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The High Cost of Anti-Immigrant Laws
This past summer, the Econo Lodge off Interstate 75 in Tifton, Georgia, where we and other watermelon harvesters from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) have stayed on and off since 1997, was eerily quiet. Gone were the sweat-soaked shoes piled outside motel rooms, and gone were the workers hanging out during their evening downtime, chatting casually or talking to their families on pay-as-you-go cellphones. In their place, a phone card salesman at the hotel's front desk told anyone who would listen that his sales had dropped by at least 50 percent this year.
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Why a candidate's faith matters
Hearing Mitt Romney's surrogate Bill Bennett refer to me as a bigot and Jon Huntsman call me a "moron" last week after my controversial comments on Mormonism, amid calls for civility and tolerance in public discourse, reminds me of the exclamation: "We will not tolerate intolerance!" But beyond the personal insults, I am concerned that these men are attempting to prematurely marginalize religion as a relevant topic in elections.
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ABC News' Jake Tapper's Exclusive Interview With President Obama
The following is a transcript from ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper's exclusive interview with President Obama on the economy and his overall performance for "Nightline" in Jamestown, N.C.

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U.S. Hispanics Choose Churches Outside Catholicism
As their numbers grow, Latinos are not only changing where and how they worship; they're also beginning to affect the larger Christian faith. You can see evidence of that in the Assemblies of God, once a historically white, suburban Pentecostal denomination. When you walk into the denomination's largest church, it's sensory overload: The auditorium is jam-packed with hundreds of Latino worshipers singing in Spanish, swaying and dancing.
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Keystone XL Pipeline: 3 U.S. Congressmen Tour Alberta Oilsands
Three Republican congressmen have toured Alberta's oilsands as part of what is being called a fact-finding mission. Representatives Bob Latta of Ohio, John Shimkus of Illinois and Joe Wilson of South Carolina were accompanied by Cal Dallas, Alberta's minister of intergovernmental affairs.
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Who Supports The Death Penalty Most Strongly?
The most obvious thing here is white Americans have been and remain much more likely to support the death penalty than black Americans. Indeed, the gap between white and black support for the death penalty appears to have widened significantly since about 1970.
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Investors Worth $20 Trillion Call For Urgent Action on Climate
Delaying action climate change would be economically and environmentally disastrous, adding hundreds of billions of dollars in new costs per year. But taking aggressive steps to solve the problem could be one of the greatest wealth opportunities ever presented.
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God's Economy
I grew up in the Black Church, where the milkman and the accountant sat together on Sunday. Singing spirituals and hearing scripture rooted us in God's vision to end discrimination, share resources and promote peace. It was the vision that gave my parents and their parents hope; it inspired their struggle for civil rights. They taught their children how to be leaders on Wednesday, marched for racial justice on Saturday, and gave what they had of their time and their finances to make the church run.
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