Pope Francis Inauguration LIVE: Updates On Pope Francis Installation Mass

On Tuesday, the Vatican will host recently elected Pope Francis I's Installation Mass.

Sexual Assault in the Military: 97.5% Of All Military Rapes Aren't Punished

Cultural views and legal hurdles not only leave military victims of sex crimes dealing with the loopholes of the justice system, it's leading them not to report them at all.

'The Walking Dead' Season 3: 3 Sexist Things the Show Says About Women

'The Walking Dead' might be one of TV's top show's right now but let's be honest, it's pretty sexist.

Bates Motel TV Show Review: Creepy, But Not Nightmarish Like Psycho

'Bates Motel' seems to be more of an explanation of what went wrong in Norman Bates' youth than an attempt to emulate 'Psycho,' and that's what makes the 'Psycho' prequel so great and watchable.

The Millennial Generation Needs to Lighten Up

Millennials are largely humorless, and if they want to make any meaningful contributions to the world, the first thing they need to do is stop taking themselves so seriously.

7 Trendy Superfoods That Don't Live Up to Their Hype

Are these glamorous foods really that appealing and worth the hype? Do their benefits outweigh the drawbacks? Nope.

Jodi Arias Trial LIVE Stream: Arias Defense Witness Under Tough Cross Examination

The prolonged trial of accused killer Jodi Arias continues.

Rand Paul and Libertarians Should Focus On Good Government, Not Small Government

A lot of anti-government rhetoric has been coming out of the libertarian side recently, met by liberal defenses. While this debate is worthwhile, it isn't getting us anywhere.

Jyoti Singh Pandey Gang Rape Spurs New Anti-Rape Laws Despite Sexist Opposition

The Indian parliament has passed new anti-rape laws, but if the blatantly sexist opposition to the bills indicates anything, the fight is far from over.

An Open Letter to the Pope From a Gay Man

What the pope does over the next decade will matter greatly to the world. On the day of the pope's inaugural Mass, a gay man responds.

5 Reasons Why You Should Write for PolicyMic Right Now

There are plenty of excuses for not writing for PolicyMic. Here are 5 reasons why you should.

It's Time For Men to Do More For Feminism

Gender equality will not be achieved through “girl power” alone. Feminists need men to advocate for and with them.

9 Cities Where Poor People Lack Access to Healthy Food

Racial and social inequality have long been known to prevent the poor and people of color from achieving their dreams, but how does it affect access to fresh produce and grocery stores?

10-Year Iraq War Anniversary: 5 Gripping Personal Stories

Five stories that impart a visceral understanding of just what the Iraq War really meant.

Venezuela Election 2013: A Brief History Of What Really Happens in My Home Country

Ever wondered where Hugo Chavez came from? Or what will happen to this oil-rich nation after his death? Here's a brief history of my home country's ups and downs during the last 14 years.

5 Famous Venezuelans Not Named "Hugo Chavez"

With the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela is on the global radar like never before. But this shouldn't be a surprise, since much of the world's overall awesomeness is attributable to Venezuelans.

10 Must-See Tough Guy Movies From the 60s and 70s

You are not a man until you have watched at least half of these movies.

Elizabeth Warren Hints At $22 Minimum Wage: Why That's a Bad Idea

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) suggested that to keep up with productivity increases, the minimum wage should be $22. Unfortunately for McDonald's employees, the idea doesn't make any sense.

Genetically Modified Food: Do You Know What Your Child is Eating?

Despite appearing "safe," many foods designed for children, toddlers, infants, and even you are anything but.

'Top Of the Lake' TV Review: Mini-Series Depicts Dark Reality Of Rape

The miniseries starring "Mad Men" star Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter premieres this week with a striking condemnation of rape culture.

March Madness 2013: Who Will Be This Year's Cinderella?

Last year saw two 15-seeds upend 2-seeds in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Will this year's edition see a Cinderella story or two as well?

Why Gay Marriage is Not Really About Gay People

The progressive-socialist movement is using gay people as pawns in a larger plot that seeks to undermine the traditional family in order to make citizens even more dependent of government.

