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Tea Party May Be Losing Steam, But Issues Still Boil

While the movement loses popularity nationwide, it's still a force in the GOP. When it comes to fiscal cliff negotiations, however, Tea Party members in Congress seem resigned to the fact that any eventual deal will be one they won't like. That doesn't mean the Tea Party spirit can't be recharged.
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Mormon Church Launches Website On 'Same-Sex Attraction'

Mormonsandgays.org has video testimonials from members and church leaders. One elder says that inclinations and feelings aren't sinful, but that yielding to temptations is. The church is seeking to reach out to all of its members, including gays and lesbians, "with love and understanding."
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Boehner Faces Conservative Backlash Over Fiscal Cliff Talks

As House Speaker John Boehner tries to work with President Obama to prevent automatic tax increases and spending cuts, he is taking heat from members of his own party. Some conservatives think he gave up too much, too soon in his opening offer.
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Businesses, Not Consumers, Sour On Economy

Consumers are feeling positive, but the mood among business owners is at recession levels. A third of businesses in a recent survey said they plan to cut back on spending in the next year; 1 in 5 say they'll reduce staff. A big reason is the uncertainty caused by looming federal fiscal decisions.
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In One School, Planning For College Starts With $100

In the Cleveland area, there's a plan to inspire kids to start thinking about college early on by giving them seed money. Officials want to set up kindergarteners with savings accounts. Though the initial $100 deposit isn't likely to cover much, the hope is that it will inspire them to take the idea of going to college seriously.
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Senator DeMint Leaving Congress To Head Think Tank

Senator Jim DeMint on Thursday announced that he will not return to the new Congress, and instead will resign early next month. DeMint will instead lead the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
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To Trim Down, Spelman Trades Sports For Fitness

Officials at Spelman College, a historically black women's college in Atlanta, have decided to scrap the school's NCAA program. With few students participating in organized sports, the college has decided to devote those funds to a fitness program designed to reach the entire student body.
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Why Some Homeless Choose The Streets Over Shelters

Hypothermia kills an estimated 700 people experiencing, or at-risk of homelessness each year, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. Every day, street outreach workers in cities across the nation go out into communities to encourage people on the street to take shelter, but many homeless people refuse.

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