Nashville Season 2 Music: The Real Country Artists Behind the Show's Hit Songs

Sure, the actors are doing the singing but somebody has to write all those great lyrics.

How Much Public Money Does Your State Spend on NFL Football? Check This Chart

The NFL is a non-profit organization that is highly subsidized by taxpayers. What gives?

Welcome to the Silk Road: An Inside Look At the Darkest Corner Of the Internet

The first and only extensive crawl through the deep web’s covert drug trade — and what it means for our online futures.

Who Caused the Government Shutdown? Obama and the Democrats are at Fault

President Obama's approach to the debt ceiling is nothing more than bet in which Americans lose until he wins.

Marijuana Legalization: If You Live in Louisiana and Love Pot, It Sucks to Be You

Cross the border from Louisiana to Mississippi, and 20 years in jail could become five days. Why do different states have such different drug laws?

This is What 'The O.C.' Looks Like On Turkish TV

Warner Bros. has become the first production company to partner with a Turkish television station and adapt an American show for a Middle Eastern audience.

9-Year-Old Girl Writes Letter to Congress Telling Them to Grow Up

When this Kentucky girl's school trip to a national park is cancelled, she takes her frustrations directly to Congress.

Government Shutdown: 8 People Who Are Actually Happy About It

While most people criticized and even joked about the government shutdown, here are a few that are probably thrilled it happened.

'The Mindy Project' Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: God Wants Casey to Be a DJ

Last night on 'The Mindy Project,' Mindy's fiancée decided he's a DJ, and the practice hired a new doctor.

'The Mindy Project' and the Trouble With 'Gray Area Rape'

The furor over gray-area rape on the show bring up some very important, very uncomfortable questions. What's a feminist to do?

Terrorism in Africa: An Inside Look At the 3 Most Dangerous African Terrorist Groups

The recent siege at Nairobi's Westgate mall, the massacre at a Nigerian university, and last year's international intervention in Mali bring Africa's insurgencies to international attention.

Boycotting Olympics 2014 or World Cup 2022 Would Have Major Repercussions

The Olympics are more than just a sporting event; they're diplomacy on a large scale. Skipping them would do more harm than good.

Banksy Invaded New York, See His Street Art at 18 Allen Street

The famous English graffiti artist, Banksy, has made a surprise debut in New York City. Unfortunately, his 'vandalism' has already been vandalized.

What is a Continuing Resolution?

The current government shutdown briefly explained.

'New Girl' Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: The Schmidt Hit the Fan

Nick, Jess, Schmidt, and Cece plan a double date on which nothing goes right.

Here's That Jesus Dildo Someone Apparently Asked For

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. - Psalm 23:4

Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' is a Mesmerizing Peek Into the Teenage Mind

Lorde's debut album takes feelings that people are afraid to dwell upon, and holds them up as a main attraction.

Vladimir Putin's Nobel Peace Prize Nomination is the Latest Insult to the Notion Of Peace

Putin's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is alarming and disturbing. It calls for the global community to re-evaluate its collective understanding of what "peace" even means.

Government Shutdown Question: Would the Founding Fathers Fight Liberalism?

An overview of American history exposes the lie in right-wing claims about progressive economic policy proposals.

Ted Cruz and Tea Party Republicans Reveal Their Job Plan: A Massive Layoff Program

Ted Cruz and Tea Party Republicans just laid off 800,000 workers. How's that for a Republican job plan?

Rebel Wilson's 'Super Fun Night': When Fat Jokes Are Just Lazy

Are fat jokes funny or do they just make people uncomfortable? Can Rebel Wilson engage social bias with her new show, or is her writing just lazy?

The 3 Questions That Every American Should Ask About Obamacare

From millennials to Southerners, as the Affordable Care Act rolls out this week, keep these questions — and populations — in mind.

The Key to Improving Education in America? Tackle Poverty

An NGO's experience in South Africa can provide some clues for America's education reformers.

What You Probably Missed When Reading 'Romeo and Juliet'

Shakespeare's most famous tragedy is returning to Broadway, making it a good time to take a second look at the play, and the playwright himself.

3 Positives and Negatives Of the World's Most Successful Product Ever

News that the iPhone is the most successful product ever gives us a chance to evaluate the role of smartphones in our lives — for better and for worse.

5 Movies That Would Make Amazing Broadway Musicals

With 'Big Fish' opening on a Broadway stage this fall, we took a look at what other stories could do with a musical adaptation.

