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Jan. 18, 2013

What is An Assault Weapon? Nothing More Than a Scary Term Created By Politicians and the Media

Prior to 1989, the term "assault weapon" did not exist in the lexicon of firearms. It is a political term defined by cosmetic attributes rather than lethality.
Jan. 18, 2013

Quvenzhané Wallis Oscar Nomination: 9 Things to Know About the Best Actress Nominee

Quvenzhané Wallis is known to many as a talented little superstar, but here are some lesser-known facts about the youngest Best Actress nominee.
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Jan. 18, 2013

The U.S. Should Legalize Assisted Suicide By Euthanasia

The U.S. should legalize euthanasia to protect administrators from further trauma.
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Jan. 18, 2013

10 Senators Who Are Actually Proving Bipartisanship is Alive and Well in Congress

In today's climate of political extremes, you’d be hard pressed to find any lawmakers who don’t vote lockstep along party lines at least 90% of the time. But these 10 are exceptions to the rule.
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Jan. 18, 2013

TSA to Shelve Controversial "Nude" Full Body Scanners, Due to Privacy and Cancer Concerns

The TSA confirms it is getting rid of airport body scanners that produce a naked image of travelers. These controversial scanners raised privacy and public health concerns.
Jan. 18, 2013

5 Reasons Pinterest is The Absolute Worst

At best, it inspires you to strive for a better life. At worst, it makes you fat, forces the pro-anorexia movement on you, drains your bank account, and distracts you at work.
Jan. 18, 2013

Spring Breakers Trailer: Watch Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson in New Trailer

On March 29, James Franco, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Selena Gomez hit theaters in the new film 'Spring Breakers.' Judging by the trailer we're in for gritty, dirty, and a little badass.
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Jan. 18, 2013

Chris Christie Keeps Defending Obama, and is Losing Republican Supporters As He Does So

NJ Governor Chris Christie called the NRA's new ad, attacking Obama over security in schools, "reprehensible." His recent lack of party loyalty is equally reprehensible.
Jan. 18, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty Trailer: Kathryn Bigelow's Film Trivializes the War on Terror

The film "Zero Dark Thirty" normalizes concepts such as "enhanced interrogation techniques," the violation of civil liberties and permanent war.
Jan. 18, 2013

75% Of Millennials Are Pro Choice, And 65% Are Pro-Life. Wait. What?

A study by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that millennials simultaneously identify as pro-life and pro-choice, reflecting America's age-old ambivalence over abortion rights.
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Jan. 18, 2013

Obama and the NRA Agree On One Thing in the Gun Control Debate: Blame Video Games

Video games don't make us more violent. Gamers shouldn't panic about the recent targeting of games in discussions of gun violence.
Jan. 18, 2013

YouTube Sundance: Watch Festival Film 'Black Metal' Here

This year Sundance Film Festival shorts can be viewed online free of charge; no need to travel to Utah. Watch the short film 'Black Metal,' the story of a murder done in the name of a metal band.
Jan. 18, 2013

Dear Abby Dead: Writer Behind Famed Advice Column Dies At 94

Pauline Friedman Phillips, the woman behind the iconic advice column "Dear Abby," has passed away at the age of 94.
Jan. 18, 2013

'Argo,' 'Lincoln,' and 'Zero Dark Thirty': Why 2012 Became the Year Of Political Movies

'Lincoln,' 'Argo,' and 'Zero Dark Thirty,' are a trinity of American political movies that trace over 100 years of our nation's history; they provide the opportunity for some national reflection.
Jan. 18, 2013

Le Comte Ory At the Metropolitan Opera: An Incredible Work Of Art

The production of Rossini's 'Le Comte Ory' at New York's Metropolitan Opera House delivered an incredible work of art to the audience. A star is born as Pretty Yende shines.
Jan. 18, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty How Factual: Kathryn Bigelow's Film is Too Malicious to Deserve An Oscar

'Zero Dark Thirty' has received five Oscar nominations. But is a film so controversial and so dangerously subjective really worthy of such accolades?
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Jan. 18, 2013

Will Obama's $500 Million Gun Control Plan Save a Single American Life?

Is gun control worth the price? The true test of Obama's gun reform policy will be to determine if the cost actually produces results — in this case saving lives.
Jan. 18, 2013

Sundance Film Festival 2013: Watch Sundance Films Online Free

This year Sundance Film Festival shorts can be viewed online free of charge; no need to travel to Utah. Watch the short 'Catnip: Egress To Oblivion,' which gives the in-depth scoop on catnip.
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Jan. 18, 2013

Cory Booker and the Politics Of Egomania

Democrats hope that Cory Booker has a bright and long future in the party, but the Newark mayor's pomposity will ultimately be his downfall.
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Jan. 18, 2013

Why Does Every U.S. Politician Try to Claim Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Dr. King's message is broad enough that today virtually every political movement in the country wants to claim it as part of their own.
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Jan. 18, 2013

