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Feb. 23, 2013

MIT Shooting Hoax: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Campus Gunman No Real Threat

Though it's not clear what led school authorities to call the lockdown, the Associated Press says MIT's 11,000 "are famous for their smarts as well as their stunts."
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Feb. 23, 2013

Gun Control Facts: Assault Weapons Ban Would Have No Impact On Gun Deaths

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's proposed assault weapons ban and magazine restrictions would likely have no impact on mass shootings or gun crime: here's why.
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Feb. 23, 2013

Sequestration 2013: Veterans Will Be Affected

Veterans benefits are exempt from the March 1 deadline before sequestration kicks in, but just because there won't be direct cuts doesn't mean there won't be unintended consequences.
Feb. 23, 2013

Barbra Streisand Oscars Performance 2013

The Academy Award-winning actress will sing during the "In Memoriam" segment.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscars 2013 Date and Time

When are the 2013 Oscars? Furthermore, how do I watch them? Answers here.
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Feb. 23, 2013

9 Of the Most Famous Oscars in History

In honor of the Oscars and their nine major award categories, here are nine of the most famous Oscars in history.
Feb. 23, 2013

What Women Want: Will We Ever Stop Stigmatizing Short Men?

The stigma against short men can be blamed on a lot of things, but no matter the origin, it's hard to know if it will ever disappear.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscars Drinking Game: Seth MacFarlane Says You Need a Drink

If you play this Oscars drinking game and remember any part of the 85th Academy Awards, you didn't play it right.
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Feb. 23, 2013

Gun Control Debate: Why It's Being Won By the NRA

The NRA is winning the national gun control debate because they're using the right tactics, while those favoring gun restrictions fail to see the real issues surrounding violent crime.
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Feb. 23, 2013

Open Letter to MIT Professor Christopher Knittel: 5 Ways You Don't Get It On Gun Control

MIT professor Christopher Knittel recently penned an opinion piece in 'The Huffington Post' titled "Time for Real Gun Control, Not Just Window Dressing." Here's five things he got wrong.
Feb. 23, 2013

Pope Benedict Gay Scandal: Vatican Denies 'Gay Lobby' Reports

The Vatican secretariat of state issued an official statement denying Italian media reports that Pope Benedict XVI resigned due to "various lobbies, including a 'gay lobby.'"
Feb. 23, 2013

Django Unchained Oscars 2013: Quentin Tarantino and His Cinema Of American Ethics

Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained,' does what Tarantino does best: deals with moral uncertainties and forces us all to address our nation's most unpleasant histories.
Feb. 23, 2013

5 Reasons Jennifer Lawrence Should Win the Oscar For "Silver Linings Playbook"

Who should get Best Actress this year? Duh, Jennifer Lawrence — here's five reasons why.
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Feb. 23, 2013

Sequester 2013: Defense Budget Cuts Could Hurt the U.S.

The debate over cutting the Department of Defense budget completely ignores the very facts which ought to guide it. Here are 3 reasons we should be wary of massive defense cuts.
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Feb. 23, 2013

Is Nigeria the Next Front in America’s Global War On Terror?

The U.S. military is providing intelligence support to the Nigerian Army and setting up a drone base in Niger as concerns grow over Islamic militant group Boko Haram's activities in Nigeria.
Feb. 23, 2013

Barbra Streisand to Sing "Memory" at Oscars 2013

The musical legend will perform at the Oscars for the first time in more than 36 years.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscars Predictions 2013: Ang Lee Will Win Best Director

The Academy Awards: Who and what I think will win and who and what I want to win.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscars Predictions 2013: Lincoln Will Win Best Picture

The Academy Awards: Who and what I think will win and who and what I want to win.
Feb. 23, 2013

Best Actress Oscar 2013: Jennifer Lawrence Will Win

Follow along live with Mike Calabrese as he breaks down the winners, would-bes and wardrobes from the 2013 Academy Awards.
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Feb. 23, 2013

Does Rand Paul Have a Point About Princeton's 'Wasteful Federal Spending'?

Princeton science professor Iain Couzin shot back at Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for blasting his research on schools of fish as "wasteful federal spending."
Feb. 23, 2013

Adele Oscars Performance 2013: What to Expect

Adele's performance at the Oscars on Sunday is sure to have some surprises, but here's what to expect.
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Feb. 23, 2013

It's Time For Distributed Government

The old, archaic structures of D.C. need to be replaced with a government suited for the fast-paced challenges of today. Welcome to the 21st century; it's time for distributed government.
Feb. 23, 2013

Galaxy Note 8.0 Release Date: Samsung to Show Off Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2013

Samsung will be showing off its Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet at the Feb. 25-28 GSMA Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.
Feb. 23, 2013

Academy Award for Best Film Editing: A Foreshadowing of Best Picture?

