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Afternoon News Bytes: April 23, 2012

FOX NEWS LATINO: Arizona Immigration Law Is No National Model Says Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio called Arizona’s controversial immigration law an understandable move for the state – which borders Mexico and whose officials said they were frustrated by federal inaction on immigration – but that it is not a model for the nation.
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THE CHRISTIAN POST: Evangelicals 'Coming Around' To Evidence For Global Warming, Professor Says
A professor at an evangelical university in Southern California claims that evangelicals are becoming more convinced of the evidence for man-made global warming ahead of Earth Day this Sunday.
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THE DAILY BEAST: How Nixon Aide Chuck Colson’s Ideas Transformed American Evangelicalism
The former Nixon hack had a brilliant second life as an evangelical intellectual and political activist. His ideas were so powerful, even after their peak, that the Christian right is still unable to escape them.
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THE DENVER POST: Younger Colorado Voters Are United By Faith, But Divided By Politics
For a rising tide of the righteous young, faith is more about doing right than being right, including being politically "Right."
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CBS NEWS: Cornel West And Tavis Smiley: Poverty In America Threatens Democracy
PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley said on "Face the Nation" Sunday that poverty in America "threatens our very democracy," and that it threatens our national security.
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THE GUARDIAN (UK): Make Poverty History 2 To Launch In 2013
Britain's leading aid groups will seek to recreate the high point of the international development movement when they launch a second Make Poverty History campaign to coincide with David Cameron taking the chair of the G8 group of rich nations next year.
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NPR: Poverty In America: Defining The New Poor
Welfare changes in the 1990s helped slash cash benefit rolls, yet the use of food stamps is soaring today. About 15 percent of Americans use food stamps. The program has become what some call the new welfare.
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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Asia’s Rising Inequality A Policy Priority
The sweltering pace of Asia’s growth is engorging its elite much faster than it helps the poor, and the region’s development bank says it is high time governments do something about it.
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THE CHRISTIAN POST: Evangelical Christians Agree, Disagree On Budget Priorities
House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan recently commented that the House Republican Budget for the federal government reflected Catholic principles. While Catholics have been debating the veracity of that claim, the occasion has also provided an opportunity for evangelicals of different political persuasions to debate how they understand biblical principles and the federal budget.
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