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Want a U.S. passport? Were you circumcised?

Were you baptized or circumcised? Who was present when you were born? These are sample questions that applicants may be asked to answer on the proposed biographical questionnaire for a U.S. passport. Full story

Syria steps up crackdown on protests

  The State Department is urging Americans to leave Syria as the regime there steps up its crackdown against pro-reform demonstrators. Meanwhile, there is fierce new fighting raging in Libya. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

Syria vs. Libya: What’s the difference?

  Amb. Marc Ginsberg and former State Department Official Aaron Miller talk about the wave of violent clashes across the Middle East and whether the U.S. should limit its involvement in the area.

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