COMMENTARY: Seeking clarity

NEW YORK (RNS) The “October trifecta'' that touched my life — my father's death, surgery and the unprecedented destruction of Hurricane Sandy — did what traumatic events often do: they left me emotionally fatigued and ready for some fresh clarity, fresh perspective and fresh prioritizing. By Tom Ehrich.

American Muslims celebrate defeat of congressional critics

(RNS) American Muslims are celebrating the ouster of two Tea Party congressmen known for their anti-Islamic rhetoric, and heralding the outcomes as a sign that Muslim voters are a political force to be reckoned with. By Omar Sacirbey. 

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The ‘nones’ say 2012 election proves they are a political force

(RNS) The “nones'' made their presence felt in this election, with some 70 percent of the religiously unaffiliated voting for President Obama, according to exit polls. What do the political parties have to do to reach and keep these voters? By Kimberly Winston.

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