Kony 2012 Invisible Children, Facebook's Chris Hughes To Buy New Republic, and 3 PolicyMic Highlights

PolicyMic Highlights of the Week

1) Jeff Danovich exposed the failures of Veterans Affairs to keep their promises and support veterans’ college educations. After being shared by many PolicyMic readers, the Department of Veterans Affairs responded to Jeff that they are looking into the situation. This is a great example of the power of sharing each other’s work and affecting change.

2) Nada Zohdy published an incredibly timely, succinct, and thoughtful piece about International Women’s Day. After being retweeted by the @WomensDay and many other high profile leaders, the pieces went viral with 1,373 shares and counting!

3) A high-ranking former U.S. Marine Corps veteran came to PolicyMic to discuss the increasingly complicated situation in Iran. His piece, and the subsequent discussion, was linked to and mentioned on RealClearWorld and Antiwar.com, among other places. Dr. Hammes told us that he was “impressed with quality of the comments” on his piece.

Friday Feedback – In an attempt to get more users more involved and invested in discussing on PolicyMic, we are considering allowing Anchors the ability to contribute shorter pieces claimed from the Story Queue. What do you think about allowing users to publish earlier, but in a more controlled manner?

Economic numbers – New numbers show payroll employment rose by 227,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.3 percent.

Experts – Indians Use Facebook, Twitter, and Mobile Phones to Fight Corruption– India specialist Natasha Malpani describes how a new generation of Indians is using social media and technology to mobilize to fight the endemic corruption eating away at the country’s growth and development.

Also see free market economics expert Christine Harbin's take on Matt Yglesias' new book The Rent is Too Damn High.

Top Stories – Kony 2012 is No Scam (Avantika Krishna) – I have worked with Invisible Children for the past two years, before Joseph Kony was well-known and before it received publicity through the now famous video. I can say, wholeheartedly, that Invisible Children is not an organization that’s only after your money and that it is definitely not a scam.

The Funniest Dictionary of American Politics You'll Ever Read (Michael Luciano) – As a public service, I have composed the following lexicon of some oft-used words in American politics to help cut through some of the b.s. (This is seriously awesome!)

Top 5 Things That Make America Weird (Matthew Feeney) – Coming from the UK, I find that American politics offer a level of theater, hilarity, depression, and confusion that no other country can match. Here are the top five issues that most set America apart from Europe culturally and politically.

#1 Religion

Study of the Day – Eating chocolate for breakfast is good for your diet (The Atlantic).

Friday Fun – Change.org may be the next viral internet explosion (Bloomberg);Party workouts are a growing phenomenon (NY Times); Is high fructose corn syrup really bad for you? (Gizmodo)

What We’re Reading – Condi Rice op-ed: A group who can end Putinism (Washington Post); Wink or blink on Iran? (The Economist); 29-year-old Facebook co-founder is buying the New Republic (NPR); Time for a spring cleaning in Congress (The Atlantic).

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