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Do Sony e-mails expose a wider racism at the movies?

It was sad enough to find out that apparently North Korea could blackmail us into keeping a movie it doesn’t like out of theaters [at least initially]. (Though to be sure, I am looking forward to seeing Proletarian Youth Salute the Spirit of Dear Leader next Christmas — I’m told it’s going to get a 100-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) But this, from the Sony e-mail leaks, is even worse:

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A new vision of India, 100-percent Hindu

This month, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, India’s powerful, male-only Hindu nationalist outfit, finally played a card it has long held in its hand. It announced an intensive conversion program to recover its “lost property” in India, feeding the dream of its cadre and allied organizations of an India that is nothing less than “100 per cent Hindu.”

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Common Core’s test for states

Last month, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suggested to hundreds of lawmakers and education reformers gathered for his foundation’s annual summit that “the rigor of the Common Core State Standards must be the new minimum.” Furthermore, he said, to “those states choosing a path other than Common Core, I say this: That’s fine. Except you should be aiming even higher and be bolder and raise standards and ask more of our students and the system.” Several Republican politicians, including Louisiana Sen. (and gubernatorial hopeful) David Vitter and Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, promptly took up his suggestion, calling on their states to replace the Common Core with standards that are even more challenging.

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