'DWTS' Season 16: Zendaya Coleman Steals the Show

'Dancing With the Stars' premiered Monday night with 16-year-old Zendaya Coleman, the youngest contestant ever, beating competition on the scoreboard.

March Madness Odds: Predicting the Perfect Bracket Chances Are One in 9.2 Quintillion

Good luck predicting a perfect bracket, the odds are against you.

Student Loan Crisis: Debt Should Be Rebranded As An Education Mortgage

College tuition has increased by around 400% since most of us were born. We need to do something about student loans and debt.

How Kentucky's 2012 March Madness Run Helped Me Through the Hardest Time In My Life

March Madness allowed me to bond with my baby boy, who was born with severe heart complications but would always wake up when Kentucky's game came on TV, even when sedated.

Immigration Reform 2013: Why is Our Legal System So Unfair to Black Immigrants?

Why has the Congressional Black Caucus made immigration reform a major part of their policy agenda? Because anti-immigrant sentencing guidelines affect 3.3 million black people in the US.

South Carolina Election Results: LIVE Primary Results

On Tuesday, the South Carolina primary election results will be pouring in. The Republican field includes former governor Mark Sanford, Stephen Colbert's sister, and 13 other candidates.

Iraq War Anniversary Bombings by Al-Qaeda Show Invasion Was Massive Failure

Invading Iraq to fight terrorism was a massive mistake. Al-Qaeda followed the U.S. to Iraq, not vice versa.

'Survive and Advance' 30 For 30 Review: Epic, Powerful Story Of N.C. State's 1983 Tournament

"Survive and Advance," the story of N.C. State's 1983 tournament run that culminated with Lorenzo Charles' game-winning dunk, inspires and amazes just in time for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Premiere: 10 Best Characters, No Question

Some lists are up for debate, but this isn't one of them: here are the 10 absolute best, coolest, most terrifying, and interesting characters in the entire 'Game of Thrones' universe.

Atheists Are Still Small in Number, But Organized Religion is On the Decline

Survey data showing decreased religious affiliation is evidence of institutional and generational issues, rather than a move away from religion altogether.

'Survive and Advance' 30 For 30 Review: Epic, Powerful Story Of N.C. State's 1983 Tournament

"Survive and Advance," the story of N.C. State's 1983 tournament run that culminated with Lorenzo Charles' game-winning dunk, inspires and amazes just in time for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Marco McMillian: Murder of Gay Mayoral Candidate Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

The brutal murder of Marco McMillian has left many asking why he was killed and whether or not his murder should be considered a hate crime under federal law.

College Hook-Up Culture Here to Stay Until Students Recognize Their Value

Until young adults realize they deserve more than an endless cycle of blurry one-night stands, the hookup culture will live on.

Prop 8 Supreme Court: Meet the 12-Year-Old Urging Justice Roberts to Overturn Gay Marriage Ban

Daniel Martinez-Leffew, a 12-year-old with a genetic disorder and two fathers, has called upon the Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8 to protect his family.

Michelle Shocked: Singer's Anti-Gay Tirade Outrages Fans, Prompts Show Cancellation

Folk singer Michelle Shocked is in hot water for a homophobic rant she made on stage at Yoshi’s in San Francisco Sunday night.

Colorado Gun Control: Why Governor Hickenlooper Shouldn't Sign It Into Law

Even though recent mass shootings are fresh in our minds, such tragedies should not lead to bad legislation written without understanding the potential consequences for law abiding citizens.

NCAA Tournament 2013: Why Louisville Won't Win the Title

After 20 admittedly great minutes of basketball, everyone coronated Louisville as the overwhelming favorite to win the NCAA Tournament. Here's why the Big East Champions resume is misleading.

Immigration Reform 2013: Rand Paul's Flip-Flop Won't Help Him With Latino Voters

Rand Paul's speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Congress proves that he's running for president, also, that he's flip-flopped on immigration reform.

