The Hobbit Movie Release Date: Out Friday, Amid Controversy

Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is out on Friday. Will the movie's stunning effects and intriguing story finally overcome its many rumors and controversy?

Why Vaccines Should Be Mandatory For Most Americans

Vaccines prevent the spread of disease and save lives, and most Americans should be required to get them.

121212 Sandy Concert Raises Over $50 Million For Hurricane Victims

Thanks to the generous of the attendees and those watching at home, tends of millions of dollars were raised last night for people displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Bill O'Reilly Demands What? Fox News Host Makes Outrageously Hypocritical Plea

Bill O'Reilly is flying off the rails this week on the subject of "civility" in public discourse. Of course, he's the biggest hypocrite of all.

Clackamas Mall Shooting: Shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts Trained Using Video Games

Remember anti-video game crusader Jack Thompson? He's now saying Portland mall shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts trained on video games.

27% of Fortune 500 Companies Have No Women Executives

A new report reveals that women hold only 16.6% of all Fortune 500 company board seats, and 27.8% of these companies have zero women serving as executive officers. Here's why it matters.

The Hobbit Movie Release Date: Out Friday, Hobbit 3D Makes People Sick

Despite his critics, Peter Jackson said 'The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey's' new 3D technology provides a more realistic feel and it's perfect to watch on your iPad.

Victoria's Secret Pink: Consent is Sexy, But Censorship By Facebook and Twitter is Not

The "Pink Loves Consent" hoax promoting consensual sex and conversations about rape has prompted an angry response from Victoria's Secret, and censorship from Facebook and Twitter.

US-China Relations: Why Obama's 'Asia Pivot' Strategy Could Lead to Disaster

President Obama is unnecessarily escalating tensions with China with an aggressive push to expand U.S. military presence in the Pacific.

Kim Jong-un Wins TIME Person of the Year By Readers: 'Sexiest Man Alive' Gets 5.6 Million Votes

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has already been awarded the Sexiest Man Alive title for 2012 by The Onion, and here’s why he should also be named TIME "Person of the Year." (UPDATED)

121212 Concert Review: A Nirvana Fan Accepts the Paul McCartney Situation

Picking someone so un-Kurt-like was a nod to his irreplacability. By choosing Paul, the organizers acknowledged that any attempt at approximation would be disappointing and depressing.

Hugo Chavez Death Watch: If the Venezuela President Dies, Who Will Replace Him?

Two men are likely successors of Chávez revolution: Vice President Nicolás Maduro, favored by Chávez, or Diosdado Cabello, the most powerful man in Venezuela after Chávez himself.

Fracking Ban: Future of Upstate New York Decided in 90 Days

Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration has kicked the can down the road once again regarding a decision four years in the making: whether to lift a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

John McAfee Wants to Return to the United States After Being Released From Jail

The embattled and eccentric anti-virus software pioneer, and bath salts enthusiast, says he doesn't want to return to Belize where he is sought regarding a murder investigation.

Fiscal Cliff 2013: Four Myths The Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Are Based On

The media, pundits, and leaders from both political parties continue to warn of the impending fiscal cliff. Amidst all this chatter, four myths are being promoted as established fact.

121212 Concert at Madison Square Garden: Ticket Controversy Plagues the Sandy Benefit

Tonight, Madison Square Garden will be packed with some of the world's biggest music stars: Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney. But ticket proceed debates continue.

12 12 12 Horror: Texas Dad Carves Pentagram on Son

Richland Hills police said a North Texas man is accused of carving the back of his 6-year-old son. He said he did it because "it's a holy day."

4 Holiday Gifts that Feminists Will Actually Appreciate

Struggling to know what to buy for the special feminist in your life? Don't worry. There are plenty of ways to festively fight sexism, racism, and class discrimination this holiday season .

DOMA Repeal: The Real GOP Argument on Same Sex Marriage

Does the GOP's relative silence on the recent DOMA developments in the Supreme Court indicate an increasingly progressive cultural climate in America?

Immigration Reform: Republicans Will Never Win Over Latinos In the Immigration Debate

The GOP thinks they can regain relevance by pandering on minority issues, but they're wrong.

The Guilt Trip Release Date: On December 19 Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand Tackle Holiday Humor

'The Guilt Trip' is a road trip comedy about a mother and son's cross country drive. It also looks like it perpetuates the Jewish mother shtick. Where does this caricature come from anyway?

Susan Rice Controversy: Susan Rice's Personality Did Her In

Susan Rice withdrew her name from the list of candidates to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. It was all about her personality.

War With Iran: America Could Go to War If We Don't Let UN Inspectors Do Their Jobs

Remember 2003, when we went to war in Iraq over WMD's that didn't exist? The same thing could happen in 2013 if United Nations investigators aren't allowed to do their job in Iran.

This Is 40 Trailer: Judd Apatow Stays True to His Knocked Up Roots

'This is 40,' a Judd Apatow spin-off of 'Knocked Up,' is set for theatrical release this December 21 (that is, if the Mayans were wrong about the world exploding).

Oscars 2013: The Academy Awards Have Lost Their Integrity

Oscar season is nigh. We love the spectacle, but is it healthy to celebrate the concentration of high culture and wealth, or support this tainted byproduct of our love affair with celebrity?

Clackamas Mall Shooting: Victim Kristina Shevchenko Survives Car Crash, Then Gets Shot at Portland Mall

15-year-old Kristina Shevchenko survived a shopping mall shooting in suburban Portland, Oregon, just months after suffering a head-on car crash with her family.

12-12-12: Why this Day Matters to a Bunch of Weird People

The date is 12-12-12. Numerologists around the world are rejoicing, leaving the rest of us scratching our heads.

