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March 27, 2013

Sleeping With Your Phone is Bad For Your Health — Obviously

Many of us keep our smartphones close to us while sleeping, but studies show our constant need and ability to stay connected causes a lot of stress.
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March 27, 2013

3 Reasons Everyone Should Support Same-Sex Marriage

Brain scans, religion, and biology show that homosexuals are people, so we should support marriage equality and let them live like human beings.
March 27, 2013

8 Reasons to Not Apply to MarsOne's Mars Colonization Program

MarsOne wants to send humans to live on Mars and they're taking applicants for their first group of pioneers. Here's why that isn't as cool as it sounds.
March 27, 2013

LeBron James Should Never Be Forgiven For 'The Decision'

Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven. Eight. That's the number of championships LeBron has to win for me to forgive him for 'The Decision.'
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March 27, 2013

Nothing Will Solve McDonald's Millennial Problem

McDonald's is trying to appeal to millennials with cheaper products, but members of Gen Y want fresh, healthy food, and the company's maligned image will always turn off young people.
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March 27, 2013

Why Does Polio Still Exist?

The incidence of polio has dropped from 360,000 in 1980 to 228 in 2012. But we may not be as close to eradicating the disease as you might think.
March 27, 2013

Spring Break in NYC: 10 Awesome Things to Do This Season

We all suffered through hurricanes, snow storms, and bitter cold for the past few months. We've hibernated patiently, but now the time to celebrate in the sun is finally upon us!
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March 27, 2013

A Libertarian Take On Voter ID Laws That Will Probably Surprise You

The issue is much more complex than whether voters should show identification. When we cast a vote, we are essentially urging the state to restrict others' behavior that we don't like.
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March 27, 2013

10 Reasons to Ban Gay Marriage, and the Top 5 Marriage Equality Internet Memes

Memes and social justice go hand in hand in the digital age, so it's no surprise memes across the internet have done their fair share in advocating the gay marriage cause.
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March 27, 2013

A Master's in Journalism is Still a Worthwhile Investment

The journalistic landscape is going digital, but the traditional need for experience, accuracy, quality, and networking will never fade. Journalism grad school teaches these things.
March 27, 2013

'42' Movie Trailer: Film, Jay-Z Song Inadequately Honor Jackie Robinson

With "42" coming out and Jackie Robinson Day around the corner, it's important to remember that we really honor the baseball player to feel better about our country's racist history.
March 27, 2013

Good Friday 2013: 5 Facts You Didn't Know About the Christian Holy Day

Good Friday is coming up, here are 5 facts you probably didn't know about one of the most holy days in the Christian calendar.
March 27, 2013

'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Premiere: 5 Reasons Why It's Still One Of the Best Shows On TV

'Game of Thrones' season three premieres on Sunday, March 31. Here are 5 reasons why you should be excited.
March 27, 2013

Bioshock Infinite: is It Art? And More Importantly ... Does It Matter?

Is Bioshock Infinite art? Well, who cares? The videogame industry should stop obsessing over the achievement of artistic recognition.
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March 27, 2013

Anonymous Rallies Against Horrific, Abuse-Riddled "Troubled Teen" Industry

A notorious new form of child abuse has become disturbingly commonplace in America: sending youth away to unregulated, sometimes deadly "troubled teen" camps.
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March 27, 2013

Red Equal Sign, Edited in 7 Absurd Ways

The Human Rights Campaign's red equal sign is going viral on Facebook, and of course, the internet went wild with tons of edited versions. Here are some of the best.
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March 27, 2013

Human Rights Campaign Red Equal Sign is Dumb

Supreme Court Justices are not your Facebook friends. And the red equal signs which went viral do nothing.
March 27, 2013

Fox News Invents War On Easter

Did you know the "War on Easter" was a real thing? Neither did I.
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March 27, 2013

Jodi Arias Trial LIVE Stream: Psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette Resumes Testimony

The lengthy murder trial of Jodi Arias continues on Wednesday with more expert testimony for the defense.
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March 27, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: Is the Rand Paul Or Marco Rubio Plan Better?

