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"We object to Common Core because the federal government has no right imposing curriculum, imposing content standards in local classrooms when these decisions have always been made by local parents, by teachers, by local leaders," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the CPAC conventiongoers, sparking applause from the crowd. (Associated Press)

Common Core opposition unites 2016 hopefuls at CPAC, with Jeb Bush lone outlier

- The Washington Times

Likely GOP presidential contenders' calls to scrap Common Core are evoking frustration among Republicans who support the education initiative at the state level: They say the learning standards are not a power grab by the federal government and express concern that the political aspirations of a few could thwart educational improvements for millions of children nationwide.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (left) is welcomed by Pope Francis as he returns to the Vatican from the pontifical summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, southeast of Rome, on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

Benedict's resignation remembered: The pope who became a pilgrim

- Catholic News Agency

Two years after his historic resignation from the papacy, Benedict XVI's presence continues to be felt by those around him as he keeps his promise to remain in quiet and prayerful service to the Church and the world.

Madonna performs at the Brit Awards 2015 at the 02 Arena in London, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Madonna denounces rise of far right in Europe

Associated Press

Madonna is lamenting a rise in anti-Semitism and far right politics in France and Europe, re-igniting the anger of France's increasingly popular National Front party.

Dr. John Willke speaks at the first anti-euthanasia conference in Amsterdam in this Oct. 6, 1996, file photo. The doctor, who helped shape the modern pro-life movement, died at his home in Cincinnati Feb. 20, 2015. He was 89. The cause of death wasn't immediately known. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

John Willke: remembering a pro-life giant

Catholic News Agency

Pro-life leaders marked the death of Dr. John Willke by praising his adamant stand against legalized abortion and his tireless dedication to helping women and their unborn children.