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Obama Gets Heat For Koran Burning Apology

Obama administration officials sent apologies after fatal riots broke out in Afghanistan, following the burning of Korans. But was saying sorry necessary? Host Michel Martin talks with two Muslim Americans with differing views: Arsalan Iftikhar, author of Islamic Pacifism, and Asra Nomani, who trains the U.S. military on cultural sensitivity.
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To Get Out The Vote, Evangelicals Try Data Mining

The company United In Purpose is going through personal data — from magazine subscriptions to NASCAR ticket purchases — to identify unregistered Christian conservatives and sign them up. UIP hopes to sway the 2012 elections by signing up 5 million new voters.
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Why Michigan Catholics Favor The Mormon Candidate

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are battling for Tuesday's Republican primary, and polls show the candidates are neck-and-neck. One group that Romney appears to have an advantage with is Roman Catholic voters despite the fact Romney is Mormon and Santorum Catholic.
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Israel-Iran Relations: A Native Poet's Perspective

Poet Roya Hakakian is both Iranian and Jewish, and in an op-ed in Sunday's New York Times, she argues that the two nations share an intertwined history that should discourage the prospect of war. Host Scott Simon speaks with Hakakian, author of Land of No, about the looming possibility of war between Iran and Israel.
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Afghan Outrage Grows Violent Over U.S. Quran Burnings

At least 25 people have died in riots this week across Afghanistan ever since U.S. officials revealed that American soldiers had burned copies of the Muslim holy book. On Saturday, more than 1,000 demonstrators clashed with police outside a United Nations compound in the north of the country. Host Scott Simon gets the latest on the unrest from NPR's Quil Lawrence.
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N.J.: NYPD Crossed The Line In Monitoring Muslims

There's new controversy over the New York Police Department's intelligence-gathering tactics after documents surfaced detailing information on Newark mosques and Muslim-owned businesses. Activists see it as an overly broad investigation of law-abiding Muslims, while local officials are upset by the department's reach outside New York City.
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Pentagon Official Apologizes For Burning Quran

A senior Pentagon official apologized to Washington-area Muslims, for burning Qurans at a military base in Afghanistan.

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How To Properly Dispose Of Sacred Texts

The burning of Qurans by the U.S. military in Afghanistan has led to days of rioting by Muslims who say it was a desecration of their holy book and an affront to Islam. Many faiths prescribe specific rituals for disposing of their sacred texts.

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