Lonerism Review: Tame Impala Creates a New Type of Listening Experience

What happens when you completely shut yourself off from the rest of the world and allow your ears and your mind to be at the mercy of the new album from Australia's most potent psych-rockers?

Marijuana Legalization: High Drivers Now a Major Concern in Washington, Colorado

Marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington. One of the thorniest issues state officials are now trying to figure out is how to deal with high drivers.

Rust and Bone Movie Review: Marion Cotillard is Epic in This Drama

Marion Cotillard has been nominated as best actress for her performance as a whale trainer in 'Rust and Bone.' The Golden Globe Awards 2013 will be held on January 13.

TIME Person of the Year 2012: Kim Jong-un is a Scary Pick, But it Makes Sense

Online groups may have gamed the poll at Time magazine proclaiming him to be the readers' favorite candidate for the famous prize, but Jong-un is no joke. Here's why he deserves the award.

Why the Libertarian Party is a Lost Cause

The Libertarian Party is in need of dose of reality.

Marco Rubio is Going Bald

'Esquire' magazine 'outed' Florida Senator Marco Rubio's hair 'problem.' OMG Marco Rubio is going bald. So is Prince William, and he still married Kate Middleton.

Washington Gay Marriage: Volunteering At Seattle City Hall

Last Sunday, hundreds of same sex couples were legally married for the first time at Seattle's city hall. Millennial couple Alexandra and Nathan Rouse were volunteers at the historic event.

Jacob Tyler Roberts is the Clackamas Oregon Shooter

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said police has yet to find the motives behind Tuesday's fatal Oregon shooting where two victims and the gunman were killed.

New York Taxi Vote: New Yorkers Can Now E-Hail Taxis

As all New Yorkers know, finding a taxi in this urban jungle is a bit of a nightmare. Thursday, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to approve e-hailing cab apps.

War on Christmas: Fox News is Wrong to Target Atheists

Christians have frequently accused atheists of waging a war on Christmas, but the opening salvo came long ago, and it wasn't fired by the godless.

Fox News: How the Right-Wing Echo Chamber Lost the GOP the Election

The Republican Party's increasing addiction to Fox News and the fairness bias in the mainstream media left them caught off guard by the November election results.

Google Maps App on iPhone 5: A Sign That Google is Edging Ahead in Battle of Tech Rivals

Score one for Google and Apple iPhone users. The full Google Maps app is available again in the iTunes store. It's party of a worrying trend for Apple as it loses market share.

Why a College Degree is Worth In, Even in These Economic Times

College is still worth the effort in order for people to market themselves to future employers.

Why Affirmative Action Arguments Totally Miss the Mark

Critics of affirmative action have recently pointed out that Asian-Americans have a peculiar relationship to race in college admissions, but often fail to note the intersection of race and class.

Fiscal Cliff 2013: Polls Show Everyone Wants Compromise, as Long as Their Side Wins

A new poll shows that everyone wants a compromise, they just don’t want their party to back down on any of the issues that are preventing a compromise from being reached.

The 15 Celebrities Who Are Twitter's Biggest Stars of 2012

What better way to recap the year than by taking a look at the biggest Twitter stars of 2012?

Cal State Fullerton Manhunt: Armed Robbery Suspects Set Off Campus Wide Lockdown

Yesterday, police searched for two armed robbers on the campus of California State University, Fullerton.

11% of Millennials are Unemployed, But 76% Are ... Happy?

Are millennials part of the American pursuit of happiness? Studies show that contrary to what you might think from reading Thought Catalog or the New York Times, the kids are alright.

North Korea Rocket Launch: This Surprise Test Will Destabilize Northeast Asia

The surprise North Korean rocket launch has caught the world off guard. This missile test is part of a troubling trend for Kim Jung-un that adds to regional disputes brewing with his neighbors.

Jimmy Carter is OK With Legal Weed, Will Obama Agree?

Former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn't think legalizing weed would lead to an increase in consumption. Does the current Democratic president agree?

Right To Work Arguments: Opponents Are Making The Wrong Arguments, Here Are the Right Ones

Opponents of "right-to-work" laws are in the right, but they're making the wrong arguments and getting steamrolled by Republicans. Here's what they should be saying.

Geminid Meteor Shower 2012: Where to Watch

The who, what, where, when and why of what is anticipated to be tonight's spectacular shower.

Did You Know 'Return of The Jedi' Cut Three Lady A-Wing Pilots?

The newly released Blu-ray edition of 'Star Wars' has oodles of extra, never-before released footage. Fans discovered three new A-Wing pilots, cut from the final edition, and they're all women.

Chuck Hagel: This Republican Would Be an Amazing Secretary of Defense For Obama

Hagel, a Republican and decorated Vietnam war veteran, understands war, and that's what America needs right now.

Susan Rice Controversy: UN Ambassador Withdraws Her Name

UN Ambassador Rice sent a letter to President Obama withdrawing her name from consideration to replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Here are Obama's other options.

TIME Person of The Year 2012: Why It Should Be Organized Labor

From the teachers' strike in Chicago to the Michigan union violence, the labor movement helped shape our narrative this year, which is why the 2012 Time Person of the Year should be Labor.

EU Bank Deal Reached: How the Agreement Endangers State Sovereignty

New policies concerning the Euro zone's banking system are an egregious encroachment on the financial sovereignty of its member states.

Michigan Right to Work Bill: Labor is Declining But Can Rebuild With These 3 Things

The Michigan Right to Work bill is not the end, if the labor movement can justify its importance and the way it funds its cause.