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Jan. 16, 2013

Arrested Development Season 4: 5 Reasons Why This Will Be the Best and Worst Season Yet

Fans are rejoicing because 'Arrested Development' will be back for its fourth season in May. Here are five reasons why this will be both the best and the worst season yet.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Gun Control Facts: Homicides and Violent Crime Have Dropped 50% Over the Last 20 Years

Gun control advocates would lead us to believe that crime, murder, and violence are rampant and growing in the U.S. But FBI data shows the U.S. is at a 20 year low on all counts.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories Go From Idiocy to Active Harassment

Conspiracy theorists have launched their most bizarre series of accusations yet: Sandy Hook never happened. And now, they're attacking bystanders to the incident as accessories to the crime.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Adam Lanza and James Holmes Copycat Shooters Are the Result of One Thing: The Media

The country’s problem is not video games, movies, or flimsy gun laws. The problem is the media hype.
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Jan. 16, 2013

How Millennials Are Responding to Coca Cola's New Anti-Obesity Campaign

Coca-Cola launched a global advertising campaign this week showcasing its efforts to address the obesity crisis in America. We asked three top PolicyMic pundits to respond.
Jan. 16, 2013

Google Doodle For Today: Frank Zamboni Given Highest Honor By Search Giant

Wednesday's Google doodle honors Frank Zamboni -- a man whose last name even non-hockey fans should be familiar with.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Obama Gun Control Speech: His 23 Executive Orders Won't Accomplish Much

President Obama signed 23 executive orders related to gun control. Some of these orders are good steps, but many are rhetoric and won't accomplish much.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Flu 2013: Illness Being Hyped to Unnecessary Levels

As the seasonal flu strikes hard this year, we must all be aware of ways to prevent it. At the same time, we don't want to get too caught up in the media coverage.
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Jan. 16, 2013

New York Gun Control: Toughest Gun Laws in America Won't Solve Anything

Because of the reclassification of many weapons, this law has turned thousands of New Yorkers into criminals overnight.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Alex Jones Circulates Petition Urging Rep. Steve Stockman to Impeach Obama

Alex Jones' time in the spotlight isn't over yet: in his most recent rant, he urges Obama's impeachment and for all Americans to “stand up to evil or get on your knees as a willing slave."
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Jan. 16, 2013

10 Absurd Tweets Comparing Hitler to Obama

Twitter has reached a conclusion: OMG, Obama is totally just like Hitler. I mean, did you really expect anything else?
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Jan. 16, 2013

NYS SAFE Act: Andrew Cuomo Signs Law Imposing Burdensome Gun Regulations

Going beyond the controversy over the New York State Secure Firearms and Ammunition Enforcement Act of 2013.
Jan. 16, 2013

ASAP Rocky Album Review: Long Live Asap is a Modern Rap Triumph

'Long.Live.A$AP' is diverse, deep, and focused. The songs are wild and ig’nant, well-structured, and potent. A$AP Rocky has a new vision for modern rap music and he's not afraid to show it.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Marijuana Legalization: State Laws Matter Little to the Feds

Obama clearly explains federal law must change to end marijuana arrests and incarceration in states.
Jan. 16, 2013

Oscars Predictions 2013: What the Argo Golden Globes Win Means For Oscar

The Golden Globes cap off a week of awards season madness with a great telecast full of humor and moving speeches. But what does it all mean for the Academy Awards?
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Jan. 16, 2013

Rape is Not An Accident, So Stop Making Excuses For It

The increase in violence against women in North Dakota due to an influx of unmarried men forces us to ask the question whether these are isolated events or more common than we think.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Obesity in America: 5 Ways Companies Should Be Addressing the Health Crisis

Coca-Cola recently launched a new campaign that tackles the issue of obesity in America — here are five ways food and drink companies should be addressing the problem.
Jan. 16, 2013

Beasts Of the Southern Wild Oscar Chances: Film Should Win Best Picture

Nominated for four Academy Awards, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' is the best movie of the year. The film is unlike anything to ever grace the big screen.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Live updates Jyoti Singh Pandey: How Steubenville and Delhi compare

Live updates of the discussion the world's largest democracy is having about women's rights, Jyoti Singh Pandey trial, and Delhi's anti-rape protests
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Jan. 16, 2013

Why is the State Of Florida Paying James Tracy $65,000 to Peddle Conspiracy Theories About Sandy Hook?

