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In an exclusive studio interview with The New American magazine’s Dr. Duke Pesta, Heartland Institute Education Research Fellow Joy Pullmann outlined the crucial link between the Obama-backed “Common Core” nationalization of schooling, the federally funded tests that go with the standards, and the vast data-gathering apparatus being erected by the administration to gather private information on U.S. students. The Common Core assessments, which have already been adopted by about four in five states, are a key element underpinning the entire scheme, she explained, calling it the "enforcement mechanism."

Fox Sports faces a possible religious discrimination lawsuit after it fired a football commentator Craig James over his views on same-sex "marriage."

Across the country, opposition to the “Common Core” national education standards that are being pushed by the Obama administration has been surging in recent weeks. From Florida and Georgia to Louisiana and Wisconsin, politicians are no longer able to ignore the growing public outrage — especially because it transcends traditional political divides and has united a powerful coalition of libertarians, conservatives, Republicans, Tea Party activists, progressives, liberals, parents, teachers, experts, and more. Various strategies to defeat the scheme are being tested, and some are already proving successful.

On the year anniversary of a U.S. pastor's imprisonment in Iran, his wife has hand-delivered a letter he wrote to the country's president appealing for justice.

Chile's legislature has passed a law establishing March 25 as a national “Day of the Unborn Child and of Adoption.”

 

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