6 Biggest Problems With Mandatory Gun Background Checks

Gun control advocates propose universal background checks for all gun purchases, but here are six reasons they just won't prevent gun violence on their own.

Yahoo Hacked: CEO Marissa Mayer Faces Hacking Incident During First Year On the Job

If you're wondering if your Yahoo account was been hacked, wonder no more. It was. This was a global incident for new mom and CEO Marissa Mayer.

5 Huge Lies From the Right Wing Media That Conservatives Still Think Are True

Conservative media have invented stories that were accepted as gospel. These stories are completely made-up or go through a conservative spin machine to twist facts, and were never corrected.

Academy Awards Live Stream 2013: Watch LIVE Here

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

Quentin Tarantino Oscar Speech Proves Director Really Only Loves Himself

Tarantino's Best Original Screenplay win at the 85th Academy Awards validates everything that we've ever thought about the man ... he really loves himself.

DOMA: U.S. Makes a Historic Defense Of LGBT Rights At Supreme Court

Never before has the U.S. government defended LGBT people in the highest court of the land. That will soon change.

Sequester 2013: It's a Largely Fabricated Drama By Our Leaders

Sequestration, a self-imposed deadline for politicians to cut federal spending, is days away and could throw the United States back into recession. Who's to blame?

YouTube Ang Lee Best Director Acceptance Speech Oscars 2013

Ang Lee! Ang Lee! Ang Lee!

The Most Disgusting Moment Of the 2013 Oscars Was a Tweet Attacking a 9-Year-Old Girl

"The Onion," known for its satire, saw universal pushback for ugly, disparaging comments about 9-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis.

'Boston's Finest' TV Show: Just a Police PR Stunt?

The upcoming reality TV show will document the day-to-day lives of Boston police officers, but will it provide an opportunity for critical engagement or simply promote the BPD propoganda?

The Science Behind Your (Likely) Addiction to Junk Food

Food companies have purposely engineered junk foods to be addictive. How does the addiction work, what are the consequences, and what can we do about it?

Oscar Winners 2013: Academy Award Winners, Nominees, and LIVE Updates

Mark your calendars, the 85th annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 24. Stick around for all the live updates on the winners and nominees from Hollywood's biggest night.

Naomi Watts 'We Saw Your Boobs' Gif

Naomi Watts didn't appear to love Oscars host Seth MacFarlane's "We Saw Your Boobs" musical number.

Seth MacFarlane Oscar Jokes: 10 Best One-Liners From This Year's Host

The host's greatest jokes from the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Les Miserables Oscar Wins: Why I'm Glad it Didn't Win Best Picture

Victor Hugo's book was not meant to be entertaining — it was meant to advocate against social injustice.

23 Gifs That Perfectly Sum Up the 2013 Oscars

Never forget the wonder that was the 85th Annual Academy Awards. J-Law tumbled, 'Argo' won, Seth MacFarlane kidded around, and so many people sang that it was just crazy.

Oscars 2013 Live Stream: Watch LIVE Here

Follow along LIVE for the latest Academy Award award updates and commentary.

YouTube Oscars Acceptance Speech: Complete Round-Up of the 2013 Oscars

All the best PolicyMic articles covering the 85th Academy Awards, as featured in this morning's Mic Check.

Oscars 2013 Live Stream: Watch LIVE Here

Follow along live for the latest Oscars award winners and commentary.

Jennifer Lawrence Falling at Oscars Gif

Oh, J-Law, you're just so darn adorable.

7 Reasons Why the 2013 Oscars Were A Waste Of Time to Watch

I watched the entire Oscars program on Sunday night, and on Monday morning I feel ashamed that I did. Here are 7 reasons why.

Oscars 2013: Predictions, Winners, Nominees and LIVE Updates

Follow along here for LIVE blogging of everything you need to know about the 2013 Academy Awards.

Does a Cut-Throat Office Culture Help or Hinder Productivity?

Those who believe they're not being adequately rewarded will always flee, so workplace hostility hurts everyone in the long run.

