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Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 13, 2012

NPR: Evangelical Leaders Struggle To Crown A Candidate
Rick Santorum was fresh off his surprise showing in the Iowa caucuses and fielding questions on a radio program, when a caller challenged the Republican presidential candidate on his overt religiosity.
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THE DAILY MAIL (UK): George W. Bush Cancels Visit To Swiss Charity Gala Over Fears He Could Be Arrested On Torture Charges
Former U.S. President George W. Bush has cancelled a visit to Switzerland over fears he could have been arrested on torture charges. Mr Bush was due to be the keynote speaker at a Jewish charity gala in Geneva on February 12.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Class Conflict Awareness Rose Significantly From 2009 To 2011: Report
Significantly more Americans see "very strong" or "strong" class conflict between the rich and poor, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. The results show that Americans think that conflicts between the rich and poor are stronger than immigrant and native born, black and white and young and old.
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THE STATE: Evangelicals Taking Second Look At Romney
Four years ago, GOP activist Dee Benedict lobbied hard to persuade South Carolina evangelicals to embrace Mitt Romney as a Republican presidential candidate, even if they were skeptical of his Mormon faith.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: In The Fight Against Poverty, It’s Time for A Revolution (OPINION)
Is it time to rethink our basic assumptions about the way we fight poverty? When Michael Harrington’s landmark book on poverty, “The Other America,” was published in 1962, Harrington startled the nation’s leaders, including President John F. Kennedy, by shining a spotlight on the deep poverty that remained hidden in America.
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TECHNORATI: Iranian Government Delays Pastor's Death Sentence For Apostasy One Year Hoping Media Will Forget
You may have heard of the court case of Youcef Nadarkhani in recent months. If not, he is an Iranian Christian pastor sentenced to death for preaching Christianity and refusing to recant his faith and convert to Islam. His case gained international attention from the reporting of several human rights organizations, Christian organizations and Irani watch groups.
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THE WASHINGTON POST: Tavis Smiley, Of Poverty Tour, Hosts “Reawakening America” With Panelists Cornel West, Suze Orman, Michael Moore
George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium was packed with people, some of whom offered tough love for President Barack Obama as PBS host Tavis Smiley presented a program entitled “Reawakening America: From Poverty to Prosperity.”
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MOTHER JONES: A Pro Snowboarder's Guide To Climate Change
A few years ago, Jeremy Jones was cutting up one of his favorite runs down a glacier in Chamonix, the legendary French ski area high in the Aiguilles Rouges mountains.
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THE ATLANTIC: Okay Progressives, What's Your Alternative To Ron Paul?
Many on the left think civil libertarians err when they elevate him. But they haven't offered any better way to address his issues.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Congressional Chaplains Minister To A Sharply Divided Flock
The Rev. Patrick J. Conroy invited all the members of the House of Representatives and their families to the holiday reception he was hosting last month as the chamber’s chaplain. He put out hot cider, cookies and a not-quite-functional chocolate fountain, and for the benefit of the children he picked up his folk guitar to perform “The House at Pooh Corner.”
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