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The Morning News: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011

NPR: Coptics Fear Islamists Will Sweep Egypt Elections
Many Coptic Christians in Alexandria are eying Egypt's first free parliamentary elections with trepidation. They fear things will only get worse for them if certain candidates win.
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NPR: Why Columbus, Ohio, Needs Somali Cops On Its Force
A young Somali-American blew himself up in Somalia last week. The bomber was one of the dozens of young Somalis from the Minneapolis area who traveled to Somalia to join an al-Qaida affiliated group. In Columbus, Ohio, which has the second- largest Somali community in America, there is concern that young Somalis might also travel to join the terror group. That's one reason Columbus police are stepping up efforts to establish ties with the Somali community.
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RNS/ THE WASHINGTON POST (ON FAITH): Anti-Mormon Bias Persistent In Presidential Politics
On June 27, 1844, vigilantes cornered a man who claimed to receive messages from God and gunned him down in an Illinois jail after his arrest. At the time of his death, Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was an announced candidate for president of the United States.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Rampant Levels Of Poverty In Florida Force Families To Live In Cars
In a country struggling with rampant unemployment and a disastrous foreclosure crisis, it is Florida that is today home to a third of America's homeless families. And a recent segment on CBS's 60 Minutes shows just how devastating that struggle can be for children and parents alike.
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THE SEATTLE TIMES: Religion: A Growing, Changing God Lobby In D.C.
Believe it or not, politicians used to be able to assume that when the U.S. Catholic bishops spoke on an issue, that meant that the nation's Catholics had spoken. That was so mid-20th century.
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ABC NEWS: Poll Numbers Suggest Gingrich’s ‘Humane’ Immigration Stance Could Help Him
Newt Gingrich has shocked the political world in the past month by shooting to the top of the polls only weeks before the first votes are cast in the Republican presidential primary, so maybe it should come as no surprise that he shocked everyone again with his comments on immigration at last week’s debate in Washington, D.C.
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MOTHER JONES: How 2008 Radicalized Me
Now that Bloomberg has peeled another layer off the Federal Reserve onion, we know a bit more about just how much money they spent rescuing the banking system in 2008.
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REAL CLEAR POLITICS/MSNBC: Cornel West: Ultimate Fight For Entitlements Will Be In "The Streets"
"Poor children need more than just a $1,000 for their family, they need a war against poverty to make it a major priority in the way which we have a priority for Afghanistan, and a priority to bail out banks, and a priority to defend corporate interests when it comes to environmental issues," West said about more and new entitlements for the poor.
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