Mitch McConnell vs. Ashley Judd: The Most Epic Election Battle Of 2014

Judd's potential Senate bid against Mitch McConnell could be explosive. Where is she strong, where is she weak, and how can McConnell defend himself?

Sequestration 2013: The Average American Will Be Hit the Hardest

At this point, it looks like we're going over the deadline for automatic spending cuts. It won't be the politicians who suffer from this, though; it will be the workers lower down the food chain.

Drone Warfare Medal: Critics Are Getting it All Wrong

However, given the order of precedence for military medals, criticism of the placement of the new Distinguished Warfare Medal for remote warfare is misplaced.

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

From Jennifer Lawrence to Anne Hathaway to Bradley Cooper, here are the 85th Academy Awards' fashion hits and misses.

Oscars Snubs: Zero Dark Thirty and Steven Spielberg Top List

'Zero Dark Thirty' snubbed at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

Oscars 2013 LIVE Blog: Live Stream, Nominees, and All the Updates

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

7 Things Michelle Obama Isn't Allowed to Do According to Conservatives

Michelle Obama appeared at the Academy Awards on Sunday to present the Oscar for Best Picture, which is one of the many things she's not allowed to do according to conservatives.

Seth MacFarlane's Hosting Gig Proved That Hollywood is Still the Ultimate Boys' Club

Everybody always likes to complain about the Oscar ceremony, but last night's was particularly dire. The Academy needs to self-evaluate and not invite MacFarlane back — ever again.

Oscars 2013 LIVE Online: Updates On Winners, Nominees, and Ben Affleck

Check here for pre-show analysis, live updates, gifs, and snarky comments about how terrible the Oscars really are.

Oscars 2013 Live Stream: LIVE Updates On All the Winners and Nominees

If you read my tipsy commentary on the Grammys, stay tuned for more of my unfiltered rants, as I live blog the Oscars. Live from my sweatpants, with a glass of pink champagne near you.

Argo Wins Best Picture-Michelle Obama and Jack Nicholson Present the Award

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

Duke University Tries to Rehabilitate Its Fratty, Sexist Image With Feminist Bloggers

Duke gets a lot of bad press for the crude actions of a few fraternity members, but the students working to change the university get far less attention than they should.

Seth MacFarlane Oscars 2013: Not a Bad Host

MacFarlane has received a lot of flak for his crude humor during the 2013 Oscars, but here's why he did a good job hosting the show.

Seth MacFarlane Oscars Review: Amy and Tina Should Just Host Everything

The Oscars seeks to pay tribute to the folks of cinema, the history of movies, and the institution of The Oscars itself. So selecting Seth MacFarlane to host was self-defeating from the start.

10 States That Will Be Dramatically Affected By Sequestration

Congress will be voting on a federal sequester plan that could significantly impact each state. Why the GOP should make modifications to their sponsored plan.

Obama Organizing For Action: Unprecedented Lobbying? NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill: An Attack On Freedom

A collection of some of the most popular PolicyMic articles currently on the site, as featured in this morning's Mic Check.

Oscars Recap: All the Winners at the 2013 Academy Awards

Check back here for updates on the red carpets, acceptance speeches, and more.

Academy Awards 2013: LIVE Updates On All the Winners

Watch the Live Stream of the Oscars here and join me for live updates throughout the night.

Government Spending: Majority of Americans Support It, So Don't Blame Millennials

Millennials tend to lean left, but both liberal and conservative members of Gen Y demand federal spending.

Oscars 2013 Predictions: LIVE Updates On Winners and Nominees

Follow along for live coverage of the 85th annual Academy Awards!

Oscars Live Blog 2013: Updates On All the Winners and Nominees

Everything you need to know about the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Will 2013 Be a Banner Year For Gender Equality Around the World?

Citizens around the world have been actively mobilizing for progress on gender equality. But will governments take more strident steps to close the gender gap?

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Running For Office

One has to wonder: What would a politician who preaches absolute transparency do in office?

