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Afternoon News Bytes: April 5, 2012

THE CHRISTIAN POST: Poll: Evangelicals May Double Their Support For Obama In 2012 Election
In the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama could double the amount of support he got from evangelicals in the 2008 election, according to Barna Group, a Christian polling organization.
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THE WASHINGTON POST: A Kinder Mix Of Religion And Politics During Holy Week (OPINION)
The Easter season is a celebration of deliverance and the liturgical calendar sets Easter Week up as a kind of catharsis.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Teen Pregnancy More Prevalent In States With High Income Inequality: Study
While plenty of research confirms that living in poverty increases the chances of teen pregnancy, new information suggests that when low-income teenagers live in places with high income inequality the risk of pregnancy is even higher.
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MOTHER JONES: Stopping Climate Change Is Much Cheaper Than You Think
You've heard it before: politicians say they'd love to take action against climate change, but they're reeling from the sticker shock. Today, a new report from the UK's leading climate change watchdog refutes the oft-cited argument that climate action will herald economic Armageddon.
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THE HILL: On The Stump, Dems Split With Obama Over Keystone XL Pipeline
President Obama has steered clear of taking a firm stance on the Keystone pipeline, but many Democrats running for Senate don’t have the same luxury.
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NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE: Biologist E.O. Wilson On Why Humans, Like Ants, Need A Tribe
Have you ever wondered why, in the ongoing presidential campaign, we so strongly hear the pipes calling us to arms? Why the religious among us bristle at any challenge to the creation story they believe? Or even why team sports evoke such intense loyalty, joy, and despair?
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BBC: Somalia Theatre Bombing Kills Top Sports Officials
The head of Somalia's Olympic committee and its football chief are among eight people killed in a bomb attack on a high-profile event in Mogadishu.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: U.S. Moves Toward Normalizing Relations With Myanmar
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its most significant moves yet to open relations with Myanmar, lifting the travel ban on its senior leaders and easing some sanctions that have starved the country of most American investments for more than two decades.
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THE WASHINGTON POST/ The ASSOCIATED PRESS: After New Orleans Cops Sentenced In Bridge Shooting, Focus Shifts To Police Department Reforms
The Justice Department’s push to clean up New Orleans’ troubled police department reached a milestone as a federal judge sentenced five former officers to prison terms of up to 65 years for their roles in the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Connecticut Poised To Abolish Death Penalty After Senate Vote
After a marathon session of debate, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill early on Thursday morning abolishing the death penalty, making the state all but certain to end capital punishment within weeks. Connecticut would be the 17th state to repeal the death penalty and the first since Illinois ended the practice in August 2011.
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CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS: A Look At How Different Countries Are Getting People Back To Work
Economies around the world will need to create well more than 600 million new jobs over the next decade if they are going to stem unemployment and provide work for new entrants into the global labor market.
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THE WASHINGTON POST: Student Loan Debt: Can These Innovations Save America’s Workforce?
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the roughly $870 billion student loan market is broken in the same way that the mortgage lending market was broken.
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