Stop Hiding From the Truth

In politics, believing lies is one thing. Disbelieving truths is much worse.

Not a former neighbor.

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People believe all kinds of crazy things. Three out of four Americans believe there are signs that aliens from outer space have visited the Earth. More than 40 percent think that early modern humans co-existed with dinosaurs. As of 2010, Americans on average thought the U.S. spent a full quarter of its federal budget on foreign aid (the actual figure was about 1 percent).

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