There Were Major International Relations Undertones When Michelle Obama Announced 'Argo' As Best Picture

Michelle Obama's dress looked great at the 85th annual Academy Awards, but her presentation didn't look nearly as good for the prospects of U.S.-Iranian relations.

Iran Nuclear Talks: Why Israel Should Play Softball With Iran

As a new round of nuclear talks opens with Iran, Israel is left sitting on the sidelines hoping the outcome will serve its interests.

Michelle Obama Oscars: Separation Of “Hollywood and State” is Simply Impossible

Did Michelle Obama "politicize" the Oscars? Given the long-standing and pervasive relationship of Hollywood and the state, we can’t expect it to end any time soon.

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren: Together Again?

Celebrated and disgraced golfer Tiger Woods was spotted happily talking and strolling with ex-wife Elin Nordegren in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 23.

Afghanistan Proves the Old Ways Of War Are Over

As U.S. forces crawl out of Afghanistan, the country retains its title of the "defeater of empires" — and shows us the perils of the modern battlefield.

PolicyMic Mixtape: 11 New Tracks You Just Can't Miss This Week

This week's mixtape is dominated by the revolutionary sounds of electronic music. Here are 11 new tracks that showcase the experimental rhythms and impressively flexible genre of electronic.

Tax Reform 2013: Democrats and Republicans Aren't So Different After All

Democrats and Republicans are constantly at odds on who is going to get taxed, and the purposes of that tax. But one thing is clear: both parties have made sure that Americans get taxed.

'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Trailer: Watch it Here

"Game of Thrones," Season 3 premieres Sunday, March 31, on HBO. Watch the trailer.

Bloomberg Soda Ban Huge Waste of Time, Effort, Money

Nanny Bloomberg’s soda ban might be helping business (a little), but it's screwing the consumer and the environment.

Domestic Drones Would Cause Major Rift Between Federal, State Governments

As states look into restricting the use of drones, it is clear that the use of these unmanned aerial vehicles will prove to be a power struggle between the state and federal governments.

Oscars 2013 Winners and Nominees: LIVE Updates From the Academy Awards

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

After 153 Years, Cooper Union Might Be Forced to End Free Tuition For Students

The paragon of excellence and merit might need to change its financial policies toward its students to make up for debt that has increased since the housing market collapsed and the recession.

Onion Quvenzhané Wallis Tweet: Unacceptable Joke About 9-Year-Old

The Onion apologizes for posting offensive tweet referring to child actress Quvenzhané Wallis as the "c" word.

Awards Season 2013: 8 Best Moments Of the Year

Sunday marked the biggest night in film after a wild and crazy awards season. From Tina Fey making Lena Dunham jokes to Jennifer Lawrence falling, here are the greatest moments of the season.

Best Oscars 2013 Gifs

Greatest gifs from the 85th annual Academy Awards

David Axelrod Joins NBC, Proving the Networks Have Abandoned Nonpartisan News Coverage

David Axelrod was recently hired by NBC News as a chief political analyst. This move by NBC proves that they are aligning themselves completely with the far left. Nonpartisan coverage is gone.

Over 1,000 Civilian Casualties a Day in the Congo Means World Military Action is Needed

The UN is renewing a focus on armed conflict in central Africa, but the horrific daily casualties in the Democratic Republic of the Conog mean more than peacekeeping is needed.

'Argo' Wins Best Picture: Iran Calls It "Advertisement For the CIA"

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' won the Oscar for Best Picture of the year, but its reception in Iran is far from warm.

YouTube Gallon Smashing Video: Watch the New Harlem Shake

Turns out, the 'Harlem Shake' is no longer the new 'Gangnam Style.' Now, 'Gallon Smashing' is.

UK's Cardinal Keith O'Brian: The New Pastor Ted?

In light of gay scandal rumors, anti-LGBT Cardinal Keith O'Brian has stepped down from his position. A move reminiscent to that of Pastor Ted Haggard who got busted with drugs and a gay escort.

