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Feb. 26, 2013

Argo Fact Check: Best Picture is Full of Inaccuracies

Argo has been held up as a shining example of American cinema at the 2013 Oscars. Unfortunately, it is full of inaccuracies.
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Feb. 26, 2013

5 Reasons the U.S. Should Intervene in Syria

As the Syrian civil war rages, the U.S. continues to do nothing. America is missing an opportunity to stop a slaughter and improve its standing in the world.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Ted Cruz is Becoming a Big Problem For the Republican Party

Cruz started off as a positive figure for the right and ended up with a controversial image. He must moderate his voice if he wants a greater national role than doing Glenn Beck sound bites.
Feb. 26, 2013

YouTube: Mitchell Marcus, Mentally Handicapped Basketball Player, Scores First Basket

These touching sports clips remind us that the internet is more than just dance crazes when it comes to viral videos.
Feb. 26, 2013

Why Online Dating In New York City Doesn't Work

Online dating is meant to make it easier to meet people; in reality it makes dating 10 times more difficult. Throw the frenzy of living in NYC into the equation and you could be single forever.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Hospitals Profit By Price Gouging, and It Must Be Stopped

Hospitals have been identified as one of the biggest culprits in health care cost increases, as gouging the uninsured and under-insured has become big business for them.
Feb. 26, 2013

Will Oscars 2014 Honor 'Man Of Steel' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness'?

With 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' 'Iron Man 3,' and other geeky flicks coming out in 2013, could sci-fi films take home the golden statues at the next Oscars?
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Feb. 26, 2013

How the Sixteenth Amendment Fueled the Era Of Big Government

On the 100-year anniversary of the 16th amendment, it's important to recognize that the amendment perpetuates big government.
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Feb. 26, 2013

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Deciding to Go to College

What to consider before making this major life decision.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Sequestration 2013 Explained By Kate Upton and Ryan Gosling

A short overview of everything millennials need to know about the sequester, as featured in this morning's Mic Check newsletter.
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Feb. 26, 2013

North Korea Propaganda Video Sets Obama On Fire, But Don't Jump to Any Conclusions

The most recent video out of Pyongyang paints North Korea in the confrontational foreign policy colours we know and love, but quiet changes suggest the reality is different
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Feb. 26, 2013

Aaron Swartz Said Elite Schools Are Intellectually Dead: He's Wrong

The late Aaron Swartz was disappointed in Stanford's lack of an "intellectual atmosphere." But maybe a more pragmatic, hands-on education is a good thing.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Sequestration 2013: This is So Pathetic, Washington

The sequester would reduce the growth of federal spending over 10 years from $47.2 trillion to $46.1 trillion. If Washington is panicking over this, is real spending reform even possible anymore?
Feb. 26, 2013

8 Breathtaking Photographs That Won the Famed World Press Photo Contest

The 2013 World Press Photo Awards announced its winners February 15. See the amazing photos that captured incredible moments of 2012.
Feb. 26, 2013

London Cat Café: Customers to Enjoy Coffee and Cat Cuddles

Is this really the face you want staring back at you while you refuel in the morning?
Feb. 26, 2013

Indiana Ultrasound Bill: Mandatory Double Ultrasound Switched to Just One

Indiana Right to Life head says transvaginal ultrasounds don't feel much different than sex and that women undergoing abortions should have no issue enduring them as such.
Feb. 26, 2013

Titanic II: Australian Billionaire Unveils Blueprint For Titanic 2

Palmer announced that the ship will be built in China and begin carrying passengers in the third quarter of 2016.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Illinois Special Election Results: Robin Kelly Wins in 2nd Congressional District

With the majority of precincts reporting, Robin Kelly wins the Democratic primary and will likely become the next representative to the U.S. Congress: Illinois special election results.
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Feb. 26, 2013

75 Republicans Vote to Take Down Prop 8 — Is the GOP Finally Ditching Homophobia?

75 prominent Republicans, including Jon Huntsman and a former Reagan speechwriter, signed a brief supporting an overturn of Prop 8. Does this mean the GOP is finally changing?
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Feb. 26, 2013

Blue Texas: Will Red Texas Go Blue in 2016?

