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Uncle Ruckus Movie: Thank God Aaron McGruder's Campaign Failed

Uncle Ruckus, the self-hating black character on 'The Boondocks,' would have sent the wrong message to audiences. How can a black man be the author of such a message?

'Human Doll' Valeria Lukyanova: An Extreme Reflection Of Our Collective Vanity

Valeria's desire to be "perfect" led her to get plastic surgery to look like Barbie, but we're all guilty of putting on the flags of our persona whenever we get dressed in the morning.

Justice League Movie Rumors: Christian Bale As Batman, And Other Amazing Speculations

Comic book fan-boys are closely following every rumor about the upcoming "Justice League" movie. Check out a full rundown of the buzz leading up to DC's answer to Marvel's "The Avengers."
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Paleo Diet: Should You Eat Like Ancient Man, Or is the Diet a Paleofantasy?

Should we eat and exercise like our ancestors? One biologist says no, and she's wrong.

The Walking Dead: Why Are Americans So Obsessed With Zombies?

Americans are talking about zombies now more than ever: We have zombie escape plans, watch 'Walking Dead,' and contemplate tax implications of a zombie apocalypse. What's our deal?

Hunter Moore Lawsuit: Anti-Bullying Activist Gets Revenge On Revenge Porn King

Notorious Internet bully and "revenge porn" site manager Hunter Moore has lost in court to a defamation lawsuit. Has he reached the end of his rope?

Internet Porn: Everything You Never Knew About Adult Entertainment Online

Researcher John Millwar cracked the Internet Adult Film Database (IAFD) and used a sample of 10,000 porn stars to identify trends in the industry. Here's what he found.

Jack Kerouac Birthday: 3 Ways Kerouac Changed American Literature

Jack Kerouac would have turned 91 today. See all the ways he is still influencing American literature through his quotes, writing tips, and urge to "burn, burn, burn."

Cardinals Oath Of Secrecy Full Text

Full English translation of the oath of secrecy taken by the College of Cardinals before deliberating and voting on a papal successor.

New Pope Name Odds Are On 'Leo'

Although 'John' has historically been the most popular chosen name among popes, the betting public is going with 'Leo.'
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This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously

2013 is the year universities will stop thinking of online education as just a fad or an inferior option. Internet tools allow higher education to be a continuous process, a university for life.

Big East Tournament 2013 Predictions and Bracket

The Big East is making big changes this off-season. That means this year's Big East Tourney could be the last truly great one.

Papal Conclave Schedule: College of Cardinals Voting Timetable

What to expect over the coming days at the papal conclave in Vatican City.
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CPAC 2013 Speaker and Events List is a Royal Clusterf*ck

Sarah Palin will speak longer than Marco Rubio and Donald Trump will speak longer than Paul Ryan. Here are those and some other ways CPAC intends on destroying the Republican Party.

NASA Announcement Live: Did the Curiosity Rover Find Evidence Of Life On Mars?

One month after drilling into Mars, NASA is prepared to announce exactly what they found at 1 p.m. EDT, March 12.
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Steubenville Rape Case: Sexual Assault Prevention Starts With Men

As we approach the beginning of the Steubenville court case, it's time we stop telling women to prevent rape and start teaching men not to rape.
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U.S. Foreign Policy Needs Less, Not More Interventionism

A recent national security recommendation demands a more interventionist foreign policy. Although such an approach may have worked in the 20th century, the world is quite different today.
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Mississippi "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill Passes: Fattest State Takes Stand For Big Sodas

Mississippi may pass legislation that ensures that laws like Mayor Bloomberg's large soda ban are never passed in the state.
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Dow Jones Record High is the Result Of the Federal Reserve Manipulation

The Fed's prolonged expansionary monetary policy is leading to long run instability without solving our economic woes. Perhaps its time to hit the brakes and reevaluate our alternatives.

Abortion Laws: Northern Ireland Women Risk Imprisonment For Using Abortion Pills

A letter signed by over 100 women who bought pills over the internet to induce abortions could have serious consequences in a province where abortion is illegal.
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Gay Marriage: Republicans Can't Turn It Into a Winning Issue

The GOP is in a no-win situation when it comes to marriage equality. They must change to attract new voters, but they do so at the risk of losing their base and becoming permanently irrelevant.
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New Pope 2013 to Get a Special Visitor: Dennis Rodman

Fresh off a goodwill tour with North Korea, Rodman wants to meet the next His Holiness. What the heck is going on here?
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Republicans Must Welcome Liberty, Diversity to Win Over Millennials

If the GOP ever wants millennials to join the conservative movement, it will need to be more inclusive and respect personal liberty.