Healing the rift within the Republican Party and contesting the Hispanic vote are two important goals coming out of these discussions. Which immigration plan will best accomplish these goals?
March 27, 2013

John Legend Thinks All Men Should Be Feminists

John Legend says he isn't intimidated by strong women, and he thinks other men shouldn't be either.
March 27, 2013

Is Your Internet Slow? It Might Be Because the World's Largest Cyber War is Happening Right Now

The largest cyberattack in history has been launched against anti-spam organization Spamhaus, slowing down the entire internet and raising more questions about our digital security.
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March 27, 2013

Gun Control Debate: Support For Stricter Gun Laws Drops

A new CBS poll shows a 10% drop in Americans who are in favor of tougher gun laws, despite the push in the Senate and Mayor Bloomberg's recent anti-gun advertising campaign.
March 27, 2013

Nick D'Aloisio Becomes World's Newest Millionaire With 'Summly,' But Does the App Suck?

17-year-old Nick D'Aloisio just got tens of millions for his app, Summly, from Yahoo. Is this a good move or a waste of money?
March 27, 2013

NCAA Coaching Rumors: Shaka Smart, Tubby Smith and Others

With Tubby Smith and Ben Howland out at Minnesota and UCLA, who will be taking their places?
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March 27, 2013

mHealth Apps: The Future Of Medicine

Apps are changing the face of health care, and that's exactly why a number of groups are keeping close eye on them. Just how does the FDA regulate apps?
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March 27, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: How Cesar Chavez And the UFW Shaped Today’s Debate

When Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta founded what would later become the United Farm Workers Union in 1962, they could not have envisioned the impact their collaboration would have in 2013.
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March 27, 2013

Unsted Park School Teachers Gave Autistic Student Razor Blades So They Could Self-Harm In A "Controlled" Setting

An English school allegedly allowed a special needs student to cut himself with razor blades they provided. After being dismissed by the police, the case now faces the Teaching Agency.
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March 27, 2013

DOMA Hearing LIVE: Supreme Court Hears Day 2 Of Gay Marriage Arguments

The Supreme Court will continue to hear on Wednesday arguments for and against gay marriage when it convenes to discuss the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.
March 27, 2013

5 Reasons Jon Hamm is More Awesome Than Jon Hamm's Crotch

We're making a feminist statement by ignoring Jon Hamm's crotch and speaking about how amazing he is on the inside instead!
March 27, 2013

Ryan Gosling: Will He Still Be a Thing After His Acting Hiatus?

Ryan Gosling recently announced he's taking some time off acting. What does that mean for his future? Will he make a strong comeback or fade into oblivion when and if he returns to the field?
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March 27, 2013

Gay Marriage Bans Are a Violation of Religious Liberty

Supporters of Prop 8 and DOMA argue that legal same-sex marriage would violate religious liberties. But what about liberal denominations?
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March 27, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Exposes Divisions Within the Democratic Party

Surprisingly, 10 Democratic Senators still oppose same sex marriage, and key minority constituencies in the party are also against gay marriage.
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March 27, 2013

Justice Scalia Should Recuse Himself From the Prop 8 and DOMA Cases

Scalia's oft-stated bias against gays should cause his recusal in the important same-sex marriage cases beginning this week. He is dangerously far from impartial.
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March 27, 2013

There is a Perfect Solution in the DOMA Case, And It’s Not Redefining Marriage

The dispute at the heart of the DOMA case could have been avoided had Congress enacted fairer tax reform years ago.
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March 27, 2013

No-Fly List Challenged By ACLU in Court

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. government's "no-fly" list. They're correct to: the list is a clear violation of Americans' constitutional rights.
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March 27, 2013

Justice Scalia's Clownish Conservative Logic Could Completely Undermine Gay Marriage

"Textualism," as Justice Scalia refers to it, is a logical fallacy that he abandons when doing so helps his agenda.
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March 27, 2013

4 Heated Exchanges In the Supreme Court Oral Arguments Over Gay Marriage

The arguments from Tuesday's Proposition 8 case at the Supreme Court got testy at times. Here are the highlights.
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March 27, 2013

Starbucks Gay Marriage: Concerned Women For America Accuse Starbucks Of Being Intolerant Of Marriage Equality Opponents

An anti-gay marriage group recently complained about Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's advocacy of gay marriage rights, saying Schultz is intolerant of their views. They're wrong.
March 27, 2013

Google Glass: Winners of Explorer Project Pay for Early Access

#ifihadglass contest winners are announced, did you win a pair of Google Glasses? Find out.
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March 27, 2013

Is China Bullying Its Neighbors Over Some Rocks in South China Sea?

Signs of escalating tension are shoring up in the South China Sea as Hanoi and Beijing go head to head over a “trawler attack.” China needs to reevaluate its long-term and short-term priorities.
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March 27, 2013

Antonin Scalia Gay Marriage: Justice Wrong About Same-Sex Parenthood

Scalia’s comments ignore the growing consensus that same-sex couples are fully qualified to raise children, at least as much as their straight counterparts.
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March 27, 2013

How Boston College is Encouraging Students to Have Unprotected Sex

Boston College thinks that by banning condom giveaways students will stop having sex. Uhh. OK.
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March 27, 2013

Will the Obama Library Be Located in Chicago or Hawaii?

