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The Obama Budget's Promise and Peril

I've been asked for a few words about how the recession may affect poverty in the United States, and also about policy issues related to poverty that have emerged from the economic recovery legislation and from the budget debate on Capitol Hill.
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Calling a Nation to its Best Values and Priorities

Some might say that this is the worst possible time to have a Mobilization to End Poverty. An elder of a church I served once told me, "You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their checkbook register
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Persistent Efforts to Counter a Persistent Nuclear Threat

A generation has now come of age now for which "Fall Out Shelter" signs are nothing but rusty remnants of a time long past.
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Compassionate Conservatives Looking to Rebrand and Expand Their Mission

I've been asked to comment on churches that are more conservative, predominantly evangelical, and how they are coalescing around poverty reduction.
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A Vision for the Foreign Aid Budget

I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget.
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Support Wearing Thin

In a stunning turnabout, some of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's firmest allies distanced themselves from his hard-line tactics when the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to postpone accepting $1.6 m
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A Higher Authority for Sudan's President

Sudanese President al-Bashir's recent v
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What Keeps Us From Living MLK's Dream?

Last year Naomi Tutu and I met on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to keep vigil on the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friends joined us from around the country. We asked the visitors gathered there: "What keeps us from living the Dream?" Most folks spoke of fear. Some spoke of ignorance.
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The Day MLK Died

The new Life.com features a collection of never-before-published photos of the events in the hours immediately following Martin Lut
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