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Christian Right Historian David Barton in Freefall Over ‘Jefferson Lies’

It seems that the right's favorite historian, a man who has long provided "intellectual" cover for its effort to remake American history, has finally been exposed as the fraud. We can only hope. David Barton has been a hero to the right for claiming the founding fathers wanted a Christian nation. But now even his conservative peers are disowning his work. By Michelle Goldberg August 11, 2012 At the Rediscov ...

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At the Fair, Do Calories on a Stick Count?

The Iowa State Fair is a vast, sweet, savory, shameless wonderland full of battered treats — including deep-fried butter on a stick. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/dining/at-the-iowa-state-fair-deep-fried-butter-on-a-stick.html?smid=pl-share ...

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Suburban Taxpayers Vote to Support Detroit Museum

August 9, 2012 The Detroit Institute of Arts was saved from devastating budget cuts Tuesday night after voters in three Michigan counties agreed to institute a property tax increase earmarked specifically for the museum. The levy — known as a millage tax — is expected to raise $23 million a year and put the arts institute on secure financial footing for the first time in two decades. In exchange residents o ...

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Pussy Riot Trial: Russian Punk Rockers’ Trial Ends, Verdict Next Week

August 8, 2012 Three feminist punk rockers in Russia may face years in prison for barging into Moscow's main cathedral to sing a song against Vladimir Putin as he set out to reclaim the presidency. Wearing ski masks and miniskirts in garish colors, the Pussy Riot band members danced and high-kicked while belting out this refrain: Virgin Mary, Mother of God, put Putin away. Put Putin away, put Putin away. Th ...

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14 Wacky “Facts” Kids Will Learn in Louisiana’s Voucher Schools

August 7, 2012 Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers' dime. Under Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, considered the most sweeping in the country, Louisiana is poised to spend tens of millions of dollars to help poor and middle-class students from the state's no ...

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What Can Mississippi Learn From Iran?

Catchy title aside, this is a poignant story of poverty and culture in America, not to mention close-minded shortsightedness, but also one of hope and possibility. Nowhere is our health care system more broken and desperate than rural Mississippi. Can an approach used in Iran help save lives? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/magazine/what-can-mississippis-health-care-system-learn-from-iran.html?smid=pl-sha ...

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Heads, Yes. Tails, No.

July 27, 2012 Yes, rodents are eaten all over the world, but only in trendy New York would a rat be a gourmet dinner... and a statement of art. AT first glance the opening and dinner at the Allegra LaViola Gallery on the Lower East Side on Wednesday night looked like any other New York art event. There were stylish people from Brooklyn and Manhattan, in dark clothing and notable shoes. Photographs lined the ...

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Strip Clubs in Tampa Are Ready to Cash In on G.O.P. Convention

July 27, 2012 Preparing for the biggest party Tampa has ever held, the city and its businesses are primping and polishing for the August arrival of tens of thousands of visitors. More: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/27/us/strip-clubs-in-tampa-are-ready-to-cash-in-on-gop-convention.html?smid=pl-share ...

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Is the Republican party forcing their ‘version’ of Christianity on America?

February 16, 2012 With issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception making their way back in the headlines, the issue of religion in government is a hot topic. Conservatives claim their religion is "underattack" and that the "liberals" in America want to take away their right of religious freedom. While conservatives try to defend their religious beliefs, they are discriminating against others ...

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Evgeny Nikitin, Swastika-Tattooed Baritone, Still Scheduled At The Met

NEW YORK, July 26, 2012 -- The singer who quit the Bayreuth opera festival when it emerged he once had at least one Nazi-related symbol tattooed on his body remains scheduled to sing a new production of Wagner's "Parsifal" at the Metropolitan Opera next season. Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/evgeny-nikitin-baritone-swastika-tattoo_n_1703364.html?fb_action_ids=10151983844770602&fb_source ...

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