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Confederate fantasies & the Donald Trump surge: Inside the dangerous Southern mythology creeping into the GOP primary

<b>(Reuters/L.E. Baskow/AP/John Bazemore/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Earlier this week, Ken Burns blew the lid off of this election’s most unsettling developments<p>Bob Cesca<p>August 25, 2015 9:07pm (UTC)<p>I can only imagine the sheer volume of racists, hillbillies and crackpots festooning Ken Burns' Twitter feed …

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What Happens When Students Control Their Own Education?

When a New Hampshire district found itself struggling with low test scores and high turnover, it made a radical decision: Flip the traditional model and let kids take over the classrooms.<p>In an 11th-grade English class at Pittsfield Middle High School in rural New Hampshire, Jenny Wellington’s …

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How Do Planets Form?

A nearby planetary system contains two baby planets that may refine astronomers' theories about how solar systems come to be.<p>In the past half-decade, we’ve learned about thousands of planets throughout the galaxy, but we still don’t really know what turns young, spinning baby stars into stable …

Pursuing ISIS to the Gates of Hell

The beheading of two journalists has transformed public debate over U.S. foreign policy.<p>Over the past two weeks, the American foreign-policy debate has dramatically changed. The key to understanding why lies in a book.<p>The book is called <i>Special Providence</i>. Published 13 years ago by Walter Russell …

Loyal Dog Goes 15 Days without Food Guarding His Teenage Master’s Grave

When Indian teenager Bhaskar Shri passed away in a car accident, his loyal dog Tommy refused to leave his graveside for two whole weeks. The sweet … [16]

‘Wetlands,’ About A Bodily Fluid-Obsessed German Teen, Is the Year's Raunchiest Film

Wetlands, based on the bestselling German erotic novel of the same name, is the year's dirtiest—and weirdest—movie. (Warning: extremely graphic.)<p>Each … [16] [16]

Drug Warriors Try but Fail to Show That Marijuana Legalization Has Been a Disaster in Colorado

The introduction presents the report as an objective attempt to "document the impact of the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational …

Rise of the 'Unholy Alliance' of Libertarians and Leftists

"You know what I worry most about?" the Republican Senator from South Carolina told CNN about the growing opposition to the war in Afghanistan. "An … [14] [14] [17] [17] [13] [15]

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