Florida taxpayers are paying a full-blown conspiracy nut to teach Communications at an institution of higher learning.
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Jan. 16, 2013

NYC Soda Ban Leads to Court Fight Over the Role of Government

Months after proposing a maximum beverage size of 16 ounces for sweetened beverages — infamously mangled as the NYC Soda Ban — Mayor Bloomberg found approval. Then he was sued.
Jan. 16, 2013

Sundance Film Festival 2013: Joseph-Gordon Levitt Debuts Don Jon's Addiction

'Don Jon's Addiction,' Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut will premiere early January at Sundance. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and 1980s sitcom star Tony Danza.
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Jan. 16, 2013

President Obama is Not the Realization Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream

A recent 'Washington Post' article equates President Obama to the realization of Dr. King's dream. This position undermines Dr. King's dream as well as the continued struggle of black Americans.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Ann Coulter Takes the Racial Plunge On Gun Crime

Racial coding: Check. Comparisons of two things that can't be compared: Check. And it's only Tuesday.
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Jan. 16, 2013

New Video Shows Egyptian President Morsi Calling Jews "Descendants of Apes and Pigs"

Morsi has made it clear that he opposes U.S. policy interests in the region and that he desires the extinction of the state of Israel.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Live Updates Jyoti Singh Pandey: Rape survivor commits suicide

Live updates of the discussion the world's largest democracy is having about women's rights, Jyoti Singh Pandey trial, and Delhi's anti-rape protests
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Jan. 16, 2013

Meet the Generation That Will End Gun Violence in America

Gun violence is a major problem for all Americans. Millennials know the importance of curbing gun violence, and we have innovative ideas to make mass shootings a thing of the past.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Hugo Chavez Succession: For Venezuela, Next Steps Are As Uncertain As Leader's Health Declines

The implications of what is to come for Venezuela may be unclear, but one thing is certain: the country cannot sustain this state of limbo for much longer.
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Jan. 16, 2013

The Second Amendment and Gun Control Can Co-Exist

With the safety of our children at stake, it is our duty to move forward on the low-hanging fruit of gun reform, but with an eye toward the freedoms enshrined in our Bill of Rights.
Jan. 16, 2013

16-Year-Old Girl Takes a Stand Against Slut-Shaming On Social Media

16-year-old Temitayo Fagbenle took to the airwaves to explain the phenomenon of "slut shaming" on social media sites, interviewing students who posted provocative pics of their peers online.
Jan. 16, 2013

Lance Oprah Interview: What Armstrong Will Not Tell You

Will the disgraced cyclist address accounts that he bullied teammates into doping? Or fess up to all the illegal substances he's been accused of using?
Jan. 16, 2013

Destiny's Child Nuclear Sets the Stage For Super Bowl Halftime Show

On Sunday, February 3, Beyoncé will reunite with Destiny's Child to perform at the XLVII Super Bowl Halftime Show live from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Obama Gun Control Executive Orders Will Look to Fix the Mental Health Problem in America

Obama announced his plan to address gun violence and gun control brought on by the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Mental health is a top priority.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Glenn Beck Announces Plans to Build Self-Sufficient Libertarian Paradise

Glenn Beck announced his plans for 2013 and beyond last week, including the building of a theme park-like city.
Jan. 16, 2013

John McAfee Movie Rights Purchased By Warner Bros.

The famed life of programmer John McAfee could be coming to the big screen.
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Jan. 16, 2013

NYC Soda Ban is An Infringement On Civil Liberties: Other Cities Should Not Follow Suit

As the grace period for Bloomberg's soda ban winds down, we need to understand the ramifications of the ban beyond not being able to "super-size-me."
Jan. 16, 2013

Resident Evil: What If Raccoon City Banned Assault Weapons a Month Before the Resident Evil Outbreak?

When getting taken over by the undead, your greatest weapon is your ... weapon.
Jan. 16, 2013

Sundance Film Festival 2013: Utah Conservative Group Wants to Kill "Obscene" Film Festival

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 17 to the 27, and Utah's conservative Sutherland Institute is protesting the movies "Lovelace" and "Two Mother" for being obscene.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Obama Gun Control Plan: Use Children to Sell It to the American People

President Obama will announce his gun control plan Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by children. Will this backdrop help sell his ideas to the public? It's not what Clinton did.
Jan. 16, 2013

Sandy Hook Has Been Sensationalized Beyond Recognition By the Media

What united us in horror soon tore at us politically, and the news media was more than happy to fan the flames.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Did Congressional Republicans Really Vote to Prevent Rape Investigations?

The SAFER Act, which would have reallocated federal funding to better process rape kits, is being disputed in the House and Senate, yet another example of how Congress failed American women.
Jan. 16, 2013

Is It OK to Laugh At Grown Men Crying?

From Barney on 'How I Met Your Mother' to Troy on 'Community,' grown men crying have become a staple on TV. But are grown men crying just a cheap laugh, or are they high comedy?
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Jan. 16, 2013

Apple a Day: iPad Could Become Required Daily Part Of School Curriculum

A Massachusetts school district has proposed that every fifth grader purchase a personal iPad for classroom use. But do 10-year-olds really need constant iPad access?
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Jan. 16, 2013

NRA Releases Video Game, After Blaming Video Games For Sandy Hook Shooting

Just three weeks after NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre called video games the "filthiest form of pornography," the gun rights group has released an iOS app where the user can 'blast out bullets.'
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Jan. 16, 2013

SHOT Gun Show: 60,000 People Expected for Las Vegas Gun Show

A Newtown, Connecticut, based weapons industry group is hosting a massive Las Vegas gun show: and attendance is expected to exceed 60,000 just a month after the Sandy Hook shootings.
Jan. 16, 2013

