Pope Benedict Gay Blackmail Allegation May Be More Than Just Speculation

A provocative report links the pope’s resignation to blackmail and an alleged network of gay clergymen in the Vatican. The Vatican has something to hide, but it's hardly a secret.

What Channel Are the Oscars 2013 On?

The most basic details of any given thing can be the easiest to forget, like the time and place of the Oscars! If you don't know which channel will be airing the ceremony, we've got the answer.

7 Countries Beefing Up Their Militaries in Today's More Dangerous World

China, Japan, India, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Russia are all fast outpacing the US in defense spending. This trend doesn't come as good news to the US and its allies.

Xbox 720 and PS4 Will Usher in Latest and Last Generation of Video Game Consoles

The debut of Sony's PS4 will become the swan song of traditional console-based gaming, as innovations in distribution, hardware, and interfaces will revolutionize the gaming industry.

Hollywood vs. Bollywood: An Interview With Filmmaker James Kicklighter

PolicyMic chats with film director James Kicklighter about Hollywood's influence on Bollywood and whether local films are being pushed out by global productions.

5 Issues Democrats and Republicans Agree On

Partisan rancor in D.C. has many Americans believing that the two parties can't concur on anything. That's not true - here are five issues Democrats and Republicans agree on.

'Downton Abbey' Season 3 Finale Shockers: Top 5 Most Surprising Moments

The 'Downton Abbey' season finale dealt another set of highs and lows to the Crawleys and their faithful servants. Here are the five most surprising moments from the episode.

Oscars Live Stream: Where to Watch Online

Live stream of the 85th annual Academy Awards with red carpet footage beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

New York Times Tesla Controversy: Electric Car Future Strong Regardless Of Tussle

Though the highly-publicized dust-up between Tesla Motors and the Times has put both in a bad light, there's no changing the fact that electric and hybrid-electric vehicles are the future.

XBox 720 Release Date: Microsoft Answer to PS4 Comes in April

XBox 720, Microsoft's response to Sony's Playstation 4, will be announced in April after the 2013 Game Developers Conference.

How Many Oscars Has Daniel Day-Lewis Won?

So far two, but after this weekend probably three.

Academy Awards Live Stream: Watch the 2013 Oscars Online

Watch the 2013 Academy Awards online.

Media Scandal Surrounding a Fake News Story Epitomizes the Sorry State Of Journalism Today

The "Friends of Hamas" scandal illuminates two key problems with contemporary journalism: media bias and hyper-competitiveness.

What Do the Catholic Church and Right-Wing Politics Have in Common? Hypocrisy

The Catholic Church, with its regressive views on human sexuality, has found a natural ally in the far-right politics championed by American conservatives.

Oscars Nominations 2013 LIVE: Academy Awards Announcements As They Happen

Academy Awards nominations for the 2013 Oscars will be announced on January 10 at 8:30 a.m. EST. Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone will announce this year's nominees. Follow along LIVE.

Rand Paul Announces He's Giving Back $600,000 to Treasury: But is He Actually Doing Anything Special?

Rand Paul may have given unspent dollars from his operating budget back to the Treasury this year, but so did a lot of other lawmakers.

China Air Pollution: Airmageddon Will Force China to Curb Greenhouse Gases

With air pollution soaring to record levels in Beijing, it looks like China is finally ready to start reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a move that will have an impact around the world.

Meet the Students Who Will Achieve What Occupy Wall Street Couldn't

The International Student Movement, which is pushing to change policies that inhibit accessible education, may pick up where Occupy Wall Street left off.

Mississippi Newspaper Gay Marriage Article: Backlash Unpromising For State's Progress

A local newspaper in Mississippi caused a stir for publishing a front-page article on a lesbian wedding. The state has enough backwards-thinking people that marriage equality may never happen.

'Silver Linings Playbook' Oscar Nominations: Why It Won't Win Anything

At the end of the day, 'Silver Lining Playbook' is nothing more than your typical feel-good rom-com with a happy ending, and that's why it's not going to take home any Oscars.

Was Human Evolution Guided By What Men Think is Hot?

The sexual preference of males may have an impact on the evolution of the female species, although it's unclear how much so.

Sheryl Sandberg 'Lean In': Unrealistic Expectations For the Average Working Woman?

Sandberg is about to release new book, 'Lean In,' in which she encourages women to follow their ambitions, but the Facebook head runs the risk of ostracizing fellow female workers.

Will Bieber Become a Timeless Male Pop Figure Like Justin Timberlake, Or a Washed-Out Sadsack Like Aaron Carter?

JT has maintained relevance and fame for two decades, but fellow male pop star Aaron Carter didn't experience such lasting success. Which path will Bieber take: that of older Justin or Aaron?

Tim Tebow Trade Talk Takes Back Seat to Robert Jeffress Controversy

Tim Tebow has made the right move by pulling out of a scheduled appearance at the church of controversial pastor Robert Jeffress.

Prop 8: Obama Supports Gay Marriage, But is It Constitutional?

