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Why Homelessness Is Becoming An Occupy Wall Street Issue
As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encampment or build a village from the ground up, occupations pose staggering logistical problems. Large numbers of people must be fed and kept reasonably warm and dry. Trash has to be removed; medical care and rudimentary security provided-to which ends a dozen or more committees may toil night and day. But for the individual occupier, one problem often overshadows everything else, including job loss, the destruction of the middle class, and the reign of the one percent. And that single question is: Where am I going to pee?
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U.S. Pulls Out Ambassador From Syria: Diplomats
The United States has pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns after his cultivation of contacts with protesters led to attacks on his embassy and residence by backers of President Bashar al-Assad, diplomats said on Monday.
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Hispanic Alabama Schoolchildren Face Bullying In The Wake Of Anti-Immigrant Law
In a sadly predictable development, Hispanic public school students in Alabama - some of whom are United States citizens - are now facing racially motivated bullying in the wake of the state's unconstitutional attack on undocumented school children
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What would Jesus laugh at? A lot, says Colbert's 'chaplain'
Three priests - a Dominican, a Franciscan and a Jesuit - walk into a bar. According to the Rev. James Martin, it's not only the opening to a good joke, but quite possibly the saving grace of religion.
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Vatican Calls For Economic Equality, Sweeping Reform Of Global Financial System
This isn't the first time faith leaders have spoken out against so-called religious conservatives who have prioritized tax cuts for the wealthy and repealing financial regulations over helping low-income Americans. A group of Catholic bishops signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) - both practicing Catholics - during the debt limit fight, denouncing budget cuts that disproportionately hurt the poor. Other religious leaders made similar calls, with Rev. Jim Wallis telling Republicans, "We did not get into fiscal trouble because of poor people.

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