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  • The tongue-in-cheek petition, whose stated aim is to reduce the national debt, has been signed more than 8,600 times as of Tuesday.
  • Selling Montana, the fourth largest state in the country, would constitute the largest land deal since the Louisiana Purchase.
  • The national debt is often a source of concern for individuals, but the chances of the U.S. defaulting on its debts are relatively low — in part because the bulk of the national debt is owned by the American public.
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The WWE’s newest bad guy? A vegan who hates capitalism and consumerism.

Daniel Bryan is a "heel" who might sincerely believe in some of the things his persona is known to say.

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  • Daniel Bryan has been a professional wrestler for years, but only recently made the character switch to become a heel.
  • Bryan's unique heel work has caught a lot attention and praise among fans, and it's struck a nerve online too.
  • In Bryan's critiques of consumerist culture, the lines between sincerity and parody often become blurred.
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Why the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner won’t feature a comedian in 2019

It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.

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  • The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
  • The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
  • Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
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Can AI laugh? We investigated.

Comedy, A.I.-style. Our roving reporter, Evan Fleischer, went into The Laughing Room and here's what happened

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  • I tried to make a piece of Artificial Intelligence laugh.
  • The A.I. was powered by a library of transcripts by stand-up comedians.
  • It has been hypothesized that social laughter releases an opioid that helps solidify long-term human relationships.
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Germany denies Pastafarians religious rights

All the prayers in the world to the Flying Spaghetti Monster probably won't help.

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  • The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been denied the rights of a religion in Germany.
  • Church members were seeking permission to erect public signage.
  • Are views of opposition expressed as satire less valid than the ideas they oppose?
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