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The World’ s Muslims: Unity and Diversity – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are united in their belief in God and the Prophet Muhammad and are bound together by such religious practices as fasting during the holy month of Ramadan and almsgiving to assist people in need. But they have widely differing views about many other aspects of their faith, including how important religion is to their lives, who counts as a Muslim and what practices are acceptable in Islam, according to a worldwide survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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The Man Behind Gingrich’s Money – NYTimes.com

The trip to Jordan by a group of United States congressmen was supposed to be a chance for them to meet the newly crowned King Abdullah II. But their tour guide had a more …

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Springtime for Toxics – NYTimes.com

Here’s what I wanted for Christmas: something that would make us both healthier and richer. And since I was just making a wish, why not ask that Americans get

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Congress Delays Political Struggle – NYTimes.com

When Congress handily passed a bill to set payroll tax rates, jobless benefits and Medicare doctors’ fees for the next two months, it seemed to end an epic …

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House Republicans Reject Payroll Tax Cut Deal – NYTimes.com

After defiantly rejecting a Senate compromise to extend a payroll tax break and jobless pay, Speaker John A. Boehner stood before the television cameras on Tuesday enveloped by scores of House Republicans. Even as a group, they seemed very much alone.

By turning down a bill that was overwhelmingly supported by both parties in the Senate as well …

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Lawmakers Trade Blame as Congressional Deficit Talks Crumble – NYTimes.com

With the hours ticking away toward a self-imposed deadline, Congressional leaders conceded Sunday that talks on a sweeping deficit agreement were near failure and braced for

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Republican Financial Plans – NYTimes.com

Our topic for today is: Where do the Republican candidates for president get their money?

The personal finances of the G.O.P. presidential hopefuls are important for two reasons. One is that we’re talking about …

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