The Presidential Library is a relic; a biography and museum of sorts meant to showcase and highlight the highest office in the United States. Where will Obama's be?
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March 27, 2013

Destin Holmes: Mississippi Teen Left School Because Of Anti-Gay Bullying

A 16-year-old lesbian student was the victim of vicious anti-gay bullying that forced her to leave school after just one semester.
March 27, 2013

Sweet 16 Power Rankings and Predictions

Rating the 16 teams left in the NCAA Tournament. From 1 all the way down to 16.
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March 27, 2013

Is Outing Prop 8 Supporters On the Internet OK?

Should you be able to find out online if your neighbors, family, or friends donated money to support California's anti-gay marriage law?
March 27, 2013

New York Stop and Frisk Trial: 'Stop and Frisk' is Not Only Racist, But Also Ineffective

'Stop and Frisk' is not reducing crime in New York City. Instead, the controversial policy is creating a barrier for law enforcement to solve existing crimes.
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March 27, 2013

Passing Gay Marriage Will Harm America's Children

Redefining marriage has far-reaching consequences that would further erode the link between this fundamental institution and the well-being of children.
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March 27, 2013

James Eagan Holmes: Aurora Shooter to Plead Guilty to Avoid Death Penalty

The prosecution is not ready to accept the deal that would allow Holmes to live in prison for the rest of his life.
March 27, 2013

Tina Fey 'Admission': Film Underwhelming, But She'll Bounce Back

Many were let down by Fey's latest flick, "Admission," but to say we're expecting too much from her is an insult to the "30 Rock" creator we all know and love.
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March 27, 2013

Gays Don't Negatively Affect Children — Humans Do

Those against gay marriage need to find another argument besides "it’s bad for the children." If my high school drop-out, twice divorced mother could have me, gays deserve the same right.
March 27, 2013

Boston College Threatens Students Giving Away Birth Control, Risking Its Jesuity Identity

Boston College administrators claim to promote the Jesuit identity by challenging and educating the whole person, but denial of transparent sex health education defies their entire purpose.
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March 27, 2013

What Do Civil War Democrats and the Tea Party Have in Common?

Americans need to face the truth. At some point, we will have to stop electing radical people who don't speak for us as our voice in Washington.
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March 27, 2013

Millennials Can Expect An End to Crisis in Their 40s

Millennials are an optimistic generation, and it makes sense. By your 40s, today's younger Millennials will enjoy a rich phase of life and ultimately see America emerge from this era of crises.
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March 27, 2013

Edith Windsor: Why She Was the Perfect Person to Challenge DOMA

The personal stories of the DOMA challengers will not play a prominent role in oral arguments, but could impact the Court's decision.
March 27, 2013

Viagra 15th Anniversary: 4 Types Of Sexual Dysfunction Commercials

On March 27, 1998, the FDA approved the use of Viagra. To celebrate its milestone birthday, here are the four different categories of sexual dysfuntion commercials.
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March 27, 2013

For Millennials in Russia, Tech, Engineering, and Ingenuity Are the Secret to Job Success

There is a greater need for specialists in the hard sciences and technological fields in Russia, so millennials should pursue these areas to thrive professionally.
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March 27, 2013

David Petraeus Speech: Former General Launches a PR Offensive in First Stage of Comeback Tour

In his first speech since resigning, decorated general David Petraeus apologized for the affair that cost him the top spot at the CIA.
March 27, 2013

YouTube New 'Great Gatsby' Trailer: Preview Proves This Film Adaptation Will Be the Best

"The Great Gatsby" has been adapted into film many times, but the right technology and people have combined forces to finally perfect this American classic.
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March 27, 2013

What Would We Do Without Art and Music? One School District is About to Find Out

Lansing, Michigan Schools are planning on firing 87 teachers in order to save $6 million. But do these cuts threaten students' wellbeing and development?
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March 27, 2013

Jon Hamm Wants You to Shut Up About His "Privates"

After going commando for a "Mad Men" shoot, Jon Hamm's manhood has been a major discussion point on the internet. He's not too pleased about this though, and he has a right to feel violated.
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March 27, 2013

Angelina Jolie Campaigns Against Rape in the Congo

Angelina Jolie and Foreign Secretary have teamed up to end violence against women in war zones.
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March 27, 2013

Mohammed Morsi Government Might Have Ordered Rape Of Protesters

Credible allegations have surfaced that Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood might have ordered the rape of Egyptian protesters. If true, Egypt is guilty of violating the Geneva Convention.
March 27, 2013

Is There Such a Thing As a 'Feminist Housewife'?