Listen to Justin Timberlake's New Album 'The 20/20 Experience'

He hosted 'SNL' last week. Now, he's streaming his new album on iTunes and appearing on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' every night this week. Welcome to the JT takeover.
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The Bachelor 2013: We Have the Results

A roundup of the most interesting article and videos on the Internet right now, as featured in this morning's Mic Check newsletter.

Pope Live Stream: Live Coverage Of the Papal Conclave

Follow along our live coverage of the papal conclave's meeting in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, where 115 cardinals will choose th next pope.
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4 Ways Unemployed Millennials Can Get Back Into the Job Market

We get it: millennials face a tough job market right now. Here's what they need to start doing to get back on their feet and into the workforce.
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If History is Any Indication, a North Korean Attack On the South is Imminent

Recent history indicates a North Korean attack on South Korea is only a matter of time.
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Rand Paul's Filibuster is the Answer to the GOP's Millennials Problem

Republicans can get much more support from millennials if they follow Rand Paul's example and defend civil liberties.

Papal Conclave Vote: Timothy Dolan Expects New Pope Thursday

Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York City, write to New York pirests that he doesn't expect a new pope to be elected today.

Sistine Chimmey Watch LIVE: Watch the Papal Vote Results Online

The result of the 115 cardinals behind-closed-doors vote will be known when the cardinals burn the ballots and release the smoke from the Sistine Chapel' chimmey. Watch live.
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Sarah Palin's New Book and CPAC Speech Won't Make Her Relevant Again

Palin is at the top of the pecking order at this year's CPAC and has a new book out this November. Who still cares about her, though? 2008 was so five years ago.
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How the GOP Can Win On the Biggest Issue in America: Jobs

In order to win on jobs, the GOP needs to clean out its bench, ditch the losing policies of the past, and put forth solutions that will make the country more competitive abroad.
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Millennials Will Help Turn a Broken Newark Around

From gun violence to unemployment, the problems that Newark faces are the same problems faced by its young residents. But no local politicians have represented these young voters — until now.
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Rhode Island Gay Marriage: How it Impacts the Rest of the United States

Rhode Island could become the 10th state where same-sex marriage becomes legal, or not. Either outcome could have potential implications in the Supreme Court upcoming decision in the matter.
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James Holmes Trial: Should the Aurora Killer Be Executed?

The Aurora, CO shooting suspect is expected to enter in a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
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Sequestration Cuts Due to Hit College Students Hard

Although lost amid talk of filibusters and papal conclaves, spending cuts as part of the sequester are slated to impact college students in a big way.
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Hamid Karzai Claims U.S. Taliban Collusion: Here's Why He Did It

Hamid Karzai has accused the U.S. of colluding to the Taliban. There's a method to this madness, and it's entirely political.
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Bradly Manning Leaked Wikileaks Statement: Hear Manning Defend WikiLeaks For the First Time (AUDIO)

Audio of Manning's 35-page statement at his pre-trial hearing has been leaked. In it he describes how and why he handed over 700,000 classified governmental documents.

3 Things Curiosity Found About Mars That Make the Red Planet Habitable

Here are the three most important things that Curiosity found on Mars, according to the press conference from NASA today.

European Union Porn Ban: Would It Help Society?

Though it seems laughable that nations would consider banning online pornography, the idea could benefit our society.

Pick Your Own Pope! Handy 'Guardian' Tool Allows You to Choose Next Pontiff

Be your own one-person College of Cardinal.
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Youth Vote: GOP Can Win Over Millennials On Economic Issues

Millennials played a key role in the 2012 election, which hurt the GOP. Republicans must focus on fiscal issues to win them back, and here is what millennials want to see, fiscally speaking.
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Gun Control Debate: Senate Judicial Committee Approves Several Gun Control Measures

With a full vote on all gun control measures expected later this week, the gun control bills will move to the floor of the Senate for full consideration sometime next month.