Oscars 2013 Hangover: Not That Bad!

After the dust settles, sometimes it hurts. But not this year!

10 Best So So Def Rap Tracks Of the Past 20 Years

In celebration of the famed Atlanta record label's 20th anniversary, here are the 10 most memorable tracks performed by current or former So So Def artists.

'Girls' Season 2 Episode 7 Recap: Home Is Where the Heartache Is

Jessa tries to go home again, but seeing her father stirs up a lot of emotions.

Chavez Returns to Venezuela: What it Means for the Country

Voiceless and dying, Hugo Chavez has returned home in an effort to restore legitimacy to his government and secure his socialist movement's future. But is all he can do there die?

Sheryl Sandberg 'Lean In': Will Book Influence Her to Leave Facebook?

New York magazine argues it's only a matter of time before Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg leaves the social networking site. Regardless of her next move, Sandberg will be a powerful figure.

Sequestration 2013: Nothing But a Media-Invented Horror Story?

The best part of the sequester is the entertainment value. The worst part is knowing that taxpayers will be sold short.

5 Things We Learned At the 85th Annual Academy Awards

In case you need to impress your friends, or just kill time in an elevator this week, here are some facts other people might have missed about the 2013 Oscars.

Oscars 2013: Best and Worst

A look back at the best, worst, and cutest moments of the 85th Academy Awards.

The Last Big Four Awards At The 2013 Oscars


Oscars 2013: 'Argo' Wins Best Picture of the Year

Ben Affleck's period thriller takes home the big prize, as most thought it would.

Italian Elections Results: Berlusconi is Winning the Senate With 31.6%

While polls indicated the center-left should win the lower house, projections based on early vote counts suggest a victory for media tycoon Berlusconi in the key region of Lombardy.

Closing Thoughts

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

Best Actress Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis: Why Were There Condoms In Her Gift Bag?, New Pope Vatican: The Tension Between the Church and China, and Great Finds From the Internet

A roundup of great reads and cool stuff on the internet right now, as featured in this morning's Mic check.

Michelle Obama Best Picture 'Argo'

The first lady made a surprise appearance at the Oscars.

Oscar Win 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis Wins Best Actor for Lincoln

Check back here for updates on the red carpets, acceptance speeches, and more.

Argo Wins Best Picture

Watch the Live Stream of the Oscars here and join me for live updates throughout the night.

Academy Awards 2013 Winners: Full List Here

See the full list of winners from the 85th Academy Awards.

10 Critical Moments For Women Between Quvenzhane Wallis's Oscar Moment and Emmanuelle Riva's Acting Debut

Neither 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis nor 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva won an Oscar on Sunday, but looking at the 55 years between their film debuts shows the progress women have made in that time

Oscar 2013: Winners

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

Oscars 2013: Argo Wins Best Picture

The Academy gives the Best Picture Oscar to Ben Affleck's flick.

Argo Wins Best Film

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

Complete Oscars 2013 Winners List

The deserving, the undeserving, the mildly deserving ... Either way, check out the winners list.

Chris Rock Wins the Oscars Twitter Competition

Check here for pre-show analysis, live updates, gifs, and snarky comments about how terrible the Oscars really are.

Oscars 2013 Recap: Everything You Need to Know From the Academy Awards

The 85th Annual Academy awards have come and gone. What we're left with are memories of a choked up Ben Affleck, a tumbling Jennifer Lawrence, and a whole lot of song and dance.

Oscars Live 2013: The Top Four

Follow along for live coverage of the 85th annual Academy Awards!

Just When I Thought Things Couldn't Get Longer, Kristin Chenoweth Comes Back

Everything you need to know about the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Oscars Winners 2013 Full List

Full list of 2013 Oscar winners.

Oscar Winners: Argo Wins Best Picture

Argo wins best picture at the Academy Awards!

Oscar Wins 2013: Argo Wins Best Picture

Check back here for updates on the red carpets, acceptance speeches, and more.