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MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices

A year ago, News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch claimed that Fox News is not "anti-immigrant," a statement seemingly contradicted by near-daily segments on the network portraying immigrants in a negative light. Now, a Media Matters analysis of Fox News guests from April 2010 to June 2011 has found that of the guests Fox chose to discuss immigration, an overwhelming majority took anti-immigrant positions or held anti-immigrant views. In fact, our data show that anti-immigrant guests outnumbered those with a pro-immigrant point of view by a 3-to-1 margin.

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THE HUFFINGTON POST: How Do We Repair The Souls Of Those Returning From Iraq?

By year's end, 40,000 U.S. troops will return from Iraq and, according to President Obama, "America's war in Iraq will be over." But the long nightmare of the Iraq War will not be over for either side of the conflict. The U. S. will see a new surge of suffering, and it will not be over for generations.

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WASHINGTON POST (ON FAITH BLOG): How Does Christianity Translate Into Public Policy?

Faith claims are not arguable. Either one believes them or one does not. Public policy is and ought to be formed through vigorous public debate. The question for people of faith, including the current president, elected representatives on all levels of government and those seeking office is: how do theological beliefs lead to arguable moral claims?

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WASHINGTON POST: Lobbyists Playing Key Role In 2012 Fundraising

K Street is playing an increasingly central role in the 2012 presidential race, as hundreds of lobbyists representing some of the world's largest corporations and trade groups pour money into Republican coffers.

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DAILY KOS: Occupy Wall Street: Iraq Vet In 'Fair Condition,' Oakland Mayor Promises 'Minimal Police Presence'

Some encouraging news out of Oakland today: First, Scott Olsen's condition has been upgraded to "fair": An Iraq War veteran that was severely injured Tuesday in Oakland, California amid a clash between anti-Wall Street demonstrators and officers, was upgraded this morning to fair condition, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Scott Olsen, 24, a Marine veteran, had been in critical condition Wednesday.

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MSNBC: Cain: I Don't Need To Know The Foreign-Policy Details

Former businessman turned presidential frontrunner Herman Cain continued his attempts to calm voters concerns over his lack of foreign policy experience during a campaign stop here Wednesday night. "Relative to foreign policy, I don't need to know the details of every one of the issues we face. "We've got plenty of experts who can fill in the details," Cain said at dinner held by the Nueces County Republican Women.

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PUBLIC RELIGON RESEARCH INSTITUTE: New Survey: Only 4-In-10 Americans Correctly Identify Romney's Religion As Mormon, Unchanged Since July

Despite continued media attention to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormon religion, only about four-in-ten Americans (42 percent) correctly identify Romney as Mormon, a new survey finds. This level of knowledge remains unchanged from July 2011, even after the controversy surrounding the disparaging remarks about the Mormon faith by a prominent evangelical leader.

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