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Really?
March 11, 2014
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Never mind that nine in 10 gay students report being bullied because of their sexual orientation. Forget that gay teens are more than three times as likely to commit suicide than their peers. And completely ignore that one-fifth of LBGT employees say they've been discriminated against when it comes to hiring, pay, and promotions. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) wants you to know who the real bullies are when it comes to gay rights: the gay community itself.

In a recent interview with conservative radio host Lars Larson, Bachmann claimed that Arizona's recently vetoed anti-gay law — which would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay couples on ostensibly religious grounds — had nothing to do with gays. And its defeat, she argued, was another sign of how the all-powerful "gay community" had bullied lawmakers into accepting its agenda.

"The gay community decided to make this their measure," she said. "And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community, they've so bullied the American people, and they've so intimidated politicians — the politicians fear them — and so they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere."

Keep in mind, Bachmann is the same legislator who, a decade ago, framed the debate over gay marriage as a dire Biblical prophecy come true. Jon Terbush

celebrations
3:57 a.m. ET

On Sunday, Princess Charlotte was christened at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, the same church where her grandmother, Princess Diana, was baptized.

Her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, pushed her to the church in a pram once used by Queen Elizabeth, and it was the first time the Duke and Duchess were seen in public with both Princess Charlotte and her older brother, Prince George, the BBC reports. Thousands of people greeted the family upon their arrival, along with guests Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Michael, Carole, Pippa, and James Middleton.

Princess Charlotte wore a replica of the christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841, and the silver gilt Lily Font, usually shown as part of the crown jewels at the Tower of London, was used during the ceremony. Later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a tea, serving slices of a tier from their wedding cake as the christening cake. While the day was all about Princess Charlotte, Prince George — as usual — stole the show, as the pictures below attest. Catherine Garcia

travels with the pope
3:20 a.m. ET
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On Sunday, Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador, the first stop on his tour of South America that will include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay.

The pontiff, born in Argentina, is visiting three of the poorest and smallest countries on the continent just weeks after releasing his encyclical calling on leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" due to climate change. "From the peak of Chimborazo to the Pacific coast, from the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands, may you never lose the ability to thank God for what he has done and is doing for you," he said upon his arrival. "May you never lose the ability to protect what is small and simple, to care for your children and your elderly, to have confidence in the young, and to be constantly struck by the nobility of your people and the singular beauty of your country."

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets as Pope Francis made his way to Quito, Reuters reports, with many waving flags featuring his picture and others throwing gifts. On Monday, he will deliver a mass in the coastal city of Guayaquil, and on Wednesday, he will fly to Bolivia to visit the Palmasola prison and is expected to speak up for the rights of indigenous people. While in Paraguay, the pope will meet with several social activists. Catherine Garcia

love and marriage
2:36 a.m. ET
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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis tied the knot this weekend, a source tells People.

Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while filming That '70s Show, which ran from 1998 to 2006. In August, Kunis told W magazine, "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show. We all get movie star crushes. I'm marrying mine." The pair began dating in 2012, and became parents to daughter Wyatt Isabelle in October. It's the first marriage for Kunis, and the second for Kutcher, who divorced Demi Moore in 2013. Catherine Garcia

This just in
2:20 a.m. ET
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The finance minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, announced on his website that he has resigned from his post, one day after 61 percent of voters backed his "no" campaign, rejecting the bailout terms set by creditors.

"Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached," he wrote in a blog entry posted early Monday. "It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution — to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms."

Varoufakis said that the reason why he was leaving his position was due to a "certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted 'partners,' for my ... 'absence' from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement." He added, "I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum. And I shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride." Catherine Garcia

Boko Haram
1:49 a.m. ET

A suicide bomber killed at least five people at a church in Nigeria Sunday, the latest in a string of attacks carried out over the past week by Boko Haram.

The worshippers were killed as they entered the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, the BBC reports. More than 200 people have been killed since Tuesday, including more than 97 people gunned down in the village of Kukawa on Wednesday and 48 men shot after prayers in two villages near the town of Monguno. On Thursday, two female suicide bombers killed several people as they attacked a village in Borno state.

Since Boko Haram first started launching attacks in 2009, at least 17,000 people, primarily civilians, have been killed. Catherine Garcia

John Oliver dives shallow
1:15 a.m. ET

Due to the 4th of July holiday, there wasn't a new Last Week Tonight Sunday, but host John Oliver was nice enough to give his fans a little something to tide them over until July 12. In a web only clip, Oliver did the opposite of what he normally does — instead of covering one topic over 15 minutes in a deep dive, he looked at 15 topics in one minute for a series of shallow dives. He touched on everything from banjos ("they're just guitars whose parents are cousins") to bagels ("donuts that gave up on their dreams"), and hinted that next week, it's very likely he'll be back to business, taking on the TPP. Watch the clip below (warning: there's a bit of strong language and some risqué images). Catherine Garcia

recalls
12:28 a.m. ET
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After Listeria was found in a sample of chicken freeze-dried patties, pet food maker Stella & Chewy's voluntarily recalled several products for dogs and cats.

The company has a full list of recalled dinners and treats on its website. "The health and safety of our customers and their pets is always of the utmost importance to us," Stella & Chewy's said on Facebook. "We are accountable for everything we make and highly committed to the quality and integrity of our products. We are working with the FDA to further investigate and quickly address the situation."

Listeria causes flu-like symptoms in healthy people, including headache and nausea, and can be deadly for children and the elderly. Stella & Chewy's says that there have been no reports of illnesses in people or animals. Consumers who have pet food that is part of the recall should throw it away or return the item to where they purchased it for a full refund. Catherine Garcia

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