We Mourn an Era

Mainstream political media being diluted by anonymous bloggers

(Newser) - For those who still see politics as important and noble, Tim Russert was like a high priest presiding over a Sunday morning mass that drove the week's news cycle, writes David Carr in the New York Times. But as much as Russert was a key Beltway player, that mass was... More »

Eat Cake? Let Them Shop on Sundays

Sarkozy takes steps to scrap law keeping stores closed

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy wants to ax a 1906 law that shutters most retail outlets on Sundays, Bloomberg reports. The move would modernize the country, the maverick president says, energizing an economy that has dragged behind that of other EU countries. "Previous governments, left and right, always dodged the issue,"... More »

Pope Blasts Wasted Weekends

Sundays are time to reflect on dangers posed by humanity, he says

(Newser) - Pope Benedict has urged Catholics to  keep Sunday special amid the  "mad rush" of the modern world. He encouraged people to set the day aside for reflection on faith and the dangers humans pose to the world, including destruction of "God's creation," an apparent reference to environmental... More »

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