Live blog for the Academy Awards 2013. Who will win at the Oscars? The excitement, the drama, all here on PolicyMic!
Feb. 23, 2013

Does South Dakota Know How Ironic Its Proposed Abortion Laws Are?

One South Dakota bill would extend the 72-hour waiting period for an abortion; another would allow doctors to refuse to test for fetal genetic illnesses if the woman might consider an abortion.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscars Red Carpet Live Stream: Watch LIVE Here

Watch live stream of the 2013 Oscars red carpet here.
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Feb. 23, 2013

Open Letter to President Barack Obama On the Education Crisis in America

The primary end of education is to provide students with the tools and skills needed to thrive as human beings and produce in a dynamic economy. Your policies have fallen short of that.
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Feb. 23, 2013

Obamacare: Why Are GOP Governors Caving On Medicaid Expansion?

GOP Governors like Florida's Rick Scott and Arizona's Jan Brewer were hardline opponents of Medicaid expansions under Obamacare. So why are they slinking back to the federal trough?
Feb. 23, 2013

NASA SpaceX Dragon Launch: Elon Musk and NASA Partner For New Flight to ISS

NASA will be launching its next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station on March 1. The Dragon capsule will be filled with about 1,200 pounds of supplies for the space station.
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Feb. 23, 2013

DOMA Supreme Court: Obama Urges SCOTUS to Stop Gay Discrimination

The Obama administration filed a legal brief Friday with the Justice Department to urge the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Feb. 23, 2013

Best Director Oscars 2013: Without Affleck and Bigelow the Race Is Pointless

The Best Director category is not even a competition this year. Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, and Tom Hopper were all snubbed. Argo is going in to the awards the favorite for Best Picture.
Feb. 23, 2013

Best Supporting Actor Oscars 2013: Christoph Waltz Will Win

Follow along live with Mike Calabrese as he breaks down the winners, would-bes and wardrobes from the 2013 Academy Awards.
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Feb. 23, 2013

Respect For Marriage Ad Will Air Without Laura Bush

The pro-gay-marriage Respect for Marriage Coalition aired a major ad this week, but former First Lady Laura Bush asked to be removed from it. What does this mean for gay rights?
Feb. 23, 2013

5 Books We Can't Wait to See On Screen in 2013

2013 should be a great year for readers and film buffs alike: here's the top five books making the jump to the silver screen in 2013.
Feb. 23, 2013

Who Will Win Best Picture? The 2013 Oscar Will Go To Argo

Argo has come into award season as the picture to beat. It has swept all the major awards at all of the most important award shows. Tomorrow night is going to be a best picture win for Argo.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscars 2013 Live Stream: Watch LIVE Here

Follow along live for the latest Academy Awards winners and commentary.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscar Predictions 2013 Best Actress

Who will win Best Actress at the Oscars? Why we're predicting Emmanuelle Riva as the winner on Sunday night.
Feb. 23, 2013

Life of Pi Oscars 2013: Why Ang Lee's Film Could Win Big

'Life of Pi' may win Best Director, as well as a slew of visual awards. It might be the biggest winner of the night.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscar Odds - Locks, Mortal Locks, and Metaphysical Certitudes

A look at what the oddsmakers are saying about the biggest night in showbiz gambling.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscar Predictions 2013 Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man

'Searching for Sugar Man' should take home the Oscar for Best Documentary at the 85th annual Academy Awards.
Feb. 23, 2013

Will Ferrell and Jack Black from 2008 Oscars: Get off the Stage, You're Boring

This is one of the funnier moments in Oscar's past.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscars 2013 Nominations: Nominees List

A full list of the 2013 nominees.
Feb. 23, 2013

5 Ways the Oscars Have Changed Since 1929

In 85 years, the Academy Awards have seen a lot of changes. Here are a few.
Feb. 23, 2013

Academy Awards 2013: Who Will Win Best Supporting Actress

Who will win Best Supporting Actress? Jaws will drop if it goes to anyone other than Anne Hathaway.
Feb. 23, 2013

Razzies Awards 2013: Full List Of Nominees

Everything you need to know about the 85th annual Academy Awards.
Feb. 23, 2013

Oscars Predictions: Nate Silver

And he's pretty damn good
Feb. 23, 2013

Kids Oscars 2013

Here is a hilarious re-enactment by kids for the best film category. It's really cute and hilarious. Did I mention it's super funny?