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Afternoon News Bytes: Feb.15, 2012

RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE/USA TODAY: You've Heard Of Evangelicals, But Who Are They?
Evangelicals have been in the news a lot lately, from the Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow and his take-a-knee prayers to the Texas pastor and his wife who spent 24 hours in bed preaching the virtues of sex in Christian marriages.
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SLATE: Radical Solutions To Economic Inequality
A century ago, in one of his last acts of office, President William Howard Taft attempted to solve the problem of inequality in America. In August 1912, on the cusp of a brutal third-place finish in the presidential election, he created a Commission on Industrial Relations to investigate “the general condition of labor in the principal industries.”
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Playing Fair In Love And Climate Change
As climate change has a disproportionate impact on the world's poor, one faith-based group, Interfaith Power & Light chose Valentine's Day weekend to highlight our moral mandate to protect the Earth and love our neighbor as ourselves. A coalition of 14,000 congregations from diverse religious traditions, Interfaith Power & Light hosted a National Preach-In on Global Warming, February 10-12.
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SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS: Jeremy Lin Says Faith In God Triggered 'Lin-Sanity'
When you see Jeremy Lin smiling on the court, tongue wagging, it's not just because his New York Knicks have won five in a row. It's not just because the Bay Area kid has become an out-of-nowhere national sensation, putting up big numbers night after night.
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ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE: 800,000 Americans Tell Senate: Stop The Keystone XL Pipeline
Over the last 24 hours, environmental and progressive groups flooded the Senate with more than 800,000 messages opposing TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
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MOTHER JONES: 5 Things You Might Have Missed In Obama's Proposed 2013 Budget
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the White House gifted to Congress the president's proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year.
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THE ATLANTIC: 'Plug In Better': A Manifesto
The trick isn't to unplug from our devices -- it's to unplug from the distractions, information overload, and trash that make us unhappy.
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THE ECONOMIST: Render Unto Caesar
THERE was a time when Devon Chang had difficulty reconciling his two chosen faiths: Christianity, which he embraced in 2005 at the age of 19, and the Communist Party of China, which had embraced him a year earlier. Did his submission to an almighty God not mean he must renounce the godless club of Marx and Mao?
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Are You A Real Christian?
Are you are Christian? No, I mean a real Christian. Can you tell me which is the 34th book of the Old Testament? Are you able to recite the full text of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed? Do you assent to all of the 39 articles? If the answer in any of these instances is no, I regret to inform you that you are clearly not the real deal and should stop pretending otherwise.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS/THE BOSTON GLOBE: Hundreds Rally Against Alabama Immigration Law
Hundreds packed the Alabama Statehouse courtyard on Tuesday to rally against the state's tough immigration law, with organizers saying they chose to send a message on Valentine's Day that lawmakers need to love and respect immigrants.
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