Regardless of the president's policy perspective on same sex marriage, the Supreme Court will be the final decider when it comes to same sex marriage.

Oscar Performances 2013: Adele to Perform "Skyfall" (VIDEO)

In perhaps the most eagerly anticipated performance of the night, Adele will sing "Skyfall" at the ceremony.

Andrew Cuomo's New Abortion Legislation May Not Be As Progressive As It Seems

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces intense criticism over his proposed Reproductive Health Act, which would include new protections for abortion. But some suspect he may not stand behind it.

Ann Coulter Says Pot and Gay Marriage is Why People Think Libertarians Are "Pussies"

Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter called libertarian "pussies" at Thursday's episode of Fox News Business' 'Stossel' at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.

Is Netanyahu On the Way Out?

Bibi may have to say “bye bye,” as his chances of forming a new government are slipping away rapidly as Israelis call for new elections he would likely lose.

Google Glass Price and Release Date: For Late 2013 at Less Than $1,500

Google may have hit a nerve when it announced its contest to distribute Glass before 2014 at $1,500 cause now the company is hinting at an earlier release for a lower price.

Soledad O'Brien Leaving CNN's 'Starting Point,' Returning to Documentary Reporting

The CNN host will be departing her morning show this spring to create a production company and return to documentary reporting for the network.

Remember That Hole in the Ozone? Well, It's Shrinking

The European Space Agency just showed that the ozone hole was smaller in 2012 than it has been in a decade. This ozone recovery is a triumph of international cooperation.

FBI Sexting Scandal: More Abuse Of Government Power

A recent internal report reveals that FBI agents have been engaging in their fair share of misconduct, including sending each other nude photos through government-issued phones.

Live Coverage Grammy Awards: Winners and Nominees at the 2013 Grammys

Getting excited to live blog the Grammy Awards this Sunday. I might drink champagne while I do it too, so stay tuned for live, unfiltered and maybe a little bit flirty coverage.

Oscars 2013 Prop Bets: Who Will Win?

Want to make this year's show a little more interesting? Bet on how many different Family Guy voices Seth MacFarlane uses, and how many celebs wear dead animals on-stage.

Massachusetts Announces New Policy On Transgender Schoolchildren

The state of Massachusetts has announced a new formal policy on transgender schoolchildren in a massive step forward for LGBT rights. Will other states follow?

Hugo Chavez May Have Returned, But is Venezuela Still Spiraling Into Chaos?

Hugo Chavez can no longer run Venezuela. Like a drug addict hitting rock bottom, the country is likely to get much worse before it gets better.

Samer Issawi Hunger Strike: Protest Creates Eruption Of Violence In Israel

The heart of Thursday's protest was not only to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike, but also to send a message about the injustice of administrative detention.

Oscars 2013: Why We Love to Watch Absurdly Long Awards Shows

Why do we voluntarily subject ourselves to awards shows that are longer than 'Titanic'? Because we love that amid unemployment, guns and war, borrowed jewels can for a moment make everything OK.

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Summer 2013 Tour Stops Announced

After a week of unconfirmed rumors, Jay-Z and JT announce that they'll tour North America together this summer. Here's everything you need to know so far.

5 Weird Robots You've Never Heard About

From robots that mimic swine flu to robots that will try on your clothes for you, robotics is changing the world in ways you may never even have heard of.

Sheryl Sandberg 'Lean In': Women Must Recognize, Fight Gender Stereotypes in Workplace

With Sandberg releasing a book on women in the workplace, it's time to acknowledge the reality that high-powered women will be considered feminist leaders whether they like it or not.

3 Things the Government Needs to Stop Doing

The government is out to protect you and me even if it kills us, but here are some things we wish it could do less of.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Oscar Nomination: Will It Ignite Protests in the Muslim World If It Wins?

The possibility of protests around the world against 'Zero Dark Thirty,' an Oscar nominee for best picture, should inspire Americans to reexamine U.S. foreign policy.

3 Ways the Sequester Will Harm Women

The sequester will disproportionately marginalize women, Here are three ways how and why.

Ed Markey Will Be the Next Democratic Nominee For the U.S. Senate: Here's Why

In the primary battle in Massachusetts between Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch, Lynch's moderation and organizational weaknesses make Markey the clear favorite.

7 Reasons This is the Weirdest NBA Season in Years

The 2012-13 NBA season has been...weird, to say the least. Here are some of the strangest occurrences thus far.

States Preparing to Go It Alone

With states drafting emergency plans for autonomy (including issuing their own money and replacing federal institutions), what form will the New Union take?

Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence 2013: Could it Be J-Law's Big Night or Will a Wild Card Sneak in?

The Best Actress Oscar race is full of firsts. From the oldest ever nominee, Riva, to the youngest, Wallis, this could be the most exciting category. Lawrence is the favorite at the moment.

Best Original Screenplay Oscar 2013: Boal Will Take Home the Oscar

Follow along live with Mike Calabrese as he breaks down the winners, would-bes and wardrobes from the 2013 Academy Awards.

