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April 22, 2013

Will China Legalize Gay Marriage Before the United States?

Gay marriage in China could prove to be both socially and politically valuable for that country. More so, the stigmas gays face in America aren't as pronounced as they are in China.
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April 22, 2013

Jared Marcum: Eighth Grader Jailed For Wearing NRA T-Shirt to School

A 14-year-old boy was suspended and jailed for refusing to remove his NRA t-shirt. But, considering the ambiguity of the school's dress code, he may have been well within his rights to wear it.
April 22, 2013

'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Episode 4 Review: And Now His Watch Has Ended

"And Now His Watch Has Ended" is the title of Episode 3.4 of HBO's hit series, and a fitting one at that as important factions meet their ends in this exciting installment of "Game of Thrones."
April 22, 2013

Jack Carroll: Teen With Cerebral Palsy Gets Standing Ovation At 'Britain's Got Talent'

This 14-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is a total boss.
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April 22, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: Last Week's Crises Can't Interfere

Time, and immigration reform, can't wait ... crisis or no crisis.
April 22, 2013

Zac Efron New Movie: 'At Any Price' Movie Review

The film has artless direction, appalling dialogue, and a troubling treatment of women, among other things.
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April 22, 2013

BarstoolU Takes Slut Shaming to a New Level With "10 Sluttiest Colleges in America" List

College women get hit hard with the "Top 10 Sluttiest Colleges in America" compilation.
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April 22, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: 3 Reasons to Stop Using the Term 'Illegal'

Aside from the fact that the term "illegal immigrant" is not legally accurate, it completely dehumanizes and wrongfully criminalizes millions of people instead of their actions.
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April 22, 2013

"Burmese Bin Laden" Creating Division in Myanmar

A 45-year-old Burmese Monk dubbed the “Buddhist Bin Laden” is flaming social tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by advocating for violence against Rohingyas.
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April 22, 2013

Bethlehem Marathon Thrown By Palestinians Can't Find 26 Miles to Run On

Although the UN says everyone has the right to movement, it is clear from the Palestinian's plight that such rights don't extend to them.
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April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013: Superstorms and Megadroughts Will Be the New Normal in Your Lifetime

The average PolicyMic reader is 26, which means you have 60 years or so left on this earth. Which means you’re screwed.
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April 22, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: How It Could Cripple the Construction Industry

If a large number of construction workers are suddenly no longer undocumented and illegal, it is likely they would no longer be willing to work for minimum wage.
April 22, 2013

Meet Comedian Katie Willert: Viral Video Star and Feminist

An interview with the very funny Katie Willert of Cracked.com and the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre about her success and the role of women in comedy.
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April 22, 2013

Millennials Will Be 40 Percent Of the Electorate By 2020

There will be 103 million millennials by 2020 in the U.S., 90 million of which will be eligible voters. Politicians better start listening.
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April 22, 2013

Henry VIII Had More Wives Than There Are Female Governors in the U.S.

Though the number of women serving in Congress has reached an all-time high, the number of female governors is dwindling. Independent voters could change all that.
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April 22, 2013

Krystle M. Campbell Funeral: Teamsters Defend From Westburo Baptist Church Protest

When the Westboro Baptist Church decided to protest Krystle Campbell's funeral, teamsters stood up for their community.
April 22, 2013

Feminism is On the Rise No Matter What Polls Say

A poll reveals only 20% of Americans identify as feminists, but more than 80% of people support gender equality, so the feminist movement isn't small by any means.
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April 22, 2013

CISPA and the STOCK Act Underline What Is Wrong With Government

Last Monday, President Obama signed legislation that rolled back provisions on the STOCK Act (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge).
April 22, 2013

YouTube Daft Punk 'Get Lucky': Listen to One Of Group's Best Songs Ever

Daft Punk's new “Get Lucky” is one of the best songs the band has ever recorded, and is also one of the best pop singles of the year.
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April 22, 2013

Boston Bomber Transcript: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Speaks to Authorities in Hospital

Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's first words to authorities.
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April 22, 2013

Rape Of a 5-Year-Old Girl Sparks Outrage in India

The rape of a five-year-old girl in India is sparking renewed fury over India's rape problem ... and this time, it looks like the Indian authorities are complicit in the horrible crime.
April 22, 2013

Craft Beer Astroturfing is a Beer Snob's Worst Nightmare

America's corporate brewers are claiming a connection with the beer world's grassroots. Beer lovers everywhere should be concerned.
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April 22, 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Christopher Dorner: Stop Treating America's Manhunts Like Movies

