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Afternoon News Bytes: April 11, 2012

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Envoy To Syria Seeks Iranian Help As Cease-Fire Deadline Nears
With the deadline for a cease-fire in Syria less than a day away, Kofi Annan, the high-profile special envoy who devised the timetable for a truce, on Wednesday urged Iran, Syria’s main regional ally, to support the peace effort and cautioned against arming rebel forces, saying that further militarization of the conflict would be “disastrous.”
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CNN: Social Conservatives Don't Rush To Romney After Santorum News
Some leading social conservative groups are praising Rick Santorum following his suspension of his Republican presidential campaign. But their reaction Tuesday didn't mention Mitt Romney, the all-but-certain GOP nominee with Santorum out of the race.
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THE CHRISTIAN POST: Evangelicals React To Santorum's Decision To Suspend Presidential Bid
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum suspended his run for White House on Tuesday, ending what in the last few months proved at times to be hand-to-hand combat with his chief rival, Mitt Romney. Now, key evangelicals are weighing in on his decision and whether Romney can rally social conservatives.
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TIME: Predicting The Latino Vote In 2012
The Latino vote will matter in the 2012 election. So say Republicans and Democrats, and even the cover of TIME magazine. But just how much it will matter is not clear at this point. Too many factors remain fluid. We don’t know how close races in key states will be, what the Latino and non-Latino turnout will be, or how the vote will split between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Is Marriage A Poverty-Buster?
"The Myth of the Disappearing Middle Class" (Washington Post, March 29, 2012) by Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Ron Haskins asserts that the lack of opportunity in 21st century America is largely driven by the failure of individuals to behave responsibly, particularly the failure of parents to marry.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Out Of Africa (And Elsewhere): More Fossil Fuels
THE world’s largest energy companies have big plans for Mozambique. Until recently, the East African country was better known for its long civil war, and had few energy resources compared with regional heavy-hitters like Nigeria and Angola.
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THE ATLANTIC: Erased: Why Tens of Thousands of Haitian Youth Do Not Officially Exist
Ethnic Haitians have played a vital role in the development of the Dominican Republic. Haitians have been the backbone of the sugar industry, working as braceros or cane-cutters, and in recent years they have made invaluable contributions to the construction and service industry. But deep-rooted racism and discrimination towards people of Haitian origin have been a part of society in the Dominican Republic since the late 1920s.
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BBC: Sudan Vows To Retake Heglig Oil Fields From South Sudan
Sudan has vowed to use "all legitimate means" to repulse South Sudan from its largest oil field, a statement on the official Suna news agency says.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Condoleezza Rice: 'I Don't Know When Immigrants Became The Enemy'
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke on a variety of topics in front of a crowd at Duke University Tuesday night, offering a particular criticism of the nation's stance on immigration.
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HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: Whose Capitalism Is It Anyway?
In the few years since the financial crisis of 2008 hit us where it hurts, the calls for the "end of capitalism" have rung out from the streets and halls of power alike. We've witnessed a lot of hand-wringing and high-level conversation, and some serious approach to reform at the national and organizational level.
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POLITICO: Allen West: 80 Communists In The House
Rep. Allen West channeled Joe McCarthy in a town hall event in Florida that he’s “heard” that up to 80 House Democrats are Communist Party members, the Palm Beach Post reports. The Florida Republican, and tea party favorite, was speaking at Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday but didn’t go as far as to say names he’d heard or from whom.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: With Our Future On The Line, The Time To Invest In Kids Is Now (OPINION)
Our nation's economic future is uncertain; we face increasingly aggressive global competition; lagging academic achievement is dragging down economic output; and almost two-thirds of Americans think our nation is on the wrong track.
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