Michelle Obama disrespectful? It wasn’t a big deal, BBC says

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When the president and first lady visited Saudi Arabia this week to pay respects to the kingdom’s late monarch, Michelle Obama did not cover her head.

“Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash,” sniffed the Washington Post’s WorldViews blog.

“Michelle Obama causes outrage,” screamed the headline in Britain’s Telegraph.

Trouble is, the BBC reports, it was a tempest only in the Western media’s teacup. Continue reading

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Updated: End of Appalachian Trail: Mark Sanford breaks up with ‘soul mate’

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Republican Congressman Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina who five years ago pretended to be hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was really cheating on his wife, has announced in a bizarre, rambling post on Facebook that he has broken up with his “soul mate.”

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Quiz: What is your political stripe?

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Are you a “hard-pressed skeptic”? A “young outsider”? A “business conservative”? A “faith and family” leftie?

Take Pew’s Political Typology Quiz to find out where in fall in the ideological spectrum compared with a national survey of over 10,000 Americans.

It’s totally anonymous — you don’t have to fill out any personal details. And it only takes about two minutes to answer questions such as:

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Start the quiz here.

 

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Video: Who’s the guy who just beat Cantor? A real, charming Brat

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In this YouTube video, the Tea Party candidate who unexpectedly brought down the House majority leader introduces himself to voters in March. Dave Brat’s affable personality belies his surname. He says he is a Catholic from Michigan who attended Princeton Theological Seminary and now teaches economics.

Here, Brat “delves into … the many ways in which Eric Cantor has violated the Republican Creed.”

You can read the story about Cantor’s stunning and historic primary loss here.

Politico has a few more details on Brat here.

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Gay marriage protest: Man seeks right to marry Macbook

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ChrisSevierViaFacebook“A former judge advocate and combat veteran” has filed motions in two states on behalf of “other minority sexual orientation groups” to protest gay marriage.

In  court documents filed in Utah and Florida, Chris Sevier of Tennessee (right) claims he has fallen in love with his porn-filled Apple computer. Continue reading

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SAT is revised. Take a sample test.

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There is no doubt that Larry is a genuine [BLANK]; he excels at telling stories that fascinate his listeners.

A) braggart
B) dilettante
C) pilferer
D) prevaricator
E) raconteur

The SAT is evolving. No more will students get such a fill-in-the-blank sentence. That method of testing vocabulary isolates the word from its context, the College Board has decided.

Instead, high schoolers will read passages and answer questions based on them.

You can see how you’d do on a sample test here.

The sample test will even give you a score. The first section of questions relies on the opening remarks made by Democratic Rep. Barbara Jordan at the Watergate hearings, in which the Texan argues for the impeachment of President Nixon.

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