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The Afternoon News: Monday Nov. 21, 2011

THE KANSAS CITY STAR: In 'God's Country': Voting Wallets Over Religion
Nearly 60 percent of those who will vote in this state's first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary are expected to be evangelicals.

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THE DAILY BEAST: Why Evangelicals Forgive (Republican) Sex Scandals
To anyone outside the evangelical conservative bubble—and probably even a few inside it—this was a jarring contradiction. How could the forum’s self-described “pro-family” organizers, who grilled the candidates on exactly how they plan to dismantle abortion and gay marriage, have so little interest in these unsettling episodes in their candidates’ backgrounds?

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CNN BELIEF BLOG: The Gospel According To Herman Cain
In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Herman Cain is not seen as a candidate who wears his faith on his sleeve. Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, Rick Santorum’s Catholicism and Michele Bachmann’s evangelical Christianity have all garnered much more attention than Cain’s Baptist-flavored beliefs.

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CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE: Pope Asks African Catholics To Be 'Apostles Of Reconciliation'
In a wide-ranging document on the church's future in Africa, Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholics to become "apostles of reconciliation, justice and peace" across the troubled continent.

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MOTHER JONES: Super Screwed
If the congressional supercommittee fails this week to agree on a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit by $1.2 trillion or so over the next decade, it won’t be for lack of advice from Washington players and policy wonks.

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FOX NEWS: Congress May Try Blocking Cuts If Debt Panel Fails
Congress is facing automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion over 10 years if a 12-member Super Committee can't agree to a package of expanded tax revenues and spending cuts, but lawmakers are looking for a way around the "sequestration" and avoid any painful reductions to their favored programs.

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THE ATLANTIC: Too Much Violence And Pepper Spray At The OWS Protests: The Videos And Pictures
Police dressed in riot gear at U.C. Davis on Friday afternoon used pepper spray to clear seated protesters from the university quad where they had set up a small Occupy encampment, pro-actively and repeatedly dousing the passively-resisting students with a chemical agent designed to cause pain and suffering in order to make it easier to remove them.

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


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