Can women juggle being feminist with a career and family? Of course she can — despite what some commentators will tell you.
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March 27, 2013

A Millennial Walks You Through the Case Against Gay Marriage

Legalizing same sex marriage would represent dramatic, rapid change, and when society has adopted radical social change, the results have been regrettable.
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March 27, 2013

Pop Culture is On the Side Of Gay Marriage — SCOTUS Should Be To

With this week's DOMA and Prop 8 hearings, the SCOTUS is under the watchful gaze of pop culture figures. Here's why the Supreme Court needs to listen to them on the issue of same-sex marriage.
March 27, 2013

5 Adorable Senior Citizens Who Support Same-Sex Marriage

We all know that more young people support gay marriage than their older counterparts, but here are some awesome senior citizens who are all for equality.
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March 27, 2013

Exciting New Species Discovery in Papua New Guinea Helps Bring Hope to Conservationists

A pioneering biological survey has revealed dozens of new plants and animals. It is hoped that this region will gain a greater conservation status and lead to the development of new protection.
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March 27, 2013

Jardines v. State Of Florida: SCOTUS Rules Using Drug-Sniffing Dogs Needs a Warrant

The SCOTUS ruled on March 26 that deploying drug dogs requires a warrant, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the majority.
March 27, 2013

Society Has Outgrown Sappy Romantic Comedies — Filmmakers Should Too

People want to see romantic comedies that reflect the truth of dating today (i.e., "(500) Days of Summer"), so why does Hollywood insist on providing us constant Katherine Heigl drivel?
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March 27, 2013

Prop 8 Supreme Court: Would Alito and Kennedy Demand Data to Legalize Interracial Marriage, Too?

Justices Kennedy and Alito want more "data" on the impact of same-sex marriage before they make a move. What if the same standard were applied to interracial marriage?
March 27, 2013

March Madness: Best Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Moments in NCAA Tournament

Thursday and Friday's Sweet 16 games will lead into Saturday and Sunday's Elite 8 match-ups. See the best Sweet 16 and Elite 8 moments of tournaments past.
March 27, 2013

The Average Gamer is 30, So Stop Saying Video Games Ruin Kids

Despite the average gamer age being 30, many people still see gaming as a child's time killer. Chalk it up to a generational gap.
March 27, 2013

Does the Obama Administration Still Have a Diversity Problem?

Despite the appointment of Julia Pierson as the first female director of the Secret Service, some critics still say Obama hasn't gone far enough when it comes to diversity within the cabinet.
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March 27, 2013

Amanda Knox Retrial: Two Potential Outcomes to Her Italian Ordeal

The Italian Supreme Court has requested for the retrial of Amanda Knox, in the murder of British college student Meredith Kercher. Will she remain a free woman?
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March 27, 2013

The Supreme Court Must Allow Gay Marriage in the U.S.

It's not just the right decision, it's the only decision. Anything less than marriage equality would set the fight for civil rights by minority groups back by years and shame all Americans.
March 27, 2013

Would You Sell Your DNA For Better Facebook Ads?

How much money is your DNA going for these days? A cool milli? It's something to think about as companies develop ways to monetize your DNA.
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March 27, 2013

3 Things We Learned About the Future of Prop 8 From SCOTUS

For everyone who finds legal language complicated and dry, here is a guide to the Prop 8 case, and a prediction about the final decision on Prop 8 and same sex marriage in California.
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March 27, 2013

Fracking: For the Future Of America, Look to ... North Dakota?

North Dakota shows the way for future American prosperity ... but just so long as the government doesn't get in the way.
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March 27, 2013

Gay Marriage Cases: Government Should Get Out of Marriage Altogether

Whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal misses the pertinent question altogether: why not do away with government involvement in marriage entirely?
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March 27, 2013

Mic Check: How 3D Printers Are Changing the World

Today's PolicyMic newsletter, featuring our take on the news and our favorite stories from around the web.
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March 27, 2013

Tim Johnson Retirement Opens the Door For GOP Takeover Of the Senate

Conservative activists will undoubtedly see this open seat in a relatively Republican state as an opportunity to install a Senator who has more in common with the Tea Party.