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The Afternoon News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

THINK PROGRESS: Ron Paul Defends The 99 Percent: ‘It’s A Very Healthy Movement’
Though most Republican presidential candidates make a point of trashing the 99 Percent Movement in an attempt to earn favor among far-right voters, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) had kind words for the popular movement recently.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: SWAT Raids, Stun Guns, And Pepper Spray: Why The Government Is Ramping Up The Use Of Force
America's police departments have been moving toward more aggressive, force-first, militaristic tactics and their accompanying mindset for 30 years. It's just that, with the exception of protests at the occasional free trade or World Bank summit, the tactics haven't generally been used on mostly white, mostly college-educated kids armed with cellphone cameras and a media platform.
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THE HILL: Mccain: GOP Needs To Address Immigration In A 'Humane' Way
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said his home state and others could be "up for grabs" in the 2012 presidential election, due in large part to the growing numbers of Hispanic voters and warned GOP candidates to watch their rhetoric on immigration issues.
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THINK PROGRESS: Gap Between Rich And Poor Widening Across The Developed World, As Bankers And Executives Reap More Income
According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, income inequality — which has sparked the Occupy Wall Street movement in the U.S. — is increasing all across the developed world, led by bankers and executives reaping bigger and bigger income gains.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Challenges At The Cutting Edge Of Fighting Global Poverty
The Millennium Village Project (MVP) was launched in 2005-6 in order to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in the poorest regions of rural Africa. A dozen clusters of villages around Africa have adopted bold and novel strategies to overcome poverty, hunger, and disease. Halfway through the ten-year project, the results are very exciting: agriculture production is up significantly, free basic health care is in place, malaria is coming under control, many more children are in school, and farmers are organizing cooperatives to diversify their crops and raise incomes.
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CNN (BELIEF BLOG): Baby Boomers Heading Back To Seminary
At 51, Vincent Guest could well be the professor at a table filled with 20- and 30-year-olds. He is leading a lunchtime social justice meeting for seminarians at Theological College at Catholic University in Washington.
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SALON: Yawn: Worst Year Ever For Greenhouse Gases
According to the scientists at the Global Carbon Project, in 2010, global emissions of carbon dioxide set a post-Industrial Revolution record.
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