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The Morning News: Monday Nov. 14, 2011

CBS NEWS: Cain: God Convinced Me To Run For President

Herman Cain, whose campaign could use some redemption in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, told a crowd of young Republicans on Saturday that God convinced him to run for president and that he "prayed and prayed and prayed" about it.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Whatever Happened To Discipline And Hard Work? (OPINION)

THE Occupy Wall Street movement has raised important questions about the respect paid to wealth in our society. There is a good deal of unfairness in the American economy, and by deliberately targeting the “top 1 percent,” the demonstrators have opened up a dialogue that is quite useful.

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NATIONAL JOURNAL: Bob Jones III Unplugged

Now it's President Obama who is causing Jones great trepidation. "I have a great distrust for him,'' he said. "I think he's moving this country in a socialist direction as fast as he can...His whole background to me is colored with suspicion.'' Asked whether he doubts Obama's identity as a Christian, he added, "I've no reason to think he's a Christian...Anyone can say he's a Christian. Some people will say whatever they think the politically helpful thing would be. I say, 'Where is the evidence that he is a Christian?' ''

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THE WASHINGTON POST: GOP Candidates Hammer Obama On His Iran Policy During South Carolina Debate

Perry and Gingrich said the U.S. foreign aid budget should be reevaluated. In particular, they suggested they would suspend aid to Pakistan because its government has been an unreliable ally.

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CBS NEWS: Huntsman Blasts "Sound-Bite Campaigning"

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman blasted his fellow presidential competitors Sunday for what he called "sound-bite campaigning," arguing that his fellow GOP candidates deliver "easy sound bites" rather than serious policy analyses in order to "get an applause line."

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USA TODAY: Christian Politics Create Unholy Alliances (OPINION)

Once again, a presidential race is becoming a piety contest. As an American and also as an evangelical Christian, I can hardly bear to watch this nightmare unfolding all over again. It's bad for America. It's bad for Christianity. Here is my take on the sorry spectacle of Christian politics — and how to fix it.

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THE ATLANTIC: Would Cracking Down On Illegal Immigration Really Cut Unemployment?

"And here is something else that we have to do that will help the economy. We have to build the fence on America's southern border and get a grip on dealing with our immigration problem." This was one of the responses from Rep. Michelle Bachmann during Wednesday night's Republican Presidential Debate when asked how she would create jobs as quickly as possible.

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THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Poor Are With Us, However You Count Them

If you’re confused about poverty rates, no one can blame you. It seems like for the last year, there have been constant updates on just how badly Americans are doing in the shadow of The Great Recession That Never Ends, followed by reports suggesting that so-called impoverished people are actually doing all right and now revised Census data that say, no, poverty is pretty much higher than it’s ever been.

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Jack Palmer is a communications assistant at Sojourners.

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