Planned Parenthood Advocates Against "Pro-Life" and "Pro-Choice" Labels in Surprising New Video

A new video from Planned Parenthood's "Not In Her Shoes" campaign is a stark shift away from pro-choice rhetoric, reflecting the increasing confusion about abortion rights in America.
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Jan. 16, 2013

5 Companies That Are Changing Their Tune on Obesity

From Kraft Foods to Walt Disney, five companies that are tackling obesity ... that you might not expect. Is it genuine change?
Jan. 16, 2013

Writers Guild Nominations 2013: Only 2 Women Make Nominee List

Only two women were nominated for the Writers Guild Award in 2013, but this may be completely coincidental.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Debt Ceiling Deadline: Despite Partisan Threats, Deal Will Be Bipartisan

With the debt ceiling limit rapidly approaching, neither side is caving. President Obama refuses to negotiate, while Republicans insist on big spending cuts.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Jack Lew Nomination: Why Are Women Never Considered for Treasury Secretary?

President Obama's pick for secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, reminds us that in U.S. history, a woman has never held that office. Here's why Obama's pick matters.
Jan. 16, 2013

Matisse Exhibit Met: What Instagram Learned From Matisse

The Met exhibit 'Matisse: In Search of True Painting,' showcases the artist's penchant for recreating the same images over and over again. Let's imagine Matisse as the very first Instagrammer.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Obama Health Spending: 4 Innovative Solutions to Improve America's Waistline and Reduce Health Spending

President Obama's second term provides a great opportunity to tackle the obesity crisis and all of its various causes head on. Here are a few ideas to get things started.
Jan. 16, 2013

'NRA: Practice Range' Video Game Undeservedly Takes Heat From Critics

The NRA is back in the news again ... this time for a new shooter video game for mobile devices. Critics are appalled the game teachers players "how to shoot" at a shooting range.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Hostage Crisis in Algeria: Americans Taken By Al Qaeda-Linked Militants

The attack is reportedly in retaliation for Western action against Islamic insurgents in the neighboring country of Mali.
Jan. 16, 2013

Ilyse Hogue: NARAL Pro Choice Announces Hogue As Nancy Keenan Replacement

Much fanfare and excitement greet NARAL Pro Choice's announcement of their new president. Incoming Ilyse Hogue will bridge generational gaps when it comes to abortion rights.
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Jan. 16, 2013

3 Reasons Why John Brennan is An Outstanding Pick For CIA Director

While some have critiqued Obama for picking John Brennan, the architect of the U.S. drone warfare policy, for CIA director, he's the best person for the job. Here are 3 reasons why.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Will 2013 Bring An Economic Recovery, Or Just More Debt?

Debt will again be at the front of global economic headlines this year, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
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Jan. 16, 2013

John Brennan CIA: 4 Questions the Senate Intelligence Committee Should Ask Obama's Appointee

John Brennan’s nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency has attracted far less attention than President Obama’s other second-term appointees. Why?
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Jan. 16, 2013

Should a Single Federal Agency Be in Charge Of 20% Of American Land?

As Ken Salazar steps down at the Department of the Interior, we should consider whether the department is necessary in the first place.
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Jan. 16, 2013

More Uncertainty for an Independent Scotland in the European Union

The first minister of Scotland dismissed concerns that an independent Scotland would be forced to join the Euro single currency, raising further concerns about independence preparations
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Jan. 16, 2013

New Video Game Lets You Shoot NRA President David Keene In The Head

An amateur gamer has released a demo of his "Sandy Hook Shooting Spree FPS" in which the player can shoot NRA President David Keene in the head.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Soda Bans Are a Gimmick, Will Not Solve America's Obesity Crisis

With its over-simplicity and somewhat draconian character, Mayor Bloomberg's soda and sugary drinks ban makes a show of anti-obesity policy. It shouldn't be a law that's copied.
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Jan. 16, 2013

3 New Year's Health Resolutions You'll Actually Be Able to Keep

Obesity is striking America like a great plague. Everyone from politicians to soda manufacturers are trying to do their part to fight off this social evil. Here are three steps you can take.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Americans Kidnapped By Islamic Rebels May Be Act of Revenge For Algerian Support of French Attack On Mali

Seven Americans and dozens of other foreign nationals have been kidnapped by Islamic rebels in Algeria in apparent retaliation for that country's support of French anti-rebel operations in Mali.
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Jan. 16, 2013

From Class Warfare to Big Government, This 1925 Inauguration Speech Echos the Problems Obama Faces Today

Calvin Coolidge, in his inauguration speech, touched on many of the problems still being debated in America today.
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Jan. 16, 2013

Hazard Community College Shooting: 2 Killed In Kentucky, One Day Before Obama Gun Control Speech

Two adults were killed and one child injured during a school shooting at Hazard Community and Technical College in Southeast Kentucky, one day before President Obama's speech on gun control.