In the New York Times, an op-ed gives the worst possible analogy in support of student debt cancellation, comparing the student debt situation to the subprime mortgage collapse of 2008. Yes, that was a mistake by bail out the banks, not the borrowers at the time, but all Americans had an interest in seeing the financial system not collapse. What interest do all Americans have in bailing out former students whose college degrees make them likely to earn more than non-graduates whose taxes will foot the bill? The myopia of the left on this issue is simply astounding.

Politico examines the Inspector General’s damning report on the US decision to end its military intervention in Afghanistan, rightly blaming the Trump and Biden administrations. The question hovering over the report is whether or not there was a way to withdraw from Afghanistan without the collapse of the Afghan security forces? This question is not meant to excuse mistakes that have been made, but it should be asked and answered.

In this video, Fr. Daniel Nolan of the Priestly Brotherhood of St. Peter is seen delivering a sermon that doctored Kremlin disinformation as he called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “globalist.” (Should we tell him that the word “Catholic” has a meaning?) He complains about the 2014 revolution which overthrew a Russian puppet regime in kyiv because this revolution received the support of George Soros: “It’s not is not a conspiracy theory!” he assures us. There is no moral reason to repeat Vladimir Putin’s disinformation, especially from the pulpit. Why does this priest have the ability to preach?

Writing in The Washington Post, former Catholic University of America law professor Robert Destro admits he met two election deniers while he was assistant secretary of state in the Trump administration. The meeting took place on January 6, 2021*, the same day a mob stormed the Capitol on the other side of Washington. Assuming none of the three had a role in the attack on the Capitol, didn’t we yet know enough about the utter falsity of Donald Trump’s election claims to cause a State Department official to ask the question: what good could come from such a meeting?

From Architecture Daily, an overview of some fairly new parliamentary buildings around the world or extensions to parliamentary buildings. The Valletta City Gate in Malta is particularly beautiful, and the Members’ Annex of the Victoria Parliament Building in Melbourne makes exceptional use of a small downtown location. All are beautiful in their own way.

*This date has been corrected from an earlier typo.