Justin Timberlake 'The 20/20 Experience' Review: Polished But Redundant

With his first album in seven years, Justin Timberlake treats us to a smooth and richly-produced sonic landscape. But does its repetitiveness ultimately keep it from becoming a classic?

Steubenville Rape Case: Even With Guilty Verdict, There's No Silver Lining

"Rape culture" is insufficiently nuanced, and incarceration solves next to nothing.

David Vitter to Block Thomas E. Perez's Secretary Of Labor Department Appointment

Senator David Vitter has just announced his commitment to block the appointment of Thomas E. Perez as Secretary of the Labor Department.

The Civil War is Now More Pop Culture Than History in the American Psyche

The Civil War is still a hotly contested topic in our modern conversation, but it is still a war that we memorialize in a way that makes it almost modern mythology.

NCAA Bracket 2013: Some Of the Best Teams Were Cheated Out Of the Tournament

The method used to pick the 68 teams for the NCAA tournament is flawed, and leaves out some of the nation's top teams in favor of smaller schools.

Paul Ryan Budget: How It Sunk His Popularity

After releasing his budget, Congressman Paul Ryan now has an approval rating of just 35% among likely voters. Perhaps it's because he used the same tired ideas that lost him the election.

Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic Will Likely Face One Another in Run Off Election

On Tuesday, the South Carolina primary election results will be pouring in. The Republican field includes former governor Mark Sanford, Stephen Colbert's sister, and 13 other candidates.

In An Online World, is There Still a Future For Comic Books?

As long as people are willing to pay money to hold something that they love in their hands, to see a page laid out the way it was drawn, comics will be just fine.

March Madness Predictions: Midwest Region Breakdown

The Midwest Region is the hardest bracket in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. See who will be heading to Atlanta.

Robert Mugabe Papal Inauguration: Zimbabwean Strongman Visits Vatican

On Tuesday, Robert Mugabe attended the papal inauguration of Pope Francis.

Rand Paul is Moving the Republican Party Forward

Conservatives are excited about Rand Paul. He is attracting young people without abandoning core principles. If his conservatism continues to stay true and relevant, he will be formidable.

5 Reasons Malala Yousafzai Will Be the Coolest Kid In School

Malala is describing her first day at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, UK, as "the most important day" of her life.

Amendment One: North Carolina Church Won't Hold Weddings Until Same-Sex Marriage is Legal

A North Carolina Methodist church is refusing to perform any weddings or sign marriage licenses until same-sex marriage becomes legal.

Failure to Improve Chinese-U.S. Relations Would Be a Massive Mistake

Don't be fooled by the recent jargon and name-calling related to China. A Chinese-U.S. partnership may be more important than ever before in terms of foreign policy and the global economy.

What Was Pope Francis' Role in Argentina's Secret War?

From 1976-1983, the military junta that controlled Argentina abducted and killed as many as 30,000 political dissidents. Did Jorge Mario Bergoglio do enough to prevent this?

South Carolina Election Results: New Voter ID Law in Effect

Today's primary election marks the first time South Carolina voters have had to show photo ID at the polls.

Applying For an MBA? 5 Things to Consider

Choosing the right B-School might mean looking beyond rankings to find the right fit for you.

9 Reasons Airline Travel is Worse Than Ever These Days

The golden days of flying in the 1970s are long gone, replaced by a nightmare of security checks, poor service, and fees.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Gets Holiday Greeting From Obama, But It Won't Ease Tensions

The president acknowledged that a resolution “will be no easy task” due to the abiding tension between the two states.

Hillary Clinton Gay Marriage Video Gives Boost to Marriage Equality

In a video released by the Human Rights Campaign's "Americans for Marriage Equality," Hillary Clinton officially endorses gay marriage.

March Madness 2013: Should College Basketball Stars Play For Free?

The NCAA receives revenue from using players' likenesses in video games. Players never see a cent. Is this fair? Well, the players get a world-class education while playing the sport they love.

Next PolicyMic Social Justice Writers Happy Hour!

