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As one of the world's largest news outlets, The Associated Press' linguistic mandates significantly shape the broader vernacular. So when the organization this week decided to stop using the term "illegal immigrant," it was a big victory for objectivity and against the propagandistic language of bigotry.

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"Illegal" describes an action, not a person, says The Associated Press; Vice President Joe Biden claims television shows like "Will & Grace" helped change the American public's attitude toward gay marriage; meanwhile, Kansas legislators are close to passing a law that would quarantine people with HIV. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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A huge rally will converge in Phoenix on Saturday with activists calling for federal action to address Arizona's immigration problems. At the center of it all is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man accused of racial profiling in his notorious crusade against undocumented immigrants.

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Despite the American penchant for xenophobia, a report from two policy institutes concludes that legalizing the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would boost wages, consumption, jobs and tax revenue.

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When emotions run high about certain hot-button issues, good judgment can fall by the wayside, and facts can get lost in the shuffle. Luckily, the helpful researchers at FactCheck.org are around to round them up again, as they've done here with President Obama's health care speech.

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