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Planned Parenthood Tweets A Well-Deserved Farewell F*CK YOU To Carly Fiorina

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Farewell to @CarlyFiorina.
It turns out you can’t flat-out lie to the American people about Planned Parenthood.


Mississippi lawmaker admits his education bill is to protect creationism

(Ars Technica) Mississippi is the latest US state to see a bill introduced that would protect teachers who injected bogus information into science classes. In that regard, there's nothing new; South Dakota beat it to the punch this year. The text of the bill is also unremarkable, fitting right in to the family tree of similar legislation that's been introduced over the years (see sidebar).

What is unusual in this case is that the lawmaker behind the bill is being very upfront about his purposes. “I just don’t want my teachers punished in any form or fashion for bringing creationism into the debate," Representative Mark Formby told The Clarion-Ledger. "Lots of us believe in creationism.” The bill he introduced would protect teachers from any disciplinary actions triggered by their discussion of it into the classroom.


Barack Obama just made one of the best speeches EVER...

He was speaking to the Illinois Legislature and it was carried on all local channels. The subject matter was the state of our politics and ways to improve it. He touched on many issues including corrosive effect of dark money in politics, hyper-partisanship, inflammatory rhetoric, voting restrictions, gerrymandering and many others.


John McCain Just Openly Mocked ‘Dangerous’ GOP Candidates On The Senate Floor

(Addicting Info) “It’s been so disappointing to see some presidential candidates on the campaign trail engaged in loose talk about reviving waterboarding and other inhumane interrogation techniques. It might be easy to dismiss this bluster as cheap campaign rhetoric, but these statements must not go unanswered because they mislead the American people about the realities of interrogation, how to gather intelligence, what it takes to defend our security and at the most fundamental level what we are fighting for as a nation.”


Funny or Die Made a Trump Biopic, Starring Johnny Depp

(NYT) Johnny Depp has played a loopy pirate, a mad hatter and a demon barber. But will he be a convincing Donald J. Trump?

The humor website Funny or Die on Wednesday began streaming a 50-minute comedy that finds Mr. Depp portraying the businessman turned politician, full-blown comb-over and all. Kept a secret for months — no small task in Hollywood — “Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie” was released to coincide with Mr. Trump’s victory on Tuesday in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.


AP: Trump, Sanders take New Hampshire primary

(AP) -- The New Hampshire primary winners are Donald Trump on the Republican side and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race. Each took the top spot after second-place finishes in the Iowa caucuses.

Trump's first victory of the 2016 White House race means he's no longer a political rookie but the front-runner for his party's presidential nomination.

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