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Photo Of The Day: Before The War On Christmas, There Was The War On Thanksgiving

Roosevelt Thanksgiving

Franklin D. Roosevelt celebrating what critics called “Franksgiving.” Image Source: The Huffington Post

When thinking about how the United States is divided over holiday issues, the manufactured “War on Christmas” is easily the first thing that comes to mind. But back in 1939, the government actually was trying to change a holiday – but that holiday was Thanksgiving.

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21 Amazing Things To Be Thankful For This Year

Bad news has a tendency to swallow us whole, and 2015 has seen a lot of it. It’s enough to make anyone think that the world is headed toward collapse, but the truth is that a lot of good stuff has happened, too. As 2015 comes to a close, here are just some of the discoveries, innovations and leaps of cultural progress that happened this year, all of which will remind you that as dark as the world may seem, it’s also imbued with warmth, light and hope for the future:

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Photo Of The Day: Meet Your 2015 Presidentially Pardoned Turkey

Tom One Gets The Pardon

Tom One is chosen as the next turkey to be pardoned by the president at Foster Farms in Modesto, Calif. Image Source: The Modesto Bee

An outgoing personality, fluffed up good looks and knowing how to strut your stuff can get you a presidential pardon—take Tom One for example, a Foster Farms turkey chosen for the presidential turkey pardoning of 2015 in front of a group of 5th graders in Modesto, Calif. The annual presidential turkey pardoning is one of America’s most bizarre holiday traditions, right up there with Groundhog Day, but with more big business and less history. Despite the news media covering the event as if it’s as American as the constitution, turkey pardoning has a relatively short history.

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The Eight Biggest Planned Parenthood Myths (And The Facts Debunking Them)

Family planning organization Planned Parenthood has been the subject of multiple lies this year. Here are the facts to set you straight.

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Women at a 2011 Planned Parenthood rally in New York City. Image Source: Flickr/Charlotte Cooper

Heated social media campaigns erupted earlier this year after a video, allegedly showing a Planned Parenthood higher up addressing the sale of fetal organs and body parts, surfaced. Despite the organization’s letter to Congress outlining the substantial, deceptive editing of the video, anti-Planned Parenthood myths continued to circulate and intensify. Shortly after, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would effectively cease federal funding to Planned Parenthood for an entire fiscal year.

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