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The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

THE NEW YORK TIMES: A Decade Of Progress On AIDS (OPINION)
I’ll tell you the worst part about it, for me. It was the look in their eyes when the nurses gave them the diagnosis — H.I.V.-positive — then said there was no treatment. I saw no anger in their expression. No protest. If anything, just a sort of acquiescence.
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NPR: States Fail In Fight Against Sex Trafficking
Too many states still inadvertently provide safe havens when it comes to sex trafficking — even when children on the streets bear the consequences. That's the conclusion of a new report released Thursday by the advocacy group Shared Hope International.
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THE WASHINGTON POST (ON FAITH)/RNS: Newt Gingrich, The Savior Of The Religious Right?
And so it has come to this. Newt Gingrich, the career politician and millionaire “consultant” for the health care and mortgage industries, a twice-divorced and thrice-married convert to Catholicism, may be the last great hope of the religious right.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Egypt’s Christians Prepare For New Political Climate
A young woman with a kerchief on her head lit a candle and prayed Sunday beneath a mosaic of Mary and Jesus at a packed Mass at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church. Then she picked up a leaflet next to the candle rack from an organization called Shahid, or Witness. It listed emergency phone numbers, e-mail addresses, Facebook and Twitter information should trouble arise at voting stations during parliamentary elections this week.
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NPR: Occupy Protesters Consider Political Future
Occupy Wall Street protesters have been removed by police from public spaces in Los Angeles and Philadelphia this week. Some cities still have active 24-hour protests in place, though earlier this month the original Occupy encampment — on Wall Street — was also shut down.
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THE WASHINGTON POST: Report: How Much High-Poverty Schools Get Cheated On Funding
A new U.S. Education Department report shows that more than 40 percent of schools across the country that serve mostly students from low-income families are being shortchanged when it comes to state and local funding.
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CNN: Evangelist Billy Graham Hospitalized For Evaluation, Lung Treatment
Evangelist Billy Graham has been admitted to a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, for "evaluation and treatment of his lungs," the hospital said Wednesday.
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