The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 | Sojourners

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011


World AIDS Day on December 1 was marked with an inspiring flood of articles, reports, demonstrations, speeches, services, and much more. The overall tone was worried optimism.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Obama Administration To Consider Gay Rights When Allocating Foreign Aid: Source
The Obama administration is announcing a wide-ranging effort to use U.S. foreign aid to promote rights for gays and lesbians abroad, including combating attempts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality.
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MOTHER JONES: Coming Soon To The Southwest: The Age Of Thirst
Consider it a taste of the future: The fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles.
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DAILY KOS: Polls: Iowa Republicans Side With Newt Gingrich Over Mitt Romney On Immigration
Remember how Republican pundits declared that Newt Gingrich had inflicted major damage to his campaign because he dared to embrace what both Michele Bachmann and Romney described as "amnesty" during CNN's November 22 Republican primary debate?
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THE GUARDIAN (US): Occupy Wall Street Protesters To Occupy Foreclosed Homes
Thousands of Occupy protesters across the US will occupy foreclosed homes today, in what organisers are describing as a "new frontier" for the movement.
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THE ATLANTIC: The Amazing Rise Of Anna Hazare, India's Gandhi-Like Protest Leader
A year-long battle in India over sweeping anti-corruption legislation, supported by some of the largest protests there in years, is headed toward its third and perhaps decisive round. Unless top lawmakers can strike an unlikely last-minute deal, we will again see tens of thousands of demonstrators flood the streets, again Indians across the world's second most populous country will be glued to the 24/7 media coverage -- and again, in the center of it all, Anna Hazare: a 74-year-old community organizer from a tiny western village who is threatening to starve himself to death if the government fails to enact the anti-corruption reforms he seeks.
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THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: Arnold Schwarzenegger Urges Candidates To Champion Green Energy
Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday urged Republicans running for president to do more to encourage investment in renewable energy, and pledged to be a "cheerleader" for the issue.
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FORBES: The Bomb Buried In Obamacare Explodes Today-Hallelujah!
Indeed, it is this aspect of the law that represents the true ‘death panel’ found in Obamacare—but not one that is going to lead to the death of American consumers. Rather, the medical loss ratio will, ultimately, lead to the death of large parts of the private, for-profit health insurance industry.
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