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The Solution in Afghanistan: Get Out

In as clear a statement as has been made, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep.
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This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011.
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A Letter to Young Egyptian Protesters, From a Veteran U.S. Activist

I hope that somehow, through the vast network we call social media, this gets to you in Tahrir Square, even on this momentous F
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Budget Cuts and Bad Faith

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut $43 billion in domestic spend
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'Dad, What is Rape?'

The Super Bowl was a good football game and the team I liked best won -- the Green Bay Packers. The team is owned by its city, not some narcissistic rich guy, and I like that.
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Why Are the Big Banks Still So Bad?

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau convened their first roundtable of religious leaders at the White House. Why does this matter?
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Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about
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Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now

By all journalistic reports, it was the Egyptian government of President Hosni Mubarak that sent thousands of armed thugs into Tahrir Square and the streets of Cairo yesterday to bring violence to w
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The Big Thug Must Go

I am watching the television as Mubarak's thugs attack peaceful demonstrators in the streets of Cairo. Tahrir Square is now a scene of terrible violence.
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Let's Be Honest About Egypt

It's time to be a little more honest about Egypt. President Hosni Mubarak is a dictator, and has run a brutal and corrupt police state for three decades.
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Changing Bad Behavior at Davos

The contradictions here in Davos are enormous.
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Values at Davos

Yesterday was the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a little mountain village in Switzerland, where each January corporate CEOs, heads of state, and leaders of nonprofit organizations
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After Tucson, the State of the Union

In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation's soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union.
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Remembering Sargent Shriver, Dedicated Public Servant

Yesterday afternoon Sargent Shriver, a man of God and dedicated public servant, passed away at the age of 95.
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What a Tragedy Can Call Us To Do

We needed to be called to transcend politics in our response to the shootings in Arizona, lest the politics of our reactions to this tragedy turn us even further against one another.
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The Work of Healing Starts in Our Hearts

Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends and loved ones call to check on their personal safety.
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Join Us in Signing the Peace and Civility Pledge

The horrible shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others is an important American moment.
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An Attack on the Soul of the Nation

The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the young Congresswoman from Arizona, must speak to the soul of this nation.
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A Message of Gratitude

On New Year's Day I sat and reflected on the past year.
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Christmas in the Trenches

We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging during each passing year, it remains tragically relevant, particularly this year as we think about Afghanistan.
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