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A House Republican spoke out against anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist on Tuesday, saying his no-tax pledge and demands for "ideological purity" are responsible for "paralyzing Congress" during a time when a discussion about tax reform should be a high priority.

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China, which carries out more executions than any country -- Iran comes in a semi-close second -- is pledging to reduce the number of people killed by the state. While far from abolishing the death penalty, the government is narrowing the definition of execution-worthy crime.

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A new study looking at virginity pledges -- promises made by teenagers to wait until marriage for sex -- has found that such vows largely fell flaccid, as sexual behavior of pledged teens was little different than non-pledgers, and that, hilariously, a whopping 82 percent, five years later, had either forgotten or denied taking the pledge.

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