Missed your chance to meet all of the awesome Policy Mic-ers tackling issues of sex, gender, sexuality, race, identity, and other topics the first time around? Don't worry; here's your chance.

ESPN LIVE Stream of NCAA Tournament: Just Bill Simmons Commentary

ESPN doesn't have broadcasting rights to March Madness, that won't stop them from providing coverage of their own. Bill Simmons will be providing commentary through Grantland's YouTube Channel.

South Carolina Special Election Results: Can Mark Sanford Avoid a Runoff?

To avoid a runoff in the South Carolina special election, candidates have to take a majority of the vote. Mark Sanford will be hard pressed to do so in a crowded field of candidates Tuesday.

Arizona Immigration Law: SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments On Voter ID as Advocates Sound the Alarm

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday regarding a controversial Arizona law that requires voters to provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.

Jack Dorsey Mayor: Is Twitter Co-Founder NYC's Next Michael Bloomberg?

The co-founder of Twitter and Square said on '60 Minutes' that he is serious about running for mayor of New York City. Will he be the next CEO mayor after Bloomberg?

Immigration Reform 2013: Women Lead the Charge For Commonsense Reform

At a Senate judiciary committee hearing and press conference in Washington, D.C., women push for immigration reform that takes into account women and children.

Pope Francis Inauguration LIVE Stream: Watch Francis I Installation

On Tuesday, the Vatican will host recently elected Pope Francis I's Installation Mass.

Thomas Perez Labor Secretary Appointment is Great News For Domestic Workers

Domestic work, a profession dominated by women and immigrants, has been intentionally left out of U.S. labor politics in the past, but new Labor Secretary Thomas Perez could change all of that.

80 International Graffiti Artists Are Bringing Street Art to the Mainstream

Graffiti artists are coming together in Washington with the exhibit "Hello my name is." The exhibit gives urban art a mainstream home with canvases displaying the foundation of graffiti: the tag.

NCAA Tournament East Region Predictions

Check out a full breakdown of the East Region and a prediction of who will be heading to Atlanta for the Final Four.

4 Reasons the Summer Olympics Should Be Held in Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles has confirmed its interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Games. LA is gorgeous place with solid weather, even though there are also downsides to holding the Olympics there.

RNC Postmortem: Zombie GOP Must Come Back From the Dead to Win the Presidency

Today's GOP, much like the undead, can only moan and shamble towards its inevitable demise. Unless it revives itself by compromising on key issues, it can't win in 2016.

Paul Ryan Budget: The Best Option For Addressing Deficit

Ryan and House Republicans submitted a budget propsal that will have the United States' budget balanced by 2023. Is this the right plan? Yes, because at this point, it's the only plan.

Gay Marriage Supported By 81% Of Young People, So When Will the GOP Give In?

81% of young Americans support gay marriage. When will the support for marriage equality be enough for the GOP to stop beating a dead horse?

10 Year Iraq Anniversary: Who Are the 42% Of Americans Who Still Support Our Decision to Invade Iraq?

This 10 year anniversary of the Iraq War starts with a poll that show a majority of Americans think that sending troops was a mistake. Yet there are those who maintain their faith in the war.

Here's How Much Progress Working Women Have Made in the Past 90 Years

The Women's Bureau was established in 1920, when the number of working women was one-third what it is today. But in high-paying professions and male-dominated fields, women still lag behind.

Iraq War Anniversary: How Should We Commemorate?

Commemorating the 10th year of War in Iraq requires a perspective that many Americans find difficult to accept, including the author. War is measured in "blood and treasure" but there is more.

NCAA Bracket Midwest Region Round of 64 Predictions

March Madness 2013 is upon us. Check back with this blog for live scores, updates, predictions, video, and highlights.

"Rubble Kings" Documentary Has Just 3 Days to Raise Kickstarter Money

Shan Nicholson's Bronx street gang documentary "Rubble Kings" has a few days left to raise money for its release. Here's why you should support it.

