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It's Independence Day weekend—which states are the most excited about that? A new study by financial website Wallethub found that Virginia is by far the most patriotic state in America based on “military engagement” and “civic engagement." Washington, Colorado, Idaho and Alaska took the second, third, fourth and fifth most-patriotic spots, respectively. The least patriotic? Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York. The survey also found that in 2001, 38 percent of Americans said the U.S. was the best country in the world, and in 2014 that number fell to just 28 percent. See where your state ranked (and see how they calculated everything) here. Discuss

We're sad to say Bubble Wrap is going away, because economy. Since 1957, box openers everywhere have received minutes of curiously satisfying entertainment from little fireworks-sounding air pockets—you know, the only part of shipments that matter. Well, forget passing this joy on to your children. Several sources are reporting that Bubble Wrap sales aren’t keeping up with the market, causing Sealed Air Corp. to shutter its uncontested all-time greatest product. The company will attempt to revamp its packing product for "space-conscious manufacturers." The new Sealed Air Corp. product? iBubble Wrap. Besides apparently taking no more than two seconds to name it, Sealed Air now wants us to get behind a new wrap that doesn’t include a pop. Though the new product may be cheaper to ship, it seems a high price to pay considering the millions of package recipients who will now be denied the catharsis of popping Bubble Wrap. Discuss

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Shocker: Christians remain dramatically divided concerning last week's same-sex marriage ruling. When a new survey by Barna Group asked if they “strongly” or “somewhat” favor the Supreme Court’s decision, 28 percent of “practicing Christians” said they do. When it comes specifically to Catholics, 53 percent agreed, but only two percent of evangelicals favored the decision. That’s starkly different from the 76 percent of no-faith responders who said they favor the SCOTUS's ruling. Of evangelicals, 86 percent—by far the largest percentage of any individual group—said “same-sex marriage is morally wrong.”

Despite these objections, 51 percent of Christians and 24 percent of evangelicals said they “agree that Christians can support legal marriage for same-sex couples and also affirm the church’s traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman.”

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The cable network TV Land has pulled reruns of the show Dukes of Hazzard from its schedule following an ongoing national debate over the Confederate flag. The symbol is featured prominently on the Dodge Charger known as the “General Lee” driven by the duo on the show. Use of the Confederate flag—on public grounds, in pop culture and as a piece of merchandise at stores—has come under scrutiny following the murder of nine people at a historic black church by a racist gunman in South Carolina—a state that still flies the Confederate flag on their State House grounds. Several stores, including Target, Amazon, Sears and Walmart, have stopped selling the flag in their stores. Alleged church shooter Dylann Roof was a white supremacist who posted pictures of himself posing with the flag online. Discuss