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Campaign politics have always been about evading difficult questions and buying time. But President Obama’s refusal to take a firm position on gay marriage is particularly troublesome to many. (Update: Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage Wednesday.)

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Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature performed a biological miracle Thursday when they decided that pregnancy begins at menstruation -- not the moment of conception -- in a pack of adjustments to abortion regulations that will ban most of the procedures 20 weeks after the start of a woman's last period.

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Newt Gingrich might drag us into a war with Iran on the side of Israel. Rick Perry seems to envision the United States as a conservative Christian theocracy. No pledge is too extreme in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.No pledge is too extreme in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, DC, has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year (more).

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