Syria Chemical Attack: Accusations Might Draw U.S. Into War

Government officials and rebels are both accusing one another of mounting a chemical weapons attack in the city of Aleppo. Will this attack force the U.S. to become involved in Syria?

Google Maps Adds Street Views From the World's Tallest Mountains

Google reached out to every person's inner adventurer on Monday by adding Google Maps photos of the tallest mountains in the world.

Play-In Game Predictions: The First Four

North Carolina A&T takes on Liberty and Saint Mary's goes up against Middle Tennessee State in Tuesday night's NCAA Tournament first round match-ups.

10-Year Iraq War Anniversary: Honor Female Service Members, Veterans

Women veterans returning from the war in Iraq often do so with complicated baggage inspired by events both on and off the battlefield.

"Stop and Frisk" Lawsuit: Minorities Challenge "Racist" NYPD Policy

Racial profiling plays a key role in the constitutionality of the policy will be put to the test in federal court.

Jack Dorsey Mayor Run Should Be in St. Louis, Not New York

The entrepreneur behind Twitter and Square is interested in running for mayor of NYC, but a more intriguing opportunity is there for the taking in his hometown of St. Louis, Mo.

South Carolina Election Results: A Comeback For Mark Sanford?

After a fall from grace, will the S.C. primary election results solidify Sanfords comeback to American politics?

Cristina Kirchner Asks Pope Francis to Intervene in the Falklands Dispute — And He May Do It

If Pope Francis were to seek to facilitate dialogue between Argentina and Britain over the Falklands/Malvinas dispute it would not be entirely out of keeping with the actions of past popes.

March Madness 2013: 5 Legendary Moments in NCAA Tournament History

You might not remember these, but you will now: here are five of the most legendary, notorious, and outright mind-blowing moments in NCAA Tournament history.

Selena Gomez David Letterman Interview: Gomez Made Justin Bieber Cry, Watch the Video

Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber's ex-girlfriend, stopped by 'The Late Show With David Letterman,' to promote her flick 'Spring Breakers' and say she once made the Biebs cry.

Mic Check: FBI Solves $500 Million Art Heist

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Chardon High School Shooter TJ Lane Wears "KILLER" T-Shirt to Sentencing

TJ Lane was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Chardon High students Daniel Parmertor (16), Demetrius Hewlin (16) and Russell King Jr. (17) last February.

South Carolina Election Results: Low Turnout = Wild Night

Low turnout in off year elections is always expected, but in a crowded field of candidates it can make for a crazy night of election returns.

March Madness Upset Watch: Who Will Be This Year's Cinderella?

The 2012 NCAA Tournament saw two 15-seeds upend 2-seeds, what will March Madness 2013 bring?

Super PACs Embraced By Democrats, and Democracy is Stronger For It

Super PACs should be accepted because money does not guarantee electoral success and Super PACs provide political speech that increases information available to voters.

South Carolina Election Results: Elizabeth Colbert Busch Wins Democratic Primary

Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch has won the Democratic Primary.

Reince Priebus Says GOP Has "Branding" Problem, But It Really Has a Women Problem

The RNC chairman recently said his party has done a "lousy job of branding and marketing" what it really is, but the real issue is that the GOP has nothing to offer women.

South Carolina Election Results: Colbert's Sister Likely To Win Democratic Primary

It is expected that Elizabeth Colbert Busch Will Win South Carolina's first congressional district primary.

Iraq War 10 Year Anniversary is Here, And the Middle East is in Anarchy

The War in Iraq accomplished little in the way of promoting international security or regional stability. Instead, it annihilated Iraqi sovereignty and threw the Middle East into madness.

South Carolina Election Results: Colbert's Sister Doing Well

The first results are coming in from the South Carolina Special Election

Efrain Montt: Will Guatemalans Have Justice For Genocide?

On Tuesday, Efrain Rios Montt, former Guatemalan dictator, is finally on trial for his "crimes against humanity" charges from three decades ago.

