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The Morning News: Thursday November 17, 2011

HUFFIINGTON POST: As Injured Vets Return Home, Churches Reach Out
Some wounds of war are all too visible -- a missing leg, a shattered arm. The invisible wounds of mind and soul are often more difficult to spot, and equally hard to treat. But those who know where to look can help them heal, and it's a message that is hitting home for U.S. congregations as more than 1.35 million veterans adjust to civilian life after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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MOTHER JONES: Occupy Wall Street Gears Up For The Big Day
At 7 a.m. tomorrow Occupy Wall Street will attempt to live up to its name. Hundreds of activists will converge upon the Street's most famous address—the New York Stock Exchange—in a coordinated attempt to shut it down. The blockade will be the first protest in a long day of carefully-planned demonstrations to mark what would have been the two-month anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park.

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REUTERS: Faith Overtones In Occupy Protests But Leaders Wary
Religions condemn greed. The "Occupy Wall Street" protests around the world condemn greed. So theoretically, religious leaders should find common ground with the rallies denouncing the inequalities of capitalism.

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SALON: How The First Amendment Got Hijacked (OPINION)
A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum. According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances and evicted.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Religious Groups Offer Help To Evicted Protesters
A loose coalition of religious leaders from around the city, calling themselves Occupy Faith, are trying to assist the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who are now barred from sleeping overnight at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan.

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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Protest 101: What Happens When A Seminary Is Occupied? (OPINION)
Protests on a massive scale are scheduled to occur across New York City today, as Nov. 17 marks the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. With Tuesday morning's surprise eviction of protesters from Zuccotti Park, plans are now underway for demonstrations to relocate to City Hall, and even into the subway system (details are at How these boisterous crowds behave, and how police respond, will do much to determine the future of this popular uprising. The stakes are high.

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CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS: Religious Voices Loud And Clear At Keystone XL Protests
A small tinfoil dove on a wooden pole waved above the orange safety jackets, snappy signs, and a mock pipeline carried by thousands of demonstrators encircling the White House on November 6. Meanwhile, a group of protesters in yellow shirts emblazoned with ‘”Standing on the Side of Love” gathered around as clusters of youth chanted, “Hey Obama, listen to the Dalai Lama” and “No XL pipeline, I’m gonna let it shine.”

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THE CHRISTIAN POST: Iowa Scientists Ask Candidates To Acknowledge Climate Change
A group of 31 scientists from universities across Iowa wrote an open letter to political candidates asking them to acknowledge the scientific evidence for human-caused climate change.

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TIME: Below The Line: Portraits Of American Poverty
In 2010, more Americans lived below the poverty line than at any time since 1959, when the U.S. Census Bureau began collecting this data. Last January, TIME commissioned photographer Joakim Eskildsen to capture the growing crisis, which now affects nearly 46.2 million Americans. Traveling to New York, California, Louisiana, South Dakota and Georgia over seven months, Eskildsen’s photographs of the many types of people who face poverty appear in the new issue of TIME.

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Jack Palmer is a communications assistant at Sojourners. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackPalmer88.

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