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President Obama recently interviewed HBO's "The Wire" creator David Simon about the show and Simon's view on how drugs impact cities like Baltimore.

"I’m a huge fan of ‘The Wire.’ I think it’s one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades," Obama began the interview published by the White House on Thursday.

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A recent string of high-profile scandals has reopened the debate over whether college fraternities are positive forces for building community on campus or breeding grounds for dangerous attitudes and behavior towards minorities and women.

It's common knowledge that members of fraternities, and sororities as well, often stumble into trouble when their pledging rituals cross the line into hazing territory or when someone underage gets injured at a booze-fueled house party. Those incidents seldom make a big splash in national news outlets, and as a lengthy piece on fraternities published last year in The Atlantic explained, the fraternities are very adept at ducking liability for what happens under their roofs in those cases.

However, several fraternities have gotten their 15 minutes of infamy this month after being suspended by their respective universities for more disturbing offenses. From chants about lynching to marking new pledges with a hot brand, here are some examples of the most egregious behavior that landed fraternity members in hot water.

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During an event held by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) last weekend, a group of activists opposed to "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants interrupted the town hall with a chant shouting "USA!"

According to a video highlighted by Mediaite, the activists were unhappy that the event was held in Spanish, with an option to listen to an English translation on a headset, and that attendees had to submit questions ahead of time.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.

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