Iraq War Anniversary Bombing: Explosions Rip Through Capital on 10-Year Anniversary

On the anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion, a series of coordinated attacks ripped through the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

Gazprom Bail Out Of Cyprus: Offer Looks Dead On Arrival

Reports have begun to surface that Cyprus has already turned down Gazprom’s proposal opting instead to negotiate the current EU offer.

West Region Predictions: Gonzaga Ready As 1-Seed?

Will Gonzaga live up to its billing as a 1-seed? Who else can we expect to make noise in the West bracket?

Medicare Reform is Necessary to Save It

For 50 years Congress has been addressing the pending insolvency of Medicare. It is time to save Medicare and lay the cornerstone to long-term deficit reduction.

NCAA South Region Predictions and Breakdown

The South Region is ripe with parody, who will prevail and make it to Atlanta for the Final Four?

Burt Wonderstone and Other Great Fictional Magicians in Pop Culture

Steve Carell's 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' may not have lived up to its box office expectations on opening weekend, but how does Wonderstone stack up against other fictional magicians?

Reince Priebus: Republican Party Image Needs a Makeover

The Republican National Committee released a new statement confirming the obvious: that the public perception of conservatives is at record lows.

1-Seed Louisville Cardinals: Why Are They All Of A Sudden Locks To Win The NCAA Title?

In a season regarded as one in which we can count on nothing, how come we have all of a sudden coronated Louisville as the best team in the land?

Florida Election Cyber Attack: First Known Case in U.S. Won't Be the last

An attempt to illegally obtain absentee ballots in Florida last year is the first known case in the U.S. of a cyber attack against an online election system.

James Seevakumaran: UCF Classes Resume Following Monday's Shooting Scare

Classes have resumed at the University of Central Florida after Monday's near fatal school shooting that resulted in one suicide but no other fatalities.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch Likely to Face Winner Of GOP Run-Off in South Carolina Primary

Disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford tries to dominate the 16 Republicans in a crowded congressional primary on Tuesday in South Carolina.

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Tuesday's First Four Games Schedule and Predictions

March Madness 2013 is upon us. Check back with this blog for live scores, updates, predictions, video, and highlights.

TV Schedule and Predictions for Tuesday, March 19th's N.I.T. Games

March Madness 2013 is upon us. Check back with this blog for live scores, updates, predictions, video, and highlights.

Cyprus Parliament Rejects Savings Tax and Puts Bailout in Jeapordy

On Tuesday, Cyprus parliament rejected a savings tax that was opposed by many Cypriots. It generated a lot of enthusiasm, but also uncertainty, about whether it would put the bailout at risk.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch Wins Democratic Primary in South Carolina Special Election

Elizabeth Colbert Busch Wins Democratic Primary in South Carolina Special Election.

Mark Sanford Will Definitely Be In Run Off Election

Mark Sanford Advances To Run Off Election

Meet The Men Who Could Oppose Mark Sanford In April Run Off

On Tuesday, the South Carolina primary election results will be pouring in. The Republican field includes former governor Mark Sanford, Stephen Colbert's sister, and 13 other candidates.

Washington Post Paywall: Won't Drastically Affect Readership

The newspaper's paywall is annoying, but an access charge makes sense and readers/viewers will still follow the publication.

And the NCAA Tournament is Officially Underway

March Madness 2013 is upon us. Check back with this blog for live scores, updates, predictions, video, and highlights.

Stephen Colbert is Probably Pumped

Stephen Colbert's sister won the South Carolina special election Democratic primary and Stephen Colbert is probably so pumped up right now.

North Carolina A&T Wins the First Game of the First Four and I Get My First Pick Correct

March Madness 2013 is upon us. Check back with this blog for live scores, updates, predictions, video, and highlights.

Saint Mary's Has a Player Named Stephen Holt

March Madness 2013 is upon us. Check back with this blog for live scores, updates, predictions, video, and highlights.

Thanks to Dellavedova (and of course, Steve Holt) Saint Mary's Advances to Play Memphis

March Madness 2013 is upon us. Check back with this blog for live scores, updates, predictions, video, and highlights.