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Tea Party Wins Big in Nebraska

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Tea Party favorite Ben Sasse won the Republican nomination for an open Senate seat in Nebraska Tuesday night, after a heated and costly primary battle that drew heavy national attention.

Sasse, a university president, was able to hold off former state treasurer Shane Osborn and dark horse candidate Sid Dinsdale, who had begun to surge in recent weeks. Sasse grabbed 49 percent of the vote with Dinsdale finishing second and Osborn finishing third, according to preliminary returns.

“We were never doing this because we need another job,” Sasse told supporters Tuesday night. “We were only going to do this if we were going to talk about big, bold conservative ideas.”

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$474M For 4 Failed Obamacare Exchanges

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Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher.

Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland — embraced Obamacare, and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of uncertainty as they rush to rebuild their systems or transition to the federal exchange.

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Militia Mobilize for Next Battle With BLM

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Militiamen and woman camping on Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch are packing up and heading to Utah where another protest against the Bureau of Land Management will happen Saturday.

Ryan Payne, a Montana resident who had been staying at the ranch for a month, said he drove eight hours to arrive in the eastern Utah town this morning. Three militia members from the ranch and a handful of people from a group called Citizens Action Network came to Utah, too, he said.

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Parent Arrested For Protesting Graphic Content in School Assignment

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The father of a 14-year-old girl was arrested at a New Hampshire school board meeting after protesting a reading assignment that contained sexually explicit material.

Attorney William Baer, father of a teen at Gilford High School in Gilford, New Hampshire, was speaking out against the assignment of the book Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.

According to WND, the book contains explicit descriptions of sexual encounters and mentally and sexually abusive situations, as well as a mass murder in a school.

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Americans Now ‘Racist’ for Waving American Flag

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Americans now are being blasted as “racist” for the simple act of waving an American flag.

It happened Monday in California to a small group of protesters who waved U.S. flags in front of a school where officials had banned the practice to avoid violence threatened by Hispanic students celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

The controversy developed in 2010, when school officials ordered students not to wear U.S. flag-themed shirts on the Mexican holiday. The ban has been upheld by a federal appeals court.

The controversy brought a small group of protesters out Monday, and the community reacted immediately.

“What’s wrong with these white people holding up American flags in Morgan hill??? Racist a–holes,” wrote Gia Lee in a feed monitored by Twitchy.

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Half of TX Abortion Clinics Close Due to Safety Standards

Mary McLaurin

Since Governor Rick Perry signed a major anti-abortion law in 2013, half of the Lone Star State’s abortion clinics have permanently shut down. Although that law may eventually be ruled on by the Supreme Court, it has already had such a significant impact on Texas that the court’s final say likely won’t matter much.

In 2011, Texas was reportedly home to over 40 abortion clinics. Over the last three years, however, that number has been cut in half; there are now only 20 open, according to a report by the National Journal.

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