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CNN: Protesters Encircle White House Grounds, Demanding Halt To Huge Pipeline Project

Thousands of protesters held hands and encircled the White House grounds on Sunday, demanding President Barack Obama reject a proposed oil pipeline that would stretch between Canada and Texas. "Stop the pipeline, yes we can!" the environmental activists chanted about the 1,700-mile Keystone XL project.

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CHRISTIANITY TODAY: Democrats Receive Blowback Over Outreach To Religious Voters

President Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are receiving some criticism over the new head of their religious outreach. In October, the DNC announced Derrick Harkins, senior pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., would lead the 2012 effort. Harkins actively promotes progressive policies, and he also serves on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals, World Relief, and Faith in Public Life.

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USA TODAY (FAITH & REASON): Catholic Bishops' Lesson For Penn State: Call The Cops!

A trusted adult, respected by the community, offers special programs for vulnerable boys -- then sexually abuses them. Word travels up to higher authorities but no one calls the police. They handle it within...

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ASSOCIATED PRESS/MIAMI HERALD: Republican Candidates On The Issues

Here's where the 2012 Republican presidential candidates stand on a selection of issues.

They are Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. John Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

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CNN BELIEF BLOG: Rick Perry's Long Faith Journey Culminates In Presidential Run

Rick Perry's new church is not like his old church. At his new church, several hundred worshippers showed up in jeans on a recent Sunday to listen to high-decibel Christian rock from plush stadium-style seats. The crowd, mostly under the age of 40, raised their hands to Jesus in between sips of freshly brewed coffee from the java hut in the lobby.

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THE HERALD NEWS: The Politics Of The Heavenly And Unheavenly (by E.J. Dionne)

We have embarked on yet another presidential campaign in which religion will play an important role without any agreement over what the ground rules for that engagement should be.

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THE WASHINGTON POST: How Alabama's Immigration Law Is Crippling Its Farms

Farmers in Alabama are in revolt against the state's over-the-top immigration law, which is designed to hound illegal immigrants so that they move elsewhere. As it happens, a substantial portion of farm workers there, as in other states, are undocumented. In the farmers' view, the law is depriving them of steady, experienced labor - and threatening to deal a lethal blow to crops throughout the state.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS/ABC NEWS: Immigration A Focus Of Arizona Recall Election

The architect of the groundbreaking Arizona immigration law that thrust the issue into the national political debate faces a recall election Tuesday likely to be viewed as a referendum on the state's hardline immigration policies.

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SALON: Occupational Hazard: Living With The Homeless

Tevin Bell is 18 but looks twice his age. Kicked out of his grandmother's home last year after getting into a fight with his younger sister, Bell has been living on the streets of Detroit, "going from shelter to shelter." On a brisk October afternoon he is relaxing in a folding chair, snug under a heavy jacket, watching flames lick the lip of a rusted barrel stuffed with burning scrap wood.

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Jack Palmer is a communications assistant at Sojourners.

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