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The College of Charleston received more than 100 applications from people interested in being the 22nd president of the 13th oldest educational institution in the United States. The applicants included current university presidents, chief academic officers, deans, and leaders from both the public and private sectors.

On Saturday, the college's Board of Trustees announced that it had voted to offer the job to Glenn McConnell, the current Republican lieutenant governor of South Carolina.

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The strange saga of a Louisiana school district and the Buddhist student its officials allegedly drove away in the name of Christianity came to an end last Friday. A federal court's order set new rules about how the school district must conduct itself and provided some financial relief for the student's family.

The tale's outlandish details -- a teacher telling her class that a student's religious beliefs were "stupid," the same teacher instructing her students that scientists advancing the theory of evolution were "stupid," pictures of Jesus hanging from the school walls -- caught national attention in January when the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of the student and his family.

But at its end, the district has admitted no culpability and the student is still attending a school 25 miles from his home. The district has pledged, though, to pay $4,000 for the family's past costs of driving their son to his new school -- and to provide bus service from now until he graduates from high school.

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The "John Doe" investigation going on in Wisconsin is by definition secret.

What we've learned about it, we've learned in bits and pieces. First, that investigators were looking at the 2011 and 2012 recall elections in the state. Then, that dozens of both local and national conservative groups -- allies of Gov. Scott Walker (R) -- had received subpoenas.

Now, court documents have turned up suggesting that prosecutors are trying to find whether the campaigns coordinated with groups engaged in "issue advocacy" work, according to The Wisconsin State Journal.

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Libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch were among the first to grasp the political potential of social welfare groups and trade associations — nonprofits that can spend money to influence elections but don't have to name their donors.

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