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Members of the KKK hold a rally (Martin/Flickr )

Whitewash: New Texas history books will downplay slavery, omit KKK and Jim Crow

Social studies books for Texas public schools will minimize the importance of slavery in the Civil War and omit any mention of both Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan.
Si Robertson (Facebook)

Duck Dynasty star Si Robertson: Atheists don’t exist because they use calendars

"Our calendars are based on Jesus Christ."
Georgia woman gives foster dog a 'bucket list' as part of his hospice care ['Chester's Final Journey' Facebook page]

Georgia woman brightens up dying dog’s final days with a ‘bucket list’ of awesome adventures

When she adopted him last month, she wrote, he was recovering from surgery to remove some tumors. But he has developed more since then, and is also suffering from heart worm.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a tour of the museum and birthplace of actor John Wayne while campaigning for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Winterset, Iowa on June 27, 2015. Photo by Brian Frank for Reuters.

Trump says media ‘distorted’ his anti-Mexico remarks — then accuses immigrants of carrying diseases

After days of outrage, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Monday that some of his criticism of Mexico has been distorted but stuck to his stance that many illegal immigrants coming across the Mexican border are criminals. A new statement from the billionaire real estate developer came as his empire took a fresh blow.
Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar (Twitter.com)

Jill Duggar is leaving for a lengthy mission trip ahead of possible lawsuit against molester brother

The 24-year-old Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, will leave for an undisclosed country for a lengthy stay with their infant son, who was born April 6.
Tony Perkins  (Fox News)

‘We live in theocratic times': Right-wing Christians are claiming religious freedom to ignore any laws they wish

Americans have famously been granted religious exemptions from military service, legal requirements to seek medical treatment for their children, zoning laws, education standards for homeschooled children, and even safety features for Amish buggies.
Senator Bernie Sanders (Brookings Institution/Flickr)

Social democracy is 100 percent American — here’s why

We may be latecomers to recognizing a universal right to health care (indeed, we are not quite there yet). But we were first in creating a universal right to public education, in endowing ourselves with ownership of national parks, and, for that matter, in conferring voting rights on males without property and abolishing religious tests for holding national office.
(Photo: Manatee County Sheriff's Office)

Sex on a Florida beach leads to two-and-a-half years prison time

Jose Caballero, 40, was arrested in Bradenton Beach in west central Florida last July after other beachgoers complained that he was fondling and starting to have sexual intercourse with a woman on the beach in the middle of the afternoon.
Young depressed woman taking advice from her psychologist (Shutterstock)

Religious Trauma Syndrome: How some organized religion leads to mental health problems

Is toxic religion simply misinterpretation?