The story of racist newsletters published under Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul’s name re-emerges; a member of the Zimbabwean parliament is jailed for calling President Mugabe a homosexual; and LGBT bloggers and gay media were essential to the demise of AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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Grappling With Ron Paul’s Racist Newsletters Did you know about the racist newsletters published in the late 1980s and early 1990s under Ron Paul’s name?

Gay community apologizes to Amy Koch for ruining her marriage The gay and lesbian community of Minnesota has issued a letter of apology to recently resigned Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch for ruining the institution of marriage and causing her to stray from her husband and engage in an “inappropriate relationship.”

Hildegard of Bingen to be canonized Hildegard of Bingen, the 12th-century German Benedictine nun who was also known as a composer, philosopher, writer and physicist, will be named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2012.

Controversial Facebook Data Yield New Paper Earlier this year, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on a controversy that arose when a team of Harvard researchers downloaded some 1,700 Facebook profiles from one college class without asking the students’ permission.

Zimbabwean MP arrested for saying Mugabe is homosexual A Zimbabwean MP has been arrested for allegedly calling President Robert Mugabe a homosexual.

Gitmo Forever? Congress’ Dangerous New Bill For nearly 10 years now, Guantanamo Bay’s military prison has been an international symbol of United States lawlessness and a recruiting boon for al-Qaida.

How Gay Media Helped Sink the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger There are many stories to be told about the collapse of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

What It’s Like to Be James Franco’s Professor His English professor at Yale reveals that the actor rarely missed a discussion, even when filming in Detroit.

Mitt Romney Spent the Vietnam War in a French Palace Like many hawkish politicians of his generation, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney managed to avoid serving in the Vietnam War through family connections.

Michele Bachmann’s socialist summer Rep. Michele Bachmann is a huge fan of the State of Israel for biblical and foreign policy reasons.

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