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Afternoon News Bytes: March 14, 2012

THE WASHINGTON POST: Mississippi, Alabama Primaries: Evangelicals, Evangelicals Everywhere
Approximately eight in 10 voters in today’s Alabama and Mississippi presidential primaries identify themselves as evangelical Christians, according to preliminary exit polls, the highest percentage of evangelicals in any early voting state to date.
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MOTHER JONES: The Middle Class Really Is In A Three-Decade Slump
Did middle-class incomes really decouple from overall economic growth in the mid-'70s? If you look at median family income vs. GDP per capita, the answer is yes. From 1950 through 1975, both grew at about the same rate. After that, median family income grew quite a bit more slowly than GDP per capita.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Linking Extreme Poverty And Global Terrorism (OPINION)
These days, I spend most of my time hiking the rolling hills and valleys of Kuria, a remote district in rural Kenya. I’m on a very different career path now than I was before, as a Marine patrolling streets and alleys in Iraq.
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SALON: Syria’s Devastated Economy
After a 20 percent pay raise took his monthly salary to about $500 at a state-run company here, Abu Bassam was doing better than your average Syrian employee. Then began the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
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BBC: Sudan And South Sudan Leaders Agree Basic Freedoms
Sudan and South Sudan have agreed a framework agreement to give their citizens basic freedoms in both nations, African Union mediators say.
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THE WASHINGTON POST (ON FAITH): In SXSW ‘Homeless Hotspots,’ Have We Lost Our Humanity?
So many homeless, and such a need in today’s society for fast Internet access--put them together and what have you got? What you’ve got is a dangerously new low in degrading the human being down to the level of a listening post.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Rising Sea Levels Seen As Threat To Coastal U.S.
About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research.
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THINK PROGRESS: Rooftop Revolution: How To Get Solar To 100 Million Americans
Nearly 100 million Americans could install over 60,000 megawatts of solar at less than grid prices – without subsidies – by 2021. That’s from a new report by John Farrell at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance called “Rooftop Revolution: Changing Everything with Cost-Effective Local Solar.”
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THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: Obama, Cameron Affirm Commitment To Afghan Mission
Seeking strength and persuasion in numbers, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron together laid out a case for continuing their policy in Afghanistan, an increasingly unstable warfront with fading support in both countries.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Iran Nuclear Talks: Country Welcomes Negotiations With Six World Powers, Iranian Media Reports
Iran welcomed on Wednesday a new round of nuclear negotiations with six world powers, saying the two sides should set "the date and venue" of the talks, Iranian media reported.
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