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During the furor over Indiana’s new “religious liberty” law, the debate has been haunted by some not-too-distant memories of the last time rapid social change encountered an embattled conservative population placed on the defensive. Yes, it enrages today’s religious conservatives to hear their demands for a zone of “conscience” in which they may choose to exempt themselves from antidiscrimination laws with similar demands a half century ago. But the parallels cannot be wished away.

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The athletic director at the University of Southern California, Pat Haden, said on Tuesday that he would not attend the NCAA's College Football Playoff committee meeting in Indianapolis this week, due to the new Indiana religious freedom law that may allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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Police on Tuesday revealed the contents of a note left behind by former Missouri political operative Spence Jackson, who was found dead in his apartment Sunday night.

Jackson had been an aide to late gubernatorial candidate and Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (R), who himself committed suicide last month amid rumors that he was the target of an anti-Semitic whisper campaign.

Jefferson City police Capt. Doug Shoemaker said in a news conference that Jackson's note read in its entirety: "I'm so sorry. I just can't take being unemployed again."

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