Having a soft heart for the bad guy may be acceptable when watching a film, but is a different ballgame when lives are taken.
April 22, 2013

The Oxymoron Of "Corporate Feminism"

What do Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign have in common? They are both mainstream, corporate visions of feminism.
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April 22, 2013

LGA, JFK Flight Delays: Sequester Cuts Begin to Hit Ordinary Americans

Monday saw the first visible effects of the sequester budget cuts as air travel slowed due to furloughs. Is this the first of more delays to come?
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April 22, 2013

7 Worst Islamophobic Reactions to the Boston Bombing

They're not all conservatives, and they're all blaming Islam for last week's Boston Marathon bombing.
April 22, 2013

TIME's Most Influential People 2013: Who Runs the World? Girls!

Thirty-five women make this year's TIME list of the top 100 most influential people in the world.
April 22, 2013

CISPA Internet Blackout Protests by Anonymous Fail to Gain Traction

An Internet blackout was called for by the hacker collective group Anonymous against the controversial CISPA bill. So far the lights have stayed on all over the Internet.
April 22, 2013

GE 'Matrix' Ad: Machines Are Still the Enemy

GE's new ad uses Agent Smith to convince people to buy their products. Did they actually watch the Matrix?
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April 22, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: Boston Bombing Brought Up By Chuck Grassley, Way Too Soon

It took a week, but the Boston bombing finally became a political tool on Capitol Hill. The entrance was not a pretty sight.
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April 22, 2013

Meet the PolicyMic Pundit Making a Documentary About the Atrocities Of Texas Prisons

Pundit Maribel Hermosillo's film in progress details the effects that the prison-industrial complex in Texas has on families and communities in the Lone Star State.
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April 22, 2013

North Korean Nuclear Power: Their Economy is a Wreck, But There's Some Hope Left

With the threat of famine and a badly-managed command economy, North Korea's limited resources need to go socioeconomic development rather than the military.
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April 22, 2013

Syrian Civil War: Why Nobody is Talking About War Rape in Syria?

Rape is generally under-reported during peacetime, and more so during wartime.
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April 22, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: Will Abused Undocumented Women Get Their Rights?

One thing that hasn't really been discussed during the immigration reform debate is the state of undocumented women, particularly victims of sexual abuse and rape.
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April 22, 2013

Foreclosure Fraud Victims' Checks Bounce

After years of investigation and negotiation, homeowners who were wrongfully foreclosed were due to get compensation. They received checks. Just without any money attached.
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April 22, 2013

How One Typo Let Tamerlan Tsarnaev Slip Under the FBI's Radar

Due to a simple mispelling of his name on flight records, the Tsarnaev brother managed to travel to Russia without notice by the FBI.
April 22, 2013

Millennials Are Remembering the "Good Old Days" Way Too Early in Their Lives

Getting nostalgic is kind of hip and completely enjoyable. But ultimately, it makes all of us sound like a bunch of old people, and I never expected it to start this early.
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April 22, 2013

Republican Senator Endorses Torture: "It Would Have Been Me, Bin Laden and a Baseball Bat"

New York State Senator Greg Ball doesn't just defend torture. He wants to do it himself.
April 22, 2013

Mars One Proves That Space Colonization Should Be a Priority For the U.S.

Expanding beyond the confines of the Earth needs to happen, and the sooner the better.
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April 22, 2013

Woman Faces Jail Time If She Receives Life-Saving Abortion

A critically ill and pregnant 22-year-old woman may face jail time in El Salvador if she goes through with what is likely going to be a lifesaving abortion.
April 22, 2013

12 Movies That Will Be Box Office Winners in 2013

Summer is fast approaching and Blockbuster season is consequently heating up. It is ripe time to take a look at the movies which will be the biggest performers at the box office this year.
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April 22, 2013

Gun Control Debate: Gun Control Hits Roadblock, But This is Not the End

The gun control movement hit a major road block last Wednesday. But, regardless on what side of the debate you stand, this is just the beginning of the gun fight in America.
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April 22, 2013

Earth Day: Free Market Believers Are Likely to be Climate Change Deniers

A study shows that ones belief in lassiez-faire free markets can predict whether or not they believe in climate change and conspiracy theories.
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April 22, 2013

Boston Bombing Heroes: This is Who They Were

Those who run toward the explosion, not from it, to help those in need, are our real-life heroes because of their ultimate sacrifice.
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April 22, 2013

Pakistani Woman Reports Gang-Rape: Gets Kicked Out Of Police Station

When a woman reported that she was gang-raped, the police compassionately responded by asking her to leave.
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April 22, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombings: Time to Rethink Terrorism, Again

The attack on Boston is no different than an attack in Baghdad, Karachi or Kabul. It proves that terrorism is still an ever-present threat in our modern world.
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April 22, 2013

4 Reasons Why Game Of Thrones is a Brilliant Parallel Of the Modern World

While the world of Game of Thrones takes place in a fictional medieval time period, these four reasons will show you how the themes of the show are still applicable to our real, modern world.
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April 22, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombings Lockdown: How Many Rights Will We Sacrifice For Safety?