Conclave 2013: Catholics Believe Priests Should Be Allowed to Marry, Says New Study

A new study suggests that Catholics think the next pope should allow priests to marry, although a majority prefers that the pope "maintain traditional positions" rather than renovate traditions.
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Top 10 Colleges Where Students Study Abroad

The 10 schools on this list had an average of 83% of their 2011 graduates study abroad, compared to the average rate of 23% of college graduates overall.

#tooFEW: Feminists Of Color Take On Wikipedia

On March 15, feminists of color will join up across America to edit and contribute new articles on marginalized topics in an effort to enhance the diversity of Wikipedia's content.
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War With North Korea is Now a Serious Possibility

The end of the armistice and the disconnection of a critical phone line between the Koreas not only pushes diplomacy back 60 years, but questions the wisdom of sanctions further still.

YouTube Muslim Demographics Video: Watch the Video the Vatican is Apologizing For

Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of the Papal Conclave 2013 front runners, has sparked an anti-Muslim controversy with the screening of the video "Muslim Demographics."

Was the U.S. Census Right to Stop Asking People If They're "Negro"?

The U.S. Census has deleted the word "negro" from its surveys, spurring debate about whether or not they were correct to do so. Well, they were. Here's why.
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Mic Check: The Surprising Correlation Between Curly Fries and Your IQ

PolicyMic's daily newsletter. Our take on the day's news, the best stories on PolicyMic, and our favorite articles from across the web.

Brandon Knight Dunk: 5 Most Humiliating NBA Dunks Of 2013 (So Far)

Looking for another kind of March Madness? Check out these five rim-rattling throwdowns that left one man thumping his chest triumphantly while his opponent scampered off, humiliated.

When in Rome: Vatican Buys Share Of Apartment Block That Houses Europe's Largest Gay Sauna

The Holy See inadvertently makes a big, gay, purchase in Rome.

Snoop Dogg Documentary Reincarnated: From Doggy to Dogg to Lion, See the Ongoing Evolution of Snoop

With the upcoming 'Reincarnated' documentary and album, Snoop Lion shows us how seamlessly an artist of his caliber can move in and out of different artistic personas.

Remembering 'Forgot About Dre,' Brings Us Right Back to 2001

In 2001, when Dr. Dre's, "Forgot About Dre" came out, we memorized the convoluted lyrics by listening to that track over and over again. Remembering this rap-childhood brings us right back.
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Youth Vote: Republicans Need to Take On Immigration Reform to Attract Millennials

Immigration reform thus poses an invaluable opportunity for Republicans to reinvent their image as a party and woo millennials.
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Who Funds CPAC? Conservative Conference Supported By Some Likely Players

All the big names in conservative politics will be in Washington this week for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. How this annual meeting is funded may surprise you.
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Tennessee Bill Lets Grad Student Counselors Reject Clients Based On Religion

Denying a patient based on different beliefs is not only an issue of religious liberty — it is an issue of accreditation and professionalism.

Listen to David Bowie's New Album 'The Next Day'

David Bowie's first album in 10 years is released today. In honor, iTunes let us stream the entire album for free. Check it out here. Was it worth the wait?

New Pope, Pay Attention: More than 200 Million Women Worldwide Will Need Contraception By 2015

Is the global unmet need for family planning enough to convince the Conclave to elect a progressive Pope?

Mars Rover Finds "All the Prerequisites For Life — a Habitable Environment"

NASA scientists announced Tuesday that the sample of rock they analyzed on Mars contains "all the prerequisites for life" and a "habitable environment."

PolicyMic Mixtape: 12 New Tracks You Can't Miss This Week

We've included two "Gangnam Style" remixes, and that's enough reason to listen to all of these songs.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor: 3 Ways She Can Help Minorities From the Bench

Leaders like Sotomayor can not only set an example for minority youth and inspire them, but also work to build a bulwark against some of the structural racial injustices in our system.

March Madness Championship Game Predictions: 3 Conference Championships To Catch Tuesday Night

Three automatic bids are up for grabs tonight as the Northeast Conference, Horizon League, and Summit League championship games take place. Find out who's going dancing in an exciting night.

Dennis Rodman Headed to Vatican City to Hang With New Pope

Fresh off his wildly successful trip to North Korea, in which he got Kim Jong-un to stop being a jerk, Rodman hopes to meet with the next pontiff.

