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Here are 9 things many Americans just don’t understand — compared to the rest of the world

Americans' lack of worldliness clouds their views on everything from economics to sex to religion.
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Protecting parents over children: The shameless hypocrisy at the heart of right-wing Christianity

Why do the same people who fight against abortion argue that parents should have the right to beat their children and deny them medical care or education, as some conservative Republicans have done recently?
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Ex-University of Mississippi student charged with hanging noose on statue of university’s first African American student

Federal civil rights charges have been brought against a former student of the University of Mississippi, accused of draping a noose and a flag with Confederate markings last year on a statue commemorating the start of racial integration on campus in the 1960s.
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Stephen King hammers Maine governor for doubling down: ‘He’s not man enough to admit he made a mistake’

“Just make me the villain of your next book and I won’t charge you royalties,” Gov. Paul LePage (R) said at an event hosted by Republicans in Bristol.
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‘Closed for business’: Arkansas’ Indiana-style anti-LGBT bill could spur massive tech boycott

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s (R) reported efforts to attract the tech industry to his state are at risk of being undermined by the advancement of a “religious freedom” bill.
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Michigan Tea Partiers want to scrap teaching standards — because pretty much anyone can teach scripture

Tea Party conservative lawmakers in Michigan are looking to eliminate hiring standards for public school teachers – and a Facebook post may reveal their motivation.
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Twitter pounds Indiana’s Mike Pence: ‘Enjoy your last term as Governor, you ass backward dipsh*t’

While the state of Indiana is taking a beating across the country for passing the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,”  allowing businesses and individuals to deny services to gays on religious grounds, Governor Mike Pence has come in for an extra heaping of scorn on social media.
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Italian Supreme Court overturns Amanda Knox’s murder conviction

Italy’s top court on Friday threw out Amanda Knox’s conviction for the Judges at the Court of Cassation also quashed all charges against Knox’s Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito after ten hours of deliberations in Rome.
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GOP congressman who criticized Ted Cruz inundated with ‘vulgar’ messages from his supporters

New York Representative Peter King (R) complained hat since Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced he was running for the GOP presidential nomination, his followers have been leaving “vulgar” and “adolescent” messages.