Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 20, 2012

By the Web Editors 02-20-2012

THE HUFFINGTON POST: The Surprising Faith Of 8 American Presidents (OPINION)
Presidential religious lives are, for the most part, rather unremarkable--just like the majority of Americans they represent.
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Santorum Questions Obama's 'World View,' Not Faith
A day after telling an Ohio audience that Obama's agenda is based on "some phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible," Santorum said he wasn't criticizing the president's Christianity.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Educating Two Generations (OPINION)
When President Obama released his budget last week, he laid out some ideas to loosen the grip of poverty. I have one to add: two-generation strategies that educate both parents and children at the same time.
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MOTHER JONES: The Inside Story On Climate Scientists Under Siege
It is almost possible to dismiss Michael Mann's account of a vast conspiracy by the fossil fuel industry to harass scientists and befuddle the public. His story of that campaign, and his own journey from naive computer geek to battle-hardened climate ninja, seems overwrought, maybe even paranoid.
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THE ATLANTIC: Obama's 'Radical' Option For America's Nuclear Future
The nuclear glory days of the Cold War are over, so why has our nuclear strategy gone unchanged?
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Pain Without Gain
Last week the European Commission confirmed what everyone suspected: the economies it surveys are shrinking, not growing. It’s not an official recession yet, but the only real question is how deep the downturn will be.
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CNN (BELIEF BLOG): Facing Death, A Top Pastor Rethinks What It Means To Be Christian
Ed Dobson is not afraid of dying. It’s the getting there that really scares him. A former pastor, onetime Christian Right operative and an icon among religious leaders, Dobson has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. When he was diagnosed, doctors game him 3 to 5 years to live.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: The End Of Church (OPINION)
Something startling is happening in American religion: We are witnessing the end of church or, at the very least, the end of conventional church. The United States is fast-becoming a society where Christianity is being reorganized after religion.
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