CPAC 2013: Did the GOP Deliberately Ban Gay Republicans?

What does the banning of conservative gay rights groups from the CPAC tell us about American politics?

Sequestration 2013: This is the Perfect 6 Point Plan Congress Should Follow

The sequestration is upon us and Washington is not making any progress. A new grand plan including revenue-producing proposals and large spending cuts is necessary.

Sherry Rehman Blasphemy Probe: A Result Of Failed Diplomatic Efforts On Our Part?

Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S. is being investigated for blasphemy, which could land her the death penalty. This goes to show our diplomatic efforts in the country aren't enough.

Razzie Awards 2013: 'Breaking Dawn 2' Leads the Nominee Pack, Of Course

The Golden Raspberry Awards will be handed out to the worst films of the year on Saturday night. Here's a recap of the nominees (and shame on you if you spent money on any of them!).

Do Freelancers Need Their Own Union?

Job creation has been a high priority on the national agenda, particularly for millennials, but more attention needs to be paid to what kinds of jobs are created.

Give Supreme Court Justices Term Limits

The U.S. Supreme Court needs term limits, maybe even more so than Congress. Nine justices can fundamentally reshape the visage of America, by force and without consent.

Climate Change: Are Government Preventative Measures Worse Than the Problem?

Average global temperatures are rising, but it is naive for world leaders to believe that they can rearrange the world economy to control world-wide temperatures. It's also quite dangerous.

Oscar Nominees 2013: Adorable Children Re-Enact Best Picture Nominees (VIDEO)

If you haven't seen this year's Best Picture nominees, don't bother: these adorable kids will bring you up to speed on everything you need to know.

Marco Rubio CPAC Speech Will Highlight More Of the Same Losing Strategies For the GOP

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been called the savior of the Republican Party, but until the GOP changes its fundamental message, all he can do is rearrange the desk chairs on the Titanic.

20 Questions That Either Came From OkCupid! ... Or 'The Master'

Here is a list of questions taken from the "Questions" section of OkCupid!, and from the "processing" scene in cult flick 'The Master.' Online dating, it turns out, is a lot like joining a cult.

The Death Of the Penny and Postal Service Are a Positive Sign Of the Times

Debates over the penny and the USPS represent dated concerns of America. The future is already here, very different ... and not that bad.

Daniel Day Lewis Will Win Best Actor: Oscar Predictions 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis owns the Best Actor category this year. While there are four other nominees who had great performances, no one really cares. Day-Lewis played Lincoln expertly and will win.

Oscars 2013 Predictions: Daniel Day-Lewis Will Win Best Actor

DD-L has every possible advantage in this category. Here's why he'll win.

Best Original Screenplay Predictions: Zero Dark Thirty Will Win the Oscar

The Oscar for Best Original Screenplay looks like it will be going to 'Zero Dark Thirty.'

No, Chuck Hagel Did Not Take Donations From "Friends of Hamas"

Andrew Breitbart may have passed on, but his site continues to live — and now it's spreading vicious false rumors that Chuck Hagel took money from Hamas.

FBI Sexting Scandal: What You Need to Know, Oscar Pistorius Gets Bail, and All the News Millennials Should Read

My take on the the stories that every millennial should read, as featured in this morning's Mic Check.

Academy Awards Nominations 2013: Full List Of Nominees

All the nominees at the 85th annual Academy Awards.

YouTube Obama, Cheney, Bush Gay Marriage Ad: Watch the Video

President Barack Obama, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former First Lady Laura Bush are joining forces to support gay marriage.

Academy Award Nominees 2013: Full List Of Oscar Contenders

All the nominees at the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Best Original Song Oscars 2013: 'Skyfall' Will Win

Best Original Song looks like it will be going to 'Skyfall' at the 2013 Oscars.

Oscar Nominees 2013 List: The Top 7 Categories

Follow along live for the latest Academy Awards winners and commentary.

Oscar Pie Charts, from Vulture

For anyone who has missed this year's Best Picture nominees.

Hugo Chávez Cancer Taking Its Toll: Why It Won't Matter Who Succeeds Him

Chávez's presidency may be coming to an end due to his cancer battle. If someone else steps in, it's unlikely that the new leader will have drastically different ideas or policies.

What Time Are the Oscars?

A very good question. The 2013 Oscars air at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Oscars 2013: Who Will Win, and Other Top PolicyMic Stories

A round up of some of the best PolicyMic articles published recently, as featured in this morning's Mic Check.

Google Chromebook Pixel: What to Expect, Brussels Diamond Heist: Bizarre Crime Coincidences, and Everything You Should Check Out Today

A collection of cool stuff from around the web, as featured in this morning's Mic Check.

Who Will Win Best Actress? Oscars Predictions 2013

If we were giving the prize, Emmanuelle Riva would be taking it home.

Oscar Nominations List 2013

Full list of Academy Award nominees.

Who Will Win Best Picture? Oscars Predictions 2013

The Oscar for Best Picture will, probably, go to Argo.

Oscar Nominations List 2013: Full List Of the Nominees

List of nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards.