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One of the gay hoteliers who held a dinner for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in April made a contribution to the senator's presidential campaign, even though he insisted that the event was not a fundraiser.

Ian Reisner made a $2,700 donation, the maximum amount allowed, around the time of the controversial dinner, the New York Times reported on Friday morning. Following the dinner and backlash from the gay community, Reisner asked for a refund from the Cruz campaign.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Trustees at the country's oldest public university decided Thursday to rename a University of North Carolina classroom building so that it no longer carries the name of a 19th century Ku Klux Klan leader.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who is mulling a 2016 presidential bid, reversed his position on Common Core and on Thursday proposed that New Jersey drop the education standards.

"It's now been five years since Common Core was adopted and the truth is that it's simply not working," Christie said during a speech at Burlington County College, according to NJ.com. "It has brought only confusion and frustration to our parents and has brought distance between our teachers and the communities where they work."

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CNN host Anderson Cooper on Thursday sparred with the Arizona man who organized a "draw Muhammad" cartoon event, and asked him why he planned an event that could provoke backlash.

Arizona resident Jon Ritzheimer has planned a Muhammad cartoon contest and rally for Friday outside the mosque attended by the two gunmen who opened fire outside of anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhammad" contest earlier in May.

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CHICAGO (AP) — A newly unveiled indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct." But it offers few hints about a central question: What was the alleged wrongdoing?

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Countless kids across America grow up playing with Lego toys.

But Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Wednesday he sees something sinister in “The Lego Movie,” which debuted last year and was based on the popular multi-colored building blocks and yellow figurines.

He accused “The Lego Movie” of being “insidious” propaganda that teaches children that “government is good and business if bad.”

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UPDATE: May 28, 2015, 8:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who was once third in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down on Thursday in Chicago.

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