The NDAA Ensures That Closing Guantanamo Bay is Impossible

The new NDAA bill ensures the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, threatening national security more than it helps.
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Jan. 18, 2013

Hillary Clinton Benghazi Testimony: 5 Questions For the Outgoing Secretary of State

Clinton will be asked tough questions in next week's Senate hearing on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. Here's a look at how she may be grilled.
Jan. 18, 2013

Manti Te'o Made Up His Girlfriend: He's Still Not As Bad As Michael Vick

Te'o is next in a long line of athletes mired in scandal, but the most important question is not whether or not he participated in a hoax, but whether or not you care enough to stop being a fan.
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Jan. 18, 2013

War With Iran is Only One Option, Says Israeli Ambassador to France

There are several routes to establishing peace in the Middle East that avoid war with Iran. Diplomacy top among them, says Israeli ambassador.
Jan. 18, 2013

'Argo' Oscars Chances Are Looking Bright

'Argo' has a good chance to come away with the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director, which would be huge for Ben Affleck's career.
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Jan. 18, 2013

The New York Times Says "Courtship" is Dead: Millennials Disagree

Recently, the New York Times claimed that 20-somethings are too preoccupied with Facebook to know how to change their relationship status IRL. Here's why they're wrong.
Jan. 18, 2013

Mindy Kaling is a Role Model For Everyone, Not Just Women Of Color

We can't just call Mindy Kaling a role model for women, or a role model for Indian women. Mindy Kaling goes beyond gender and race to emerge as someone we can all look up to.
Jan. 18, 2013

Gun Violence Solution: Tax Violent Video Games

A Republican congresswoman from rural Missouri has an unconventional solution for gun violence: tax violent video games like we do alcohol or cigarettes.
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Jan. 18, 2013

Algerian Hostage Crisis LIVE: 30 Hostages, 1 American, Killed in Failed Military Operation

Algerian military forces have attacked the BP plant where 7 Americans and dozens of foreigners were taken hostage Wednesday - resulting in up to 35 civilian deaths and 14 militants killed.
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Jan. 18, 2013

Lady Gaga's Apartment Raided For All Assault Weapon Bras

If all assault weapons are going to be banned, then Gaga's menacing-looking bras are fair game.
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Jan. 18, 2013

Inauguration Day Performance Lineup 2013

Who is performing on inauguration day? Beyonce, Alicia Keys, James Taylor and many, many more.
Jan. 18, 2013

The Carrie Diaries CW: A Pale Imitation Of Sex and the City

'The Carrie Diaries,' the new 'Sex and the City' prequel, reinvents the beloved Carrie Bradshaw, and it gets the cultural icon all wrong.
Jan. 18, 2013

We've All Been Talking About Abortion the Wrong Way For Years

Pro-choicers refuse to acknowledge the arguments of pro-lifers, and pro-lifers refuse to answer what they really mean by "life." Even the questions we ask about abortion are wrong.
Jan. 18, 2013

FCC Asks FAA to Allow Cell Phones On Flights, Unless You Have An Analog Phone

The FCC has asked the FAA to reconsider it's ban on using cell phones on planes. Unless your phone is analog (which it's not), it shouldn't be a problem.
Jan. 18, 2013

Video Tour of International Space Station Unlocks What It's Like to Live in Space

Outgoing commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams, gives a video tour of what it's like living in space. It's probably the shortest longest video you'll ever watch online.
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Jan. 18, 2013

What's Driving 14 Million American Women to Binge Drink?

Women are drinking more than ever, including successful, well-educated women who are taking to the bottle and perpetuating a culture of binge drinking.
Jan. 18, 2013

Sundance 2013: Watch Sundance Film Festival Shorts On YouTube

For the first time ever, even if you aren't at the Sundance Film Festival, you can be there in spirit ... and virtually. Watch footage of the festival here.
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Jan. 18, 2013

7 Things Republicans Are Talking About At the House GOP Retreat, Narrated in GIFs

The House Republicans have retreated to Virginia in order to regroup and repair the GOP's image after resounding defeats in 2012. Here's what's going on behind those doors, illustrated in GIFs.
Jan. 18, 2013

Oprah Interview With Lance Armstrong: Why Armstrong is Not to Blame For Doping Scandal

Lance Armstrong is expected to release a confession during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey. Looking at the Armstrong case, the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of American society.
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Jan. 18, 2013

Jack Lew is a Boring Budget Geek ... But That's Exactly What We Need

Jack Lew was an unusual choice, but an appropriate one, a strong signal that the Obama administration is serious about actually trying to solve our debt problem.
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Jan. 18, 2013

Israeli Knesset Elections: What to Expect Next Week

Israel will hold elections for its main legislative body on January 22. With a continuing rise in right-wing parties, look for conservative politics to be the continued norm.
Jan. 18, 2013

Elizabeth Banks Of 'Hunger Games' Claims You're Not a Real Mom Until You Have 2 Kids

"Two is very different from one. When you have one kid, you feel like you can jet set around ... You don’t realize how easy one is until you have two."