Democrats trying to turn Texas Democratic by 2016 have a hard hill to climb, but the new Battleground Texas project will make it exciting to watch nonetheless.
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Feb. 26, 2013

FISA Supreme Court Decision Makes a Mockery Of Civil Liberties

The Supreme Court has ruled that plaintiffs in a suit filed against FISA do not have standing because they can't prove if the secret program they're challenging has adversely affected them.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Shelby County v. Holder: An Ironic Supreme Court Case During Black History Month

Shelby County v. Holder is an opportunity not only to celebrate past civil rights accomplishments, but also to remind us of a continuing struggle against racism.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Sequestration 2013: Elizabeth Warren Slams GOP Sequester Plan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren disapproves of the GOP-backed sequestration plan, indicating that Democrats and Republicans are far from a compromise.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Italy Election 2013 LIVE Updates: Divided Results Point to Run Off Election

A general election took place in Italy on February 24–25 to determine the 630 members of the Chamber of Deputies and the 315 elective members of the Senate for the 17th Parliament.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Millennials Prefer Head Lice to Congress, Study Finds

Just 22% of millennials view Congress favorably, preferring head lice and a host of other awful things to the legislature.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Obama Israel Trip: U.S. Media Miss a Critical Point in Reporting Obama Invitation to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinians are extending an invitation to Obama while he's visiting Israel, but it comes with certain demands. How Obama responds could have significant political repercussions.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Illinois Special Election Live: Full Results, Updates and Analysis

On Tuesday, Illinois voters went to the polls in the Illinois special election. Robin Kelly won the Democratic primary and is now heavily favored to win in the general election on April 9.
Feb. 26, 2013

DWTS Season 16 Contestants: Meet the New Dancing With the Stars Lineup

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Baltimore Ravens playerJacoby Jones and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump headline the new group of contestants.
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Feb. 26, 2013

China Cyber Attacks: How Washington Can Prepare For the Worst

The Cold War may be over, but a new era of espionage has emerged that requires the same level of government attention.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Should I Take An Unpaid Internship?

Taking on extra financial strain to work for free can be a tough decision, but if you know that it's what you need to do, then you may have to bite the bullet. Being rich doesn't hurt.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Pete Domenici Love Child Scandal: Politicians Not Above Rules

Pete Domenici's revelation that he fathered a child outside his marriage isn't uncommon among politicians, and they all need to know they're not above the rules simply because they're in power.
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Feb. 26, 2013

GOP Gay Marriage: 75 Republicans Come Out in Support Of Marriage Equality

Seventy-five prominent Republicans, including former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Trayvon Martin 1 Year Anniversary: An Update On George Zimmerman's Case, Italian Election 2013 Results: Gridlock Rocks European Economy, And All Of Today's Top News

5 of the most pressing news stories from around the world, as featured in this morning's Mic Check newsletter.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Foreclosure Debt Can Stay With You the Rest Of Your Life, Thanks to Big Banks

Most people think that foreclosure is the end of their financial nightmare. But when banks refuse to take the house back, foreclosure can be the gift that keeps on giving ... forever.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Laura Bush Asks to Be Taken Out Of Pro-Gay Marriage Ad

The former first lady just asked to be taken out of a pro-gay marriage video, sending a message that she may not actually care about real progress.
Feb. 26, 2013

Why The Onion Shouldn't Have Apologized For "Offensive" Oscar Tweet

Though insensitive, The Onion's questionable tweet about 9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis shouldn't be offending everyone as much as it seems to be.
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Feb. 26, 2013

2013 Marks the 100th Anniversary Of the Most Damaging Piece Of Legislation in U.S. History

The Federal Reserve, the income tax, and the Seventeenth Amendment lie at the heart of the federal government's power. All three should be abolished.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Irish Prime Minister Issues Apology For Horrifying Magdalene Laundries

Ireland's prime minister issued a long-overdue apology for the country's complicity in slave labor at a Catholic facilities.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Nick Hurley and Boyfriend Denied a Single Bed Hotel Room in London For Being Gay?

Were Nick Hurley and his boyfriend denied a single bed hotel room because they were gay? Hurley suspects so, and says it's indicative of lingering homophobia.
Feb. 26, 2013

3 Unsettling Discoveries Made On a First Trip to Disney World

Visiting Disney World is a rite of passage for American children, but at 18-years-old I just visited for the very first time. Somehow, being in the "happiest place on earth" terrified me.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Can Americans Do the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean diet is back on America's radar with the promise of unlimited and healthy chocolate, nuts, and olive oil. But is it sustainable?
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Feb. 26, 2013

Obesity Crisis Over? Children Now Eating Fewer Carbohydrates

The CDC reports that American children are eating less than they did a decade ago, but what's more important is that they're eating fewer carbohydrates.
Feb. 26, 2013

Dov Hikind Dresses in Blackface During a Purim Party, Embarrasses Judaism

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind wrongly thought the fact it was Purim made it OK to wear blackface. In Judaism, there's never an appropriate day to traffic in ugly racial stereotypes.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Pakistani Ambassador Charged With Blasphemy in Proof Of Uneasy Alliance With U.S.

