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—Jack Handey [Deep Thoughts], Recurring Saturday Night Live comedy bit


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The Opposite Of The Dean's List 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:01:00 -0400 
    The Education Department says it's keeping a close eye on 556 colleges and universities that do a poor job of complying with federal regulations and handling federal financial aid.

Engineer Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:55:00 -0400 
    Omar Shekhey left engineering to start a nonprofit that helps refugees navigate their new lives near Atlanta. He also drives a cab — and often gives the money to families to help them settle in.

Tobacco Firm Seeks Softer Warning For Cigarette Alternative 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:53:00 -0400 
    The product is called snus — a tiny bag of tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. A Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

Closing Arguments To Begin Monday In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:32:55 -0400 
    The defense rested its case Tuesday in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Because of holidays and judicial housekeeping duties, the trial won't resume until next week.

Federal Judge Says South Dakota Officials Violated Native American Families' Rights 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:26:00 -0400 
    Two of the state's largest tribes win class action lawsuit alleging that the state routinely put their children in foster care without due process

Obama's Diplomatic Gamble On Iran Adding Instability In Middle East 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:41:00 -0400 
    Limited though it may be, analysts say the administration's negotiation with Iran has shaken traditional allies and left both friends and enemies uncertain about what it will do next in the region.

Supreme Court Deals Medicaid Blow To Doctors And Health Companies 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:38:00 -0400 
    The court ruled Tuesday that private Medicaid providers cannot sue to force states to raise reimbursement rates in the face of rising medical costs.

Activists Stop Paying Their Student Loans 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:36:00 -0400 
    Students who say their for-profit college degrees are worthless took their "debt strike" to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday.

Defense Rests Case In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:23:24 -0400 
    The defense rested its case Tuesday in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The trial will continue Monday with closing arguments.

Watchdog Groups File Complaints Against Likely Candidates 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:55:00 -0400 
    Two liberal groups say some politicians have crossed the legal line that defines a candidacy in campaign finance law, even though they haven't declared anything yet.

Advice For Trevor Noah From The 'Jon Stewart Of South Africa' 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:53:00 -0400 
    The Daily Show isn't the only fake news show around. South Africa has Late Nite News, starring comedian Loyiso Gola. We asked him how he feels about Noah's new job — and what advice he has to offer.

Iranian Nuclear Talks Continue Past Deadline 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:46:04 -0400 
    Six world powers and Iran will extend their deadline by a day to form a preliminary nuclear agreement.

Native American Tribes Win Child Welfare Case In South Dakota 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0400 
    A federal court ruled Tuesday in summary judgment that the state of South Dakota has routinely violated federal law by taking Native American children from their families and tribes.

Students From Troubled For-Profit Colleges Refuse To Pay Back Loans 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0400 
    A group of students met with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tuesday to send a message: They won't pay back the loans they incurred attending troubled for-profit colleges.

Indiana Governor Reaffirms Support For Criticized Religious Freedom Law 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0400 
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence addressed the continuing controversy surrounding his state's religious freedom law Tuesday.
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