10 Top #governmentshutdown Happy Hours in D.C.

Government shutdown keeping you from going into the office? Don't let it stop you from enjoying the Washington, D.C. social scene.

Joe Biden's "Classified Document" Actually Coloring Book, Says White House

After Joe Biden was photographed with" classified" material, the White House assured that public that the vice president does not hold any national security secrets.

New Fracking Study Could Completely Shift the Debate

University of Texas Austin just released a study showing that fracking releases fewer emissions than previous thought. It will help swing the debate over fracking in favor of the gas industry.

10 Best Countries to Grow Old in

The 2013 Global AgeWatch Index Survey ranked countries by quality of life for the elderly. The results may surprise you.

This Boy Was Suspended From School For Pointing His Finger

Yet another student has become a victim of the anti-gun hysteria in a public school. If all schools were private, we wouldn't have to worry about it.

7 Congressmen Tell PM Readers How to Deal With the Shutdown

PolicyMic asked several members of Congress what they would say to young people watching the partisan squabbling during the government shutdown. Some of their answers may surprise you.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: Skye is Good At Stuff, Too

In this week's episode, the team Agent Coulson goes on a high-flying Peruvian adventure. After all, nothing fosters team building like imminent disaster.

Myanmar Riots: Media is Ignoring Anti-Muslim Violence in Southeast Asia

Riots are escalating in Myanmar, and it remains a vastly under reported story.

5 Creative Ways to Avoid Online Ads

Is the onslaught of internet advertising giving you the blues? Here are some free, and some not-so-free suggestions to help you cope this holiday season.

Public Schools to Take the Heat in Government Shutdown, But Loans Will Stay Intact For Now

While private schools may seem sheltered, and student loans safe for the time being, the situation surrounding public education is deteriorating frighteningly fast.

Forget Impeachment! This Christian Host Wants a Military Coup Against Obama

Evangelist Rick Joyner has called for the military to overtake the Obama administration. America's right wing is increasingly frequent to make such ridiculous comments.

The U.S. Government Thinks These Things Are More "Essential" Than Cancer Treatment for Kids

Due to the shutdown, kids with cancer won't be getting treated at the NIH. Apparently, that isn't an "essential" function of government. Meanwhile, Congress is drunk and unable to fix anything.

Federal Government Shutdown: Congress Fails to Pass Spending Measure

Day 2 of the government shutdown brings an invitation to the White House for congressional leaders, eyeing a potential end as the two parties remain at odds.

The One Graphic Proving How Much the U.S. Pays For Health Care — and How Little It Gets

Even as the insurance marketplace opens in spite of the government shutdown, I'd rather be far away from the U.S. when it comes to health care for all.

7 Answers You Need to Read From Glenn Greenwald's Reddit AMA

The Guardian US's Glenn Greenwald and Janine Gibson answered questions on Reddit AMA on Oct. 1 — here are seven best answers from the session.

Jim Inhofe: Blame Harry Reid For the Shutdown, Not Republicans

In a statement to PolicyMic, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) gave a unique answer on how he thinks millennials can deal with disillusionment with politics.

The NYC Girls Project is Another Misfire From Nanny Bloomberg

"So you think you're really pretty?" - Mean Girls

Rebel Wilson Is What a Real Role Model Looks Like

What makes her different from many other female celebrities? She's expanding our idea of what the female celebrity can look like.

Malcolm Gladwell's 'David and Goliath': Big Thoughts of an Intellectual Giant

Malcolm Gladwell's new book, 'David and Goliath,' is out this week. Where has his thought taken us so far?

This Law Will Give Millennials The Power to Hold Politicians Accountable

By changing the way in which the government calculates debt and the future cost of new laws, the INFORM Act could be a huge help to the millennial generation.

The Simple Reason I Support the New Health Care Law

Our families depend on the security of having health coverage. The Affordable Care Act provides that security.

Millions Shop Online For Obamacare As the GOP Fights to Take It Away

The government shutdown and Republican opposition to funding Obamacare have not stopped people from applying for health insurance as online healthcare exchanges received 10 million hits Tuesday.

Mic Check: Wait Until You See the Stunt These World War II Vets Pulled

Today's PolicyMic newsletter, featuring analysis of the world's top news and a collection of links from around the web.

Obama Invites Congressional Leaders to White House

I wonder what they'll be chatting about

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