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Activist again seeks to repeal Louisiana’s creationism law

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Activist Zack Kopplin announced Monday he was re-launching his campaign to repeal a law that allows public schools to teach creationism as science in Louisiana.

In a statement published Monday, Kopplin said he believes “that this spring we can muster the votes we need to pass” a repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act. State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (D) has filed a bill to repeal the law.

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Peterson proposed identical legislation in 2011 and in 2012, but the bills were killed in committee.

The LSEA, signed into law by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2008, purportedly promotes critical thinking and open discussion about scientific theories such as evolution and global warming. Proponents of the law said it encouraged academic freedom, but critics were quick to point out that it allows local school boards to approve supplemental classroom materials that espouse creationism.

State Sen. Ben Nevers (D) said in 2008 he proposed the law at the urging of the Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative Christian group.

“They believe that scientific data related to creationism should be discussed when dealing with Darwin’s theory,” he explained.

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Pennsylvania Republican senator arrested and charged with possession of child pornography

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According to a release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Republican state Sen. Michael Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

The release said that the investigation began as the result of a CyberTip about Tumblr discovering that a user had uploaded child pornography onto their site. It ultimately led to the home of Folmer in Lebanon, PA. A search warrant yielded images on Folmer's phone.

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Netanyahu refuses to concede after he falls short — blames media instead

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Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to concede after being down in the election night polls. Like the last election, Netanyahu is claiming his own personal victory and blaming the media for all of his woes.

Senior Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, at Channel 13 News in Tel-Aviv, was live-tweeting the election results late Tuesday night.

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"Netanyahu says Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed for Israel as a Jewish state. No government can be based on support from Arab parties," Ravid said.

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Mitch McConnell crony running for Kentucky AG is ineligible for office: lawsuit

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On Tuesday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a new lawsuit seeks to remove Daniel Cameron from the ballot as the Kentucky GOP's nominee for state attorney general.

According to the lawsuit, filed by retired union worker and "concerned citizen" Joseph Leon Jackson Sr. in Jefferson Circuit Court, Cameron does not meet the office requirement of having practiced law for eight years — because although he was admitted by the Kentucky Bar Association in 2011, he spent two of the following years clerking for U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove.

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