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Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Donald Trump’s very classy, very beautiful GOP debate pledge: I’ll be ‘very nice’ and ‘respectful’

Donald Trump is reportedly trying to lower expectations ahead of the first Republican primary debate next week and has promised to mind his manners, at least.
Horned Devil with tract (Shutterstock)

Anti-gay Oregon baker thinks he’s defeating Satan — but his bigotry is actually helping Satanists

Aaron Klein, who co-owns Sweet Cakes by Melissa with his wife, went on Rick Wiles’ “Trunews” show last week and did a lot of comparing between Germany just before the rise of Hitler and the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in June.
Image: Jerusalem Pride marchers, 2008 (Andrew Ratto, Flickr Creative Commons)

Orthodox Jew stabs 6 in his second attack on Jerusalem LGBT Pride marchers

Six people were reportedly stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox Jew at Jerusalem’s LGBT Pride march on Thursday.
Matthew Brown (Alabama governor's office)

Alabama governor names public school-hating Christian fundamentalist to oversee public education

Alabama’s governor has appointed a Christian conservative to the state’s Board of Education despite never having any involvement in a public school in his life.
Police officer aiming gun at car (Shutterstock)

San Jose cop followed black family home and held them at gunpoint for no reason: lawsuit

Emmanuel Stephens and his wife, Jasmine Whitley, had just picked up their 7-year-old daughter from school when Officer Alexander Keller began following them.
Sarah Silverman (Screen capture)

Anti-abortion group calls Sarah Silverman a Nazi because she mocks their Planned Parenthood sting

An organization dedicated to producing anti-Planned Parenthood propaganda has accused Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman of being a Nazi sympathizer because Silverman supports the women’s healthcare provider.
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes [Agence France-Presse]

Fox News employees in ‘total confusion’ as their GOP debate rapidly approaches

The unprecedented role that the right-leaning TV network is playing in the candidate selection process has some at the channel reeling and accusing upper management of approaching the debate with no real plan.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (Screenshot/YouTube)

Maine’s Tea Party governor insults half of his state with smug, hand-written note to constituent

Maine’s GOP governor used official letterhead to pen an angry letter to a constituent on July 16. In blue ink, Gov. Paul LePage wrote a brief but testy response to constituent Louise Sullivan of Cape Elizabeth.
City of Hawkins Jesus welcome sign - screencap

Texas businesses think they’re infuriating atheists by copying town’s ‘Jesus’ sign — but they’re not

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent two letters to the Hawkins City Council about the sign, which reads, “Jesus welcomes you to Hawkins,” in response to complaints from at least one resident — but the town’s mayor won’t back down from the “bogeyman” atheists.