Sherry Rehman, the Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S., has been charged with blasphemy — a crime punishable by death in Pakistan. It should be a wake-up call that our alliance is purely strategic.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Sequestration 2013: An Inside Look At This Budget Debacle

Just why are we facing massive, across-the-board spending cuts? The answer is sadly predictable: Congressional Republicans.
Feb. 26, 2013

C. Everett Koop, Surgeon General Who Rebuffed Reagan On Abortion, Dies

Former Surgeon General Koop, who died Monday at 96, refused to supply President Reagan with unfounded evidence that would be used to threaten women's access to abortion.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Egyptian Constitution Threatens Progress, But Can't Stop It

If Egypt is going to see another revolution, it may be a revolution at the polls rather than in the streets.
Feb. 26, 2013

Rap Raised Me

Rap has drawn criticism from its fair share of critics, but it has also served to inspire a generation of youth. Here is what rap means to me.
Feb. 26, 2013

Kim Kardashian Baby: 5 Reasons We Should Be Terrified Kim and Kanye Are Having a Girl

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are apparently expecting a baby girl in July. Good news ... or terrible, terrifying news?
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Feb. 26, 2013

Should Hacking Be Considered An Act of War?

Renowned security company Mandiat's discovery of a Chinese military unit dedicated to carrying out hacking attacks against western targets raises the question of whether hacking is an act of war.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Education Reform is the Key to Economic Recovery

Education is the greatest economic development tool known to man. It is not social welfare and it is not political fodder. It is much more important than that.
Feb. 26, 2013

Dennis Rodman North Korea Trip Photos and Video: Watch the Former NBA Star in Pyongyang

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, the Harlem Globetrotters and a film crew from the Vice media company are visiting North Korea.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Gun Control Debate: The 6 Biggest Problems With Background Checks, Sequestration 2013: A Largely Fabricated Drama, and Today's Top PolicyMic Stories

Our collection of the best recently-published stories on PolicyMic, as featured in this morning's Mic Check newsletter.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Only 42% Of Americans Want Kids — Career Comes First, Study Finds

A new survey finds more Americans are putting off having children or deciding not to have them altogether because they are prioritizing their professions.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Iran Nuclear Talks: Here Are the Key P5+1 Players

The P5+1 group is meeting to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. Here's a close look at the key negotiators, all of which may lend insight into how the talks will progress.
Feb. 26, 2013

Conservatives Need a Good Story, Not Their Own Film Industry

The GOP thinks it can balance out Hollywood liberalism by investing in a conservative arts industry, but what they really need is to learn how to tell compelling stories.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Lebanon Needs An India-Esque Uprising to Prevent Violence Against Women

It shouldn't take an unimaginable atrocity like gang rape for countries to protect women. Lebanon should channel India by taking an across-the-board stand against abuse toward women.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Iran Nuclear Talks: This is Not the Breakthrough Moment We've Been Waiting For

Iran has begun talks with the P5+1 nations over its nuclear program, but nothing will happen. Here's why.
Feb. 26, 2013

Oscars Ratings 2013: Viewership Up, Especially Amongst Younger Audience

The 2013 Academy Awards had the show's largest audience since 2010, drawing younger viewers in droves even with a so-so review for Seth MacFarlane as host.
Feb. 26, 2013

3 Ways Washington Should Honor Aaron Swartz

Last week, the White House announced that it will move to make publicly funded research available to the public more rapidly, but there is more to be done for true open access.
Feb. 26, 2013

What Will Pope Benedict Be Called?

Pope Benedict XVI will be known as "emeritus pope" in his retirement and will continue to wear a white cassock, the Vatican announced Tuesday.
Feb. 26, 2013

Trayvon Martin One-Year Anniversary: Have We Forgotten About Him?

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin's murder. Have we forgotten about him, or have we become desensitized because of all who have died in mass killings since his death?
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Feb. 26, 2013

Dennis Rodman North Korea: What's the Worm Doing Over There? and Interesting Finds From Across the Internet

A roundup of cool stuff from around the internet, as featured in this morning's Mic Check newsletter.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Illinois Special Election: Twitter Reactions

On Tuesday, Illinois voters are voting in the Illinois special election primary. The Democratic winner is likely to carry the general election on April 9. Stay tuned for live updates.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Talks With Iran Resume in Kazakhstan, But Are Unlikely to Succeed

The P5+1 begin another round of talks with Iran in an attempt to diffuse the nuclear crisis. Will this lead to any breakthroughs? Judging by past P5+1 talks, the answer is no.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Italian 2013 Election Results: Italy Faces Unprecedented Hung Parliament

Pier Luigi Bersani's center-left coalition won the lower house, but just barely, and the Senate remains deadlocked.
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Feb. 26, 2013

Italy's 2013 Full Election Results: Grillo and Berlusconi Defeat Austerity — Make Markets Nervous

Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo, the two candidates who ran on opposing the unpopular European Central Bank–imposed austerity option, did better than expected (worrying the markets).
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Feb. 26, 2013

Student Activism Encourages Students to Climb Down From Their Ivory Towers

From holding events to address sexual violence, to fighting alongside on-campus workers for fair wages and benefits, student activists learn as much organizing and protesting as they do in class.