College Of Cardinals: Hopelessly Old and Out Of Touch

The next pope will come from, and be voted for by, this ideologically homogenous group of unmarried and childless men who love doling out life advice to people with far more complicated lives.

The Office TV Show: Why Do Brits and Americans Laugh At the Same Jokes?

The bottom line is that the internet has made comedies of all kinds more accessible for people regardless of where they are around the world.
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Hamid Karzai Says "U.S. in Collusion with Taliban" — Is He Right?

Hamid Karzai has spouted off theories about U.S. involvement in recent Taliban bombings throughout Afghanistan. What is the basis for these allegations?
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Drone Medal Ranks Higher Than a Purple Heart

The new medal, implemented by Leon Panetta, is awarded to drone pilots. While that's not a problem in and of itself, it actually outranks several battlefield honors.

March Madness Odds 2013

See the favorites expected to cut down the nets once March Madness comes to an end.
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Scientists On the Verge Of a Major Breakthrough in Treating Anorexia, Mood Disorders

Researchers have been experimenting with a treatment in which electrodes are inserted into specific parts of the brain to treat diseases like Parkinson's and major depression.

March Madness Schedule: Championship Week and Conference Tournaments

A full schedule of conference tournaments, along with a list of schools receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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China Continued Cyber Attacks Could Harm Obama's Pivot to Asia and American Business

White House National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon believes that China's continued cyber attacks on U.S. businesses will put Obama's Pivot to Asia at risk.

Papal Conclave 2013 Video Countdown: Cardinals Enter Sistine Chapel

Cardinals will enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday around 11:00 a.m. (EDT) to officially start the first round of voting to elect the next pope.
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Just 26% Of Americans Trust the Federal Government — But Blame Congress, Not Obama

A Pew Research Poll shows that trust in government is at a low point. Is this an overall trend in the American populace or can it bounce back?

When Will the New Pope Be Elected? Thursday, According to Dolan

New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the church will have a new pope by Thursday.
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Pope Replacement: Follow the Papal Conclave LIVE, James Holmes: Plea Announced In Court

My take on the news that every millennial should know about, as featured in this morning's Mic Check newsletter.
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Joe Lieberman AEI: Former Senator Working With Conservative Think Tank

While he may call for a “non-political consensus,” his efforts are sure to advance a vision for American foreign policy favored by the GOP.
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Have No Fear – The GOP Will Win in 2016

The death of the Republican Party is just a myth. The core promise of the GOP – shrinking the size of government and promoting the private sector – is as sound as ever.
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Sheryl Sandberg 'Lean In': Media Needs to Stop Pitting Her Against Working Women

The problem with media scrutiny of powerful businesswomen like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer is that it pits working women against each other and frames the debate around female cattiness.
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Obama Capitol Hill Visit: President Acting More Like a Reality Star Than Commander-in-Chief

President Obama and Michelle have been just about everywhere ... except where it matters most.
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CPAC 2013: Donald Trump Brings Much-Needed Flare

Donald Trump will be speaking at CPAC 2013. Regardless of what he does, Trump brings press and attention. His presence ensures notoriety.

Sistine Chapel Chimey: Cardinals Enter Chapel For First Vote

Cardinals have entered the Sistine Chapel where they'll vote to elect the next pope after the resignation of Benedict.
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Rand Paul: How The Senator Became a Top Player In DC

Some of the best and most popular articles recently published on PolicyMic, as featured in this morning's Mic Check newsletter.

Black Smoke: No Pope After First Day Of Voting

Not surprisingly, the College of Cardinals was unable to elect a pope on the first day of balloting.
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Does James Egan Holmes Deserve the Death Penalty?

The Aurora, CO shooting suspect is expected to enter in a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
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Falkland Islands Want to Stay British

Over 99% of eligible residents of the Falkland Islands voted to stay an Overseas Territory of the UK. It's time that Argentina listen, and give up its claim to the islands.

Mary Ann McMorrow: What Millennials Can Learn From Late Feminist Icon

A pioneer woman in the legal profession, McMorrow's well-known life and established career can serve as a guide for millennial women still trying to find their footing.

March Madness Predictions: Which Conference Will Reign Supreme?

Each year, the media crowns one conference as the one to rule them all. Will the coronation of the Big 10 as this year's best pan out?