Afternoon News Bytes: April 2, 2012

By the Web Editors 04-02-2012

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Syria Dismisses Notions Of Foreign Intervention
On Monday, Syrian authorities dismissed the gathering, news reports said, with the official Al Baath newspaper declaring: “Despite all the hype, the conference of the ’Enemies of Syria’ produced only meager results, showing it was unable to shake Syrians’ rejection of foreign intervention.”
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NEWSWEEK: Christianity In Crisis
Christianity has been destroyed by politics, priests, and get-rich evangelists. Ignore them, writes Andrew Sullivan, and embrace Him.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Apple’s Chief Puts Stamp On Labor Issues
A day after Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, toured a Chinese factory where the company’s products are made, an audit commissioned by Apple criticized the long hours and dangerous working conditions at plants run by Foxconn, the operator of the factory Mr. Cook visited last week.
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NPR: Christian Is Not Synonymous With Conservative
Who are "the Christians"? This beguilingly simple question was provoked by a Morning Edition report in which host David Greene referred to an anti-abortion movie, "October Baby", as a "Christian film." Many Christians objected. They didn't identify with the movie or its message.
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LOS ANGELES TIMES: Obama Proposes New Rule For Immigrant Families
Illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of citizens could stay in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. The goal is to reduce a family's time apart.
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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: How About Some World Governance Goals?
In response to the demand for freedom and democratic governance that swept through the Arab world in 2011, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has committed the United Nations to helping the transitional democracies build on the gains of the past year.
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MOTHER JONES: How A Grassroots Rebellion Won The Nation's Biggest Climate Victory
Activists have imposed a de-facto moratorium on new coal—and beat the Obama EPA to the punch.
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SALON/THE BROWSER: Is Capitalism Worth Saving?
Robert Reich talks about how to overcome the moral crisis of our economy and restore America's democracy.
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THE HILL: Dem Lawmaker Implies GOP Budget Violates Biblical Teachings
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) last week implied that the House Republican budget resolution goes against many of the teachings found in the Bible, and said Republicans need to explain how they can justify their budget based on these discrepancies.
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SLATE: When Corporations Abandoned The 99%
Over the last 30 years, companies have shifted their loyalties from employees to shareholders.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: 'The Island President': Mohamed Nasheed, Former Maldives Leader, Battles Climate Change
Maldives is going underwater. Literally. Due to rising sea levels, studies suggest that the country, a chain of nearly 1,200 islands, could be uninhabitable by 2100. What's the leader of the lowest lying country on Earth to do?
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