The Boston manhunt showed us the power of our government's increased national security measures. How close to a police state are we willing to get?
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April 22, 2013

Canada Terrorist Attack: Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser Planned to Attack Rail Line

Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser were arrested in Quebec and Ontario for conspiring to attack a VIA rail line of a passenger train between New York and Canada.
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April 22, 2013

4 Times That President Obama "Willfully Lied"?

President Obama accuses the gun lobby of lying in order to kill background checks from recent gun legislation. Here are a few cases where Obama seems to have been dishonest, too.
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April 22, 2013

Chechnya: How the U.S. Failed to Recognize It as a Threat

Just like the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Albanians from the Kosovo region, the U.S. has failed to recognize the international threat Chechen separatists have posed.
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April 22, 2013

To Appeal to Millennials, the GOP Must Focus On the Next Generation Of Leaders

Millennials are growing and old Republicans are dying. If we don't change how we talk to younger voters now, there won't be enough of us to go around in 10 or 20 years.
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April 22, 2013

Austerity Will Cost the U.S. 3 Million Jobs By 2020

The American Society of Civil Engineers found that, without investing an additional $157 billion per year in infrastructure, the U.S. could lose jobs and trillions of dollars in GDP by 2020.
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April 22, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombings: Does Race Matter?

At the end of the day, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a suspect in a fatal tragedy. And that’s what counts — the loss of three lives and the injuries of a hundreds of others, not his ethnic background.
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April 22, 2013

Texas Explosion: Is Lax Regulation to Blame?

Could lax regulation be to blame for the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 and injured 200 people?
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April 22, 2013

Mic Check: 15 Mind-Blowing Earth Day Facts

Today's PolicyMic newsletter, featuring our take on the day's news and our favorite stories from around the Web.
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April 22, 2013

Italy Election Results 2013: Is the Political Crisis Over After the Election Of Giorgio Napolitano?

The Italian Parliament has re-elected current president Giorgio Napolitano. However, the outcome was a surprise and does not exactly mean stability.
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April 22, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Motive Might Have Been Linked to Experiences in Dagestan

As more details emerge of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's trip to Dagestan and other details about his life, the possible role of his Chechen heritage may prove a key factor in the motive.
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April 22, 2013

CISPA Bill: How It Threatens Privacy and Liberty

Security once again clashes with civil liberties. Which is more important in this cyber warfare context?
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April 22, 2013

5 Things I Learned My Senior Year Of College

Over the course of the past nine months, I’ve learned a few things about myself as well as about the working world.
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April 22, 2013

Obama Budget 2014: 5% Cut to National Health Institute Could Leave America 100% Sicker

Apparently, America needs to put money into its health care system to keep it (and us) alive. Who knew?
April 22, 2013

'The Kill Team' Movie Review: Film a Reminder That War Ruins Everyone

The documentary shows us what we already knew: that war destroys everyone, just as it always has, for centuries, for thousands upon thousands of years.
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April 22, 2013

1 in 50 Adults Claim Disability in the U.S.

The number of people on disability has skyrocketed in recent years. Why is it happening, and what should we do about it?
April 22, 2013

How to Combat Asian Hipsterism

Asians and Asian-Americans should start playing a stronger role in shaping societal perceptions of themselves.
April 22, 2013

George Soros Obituary: Reuters Publishes It Even Though He's Not Dead

Reuters mistakenly published an obituary of financier and philanthropist George Soros, but sources confirmed he is not, in fact, dead.
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April 22, 2013

West, Texas Explosion: It Shows How Effective Feds Can Be in Disaster Response

As the crisis wraps up in Boston, it is too early to tell whether the federal government could have done more. What is clear is that they acted well in this week's other crisis.
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April 22, 2013

All the Single Ladies ... Are Buying Homes

So put your keys up.
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April 22, 2013

Salam Fayyad Resignation Forces Palestinians to Chose Between Palestinian Unity and Peace With Israel

Palestine Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's resignation offers an opportunity for reconciliation between Fatah and Islamist Hamas, and in turn a challenge to peace with Israel.
April 22, 2013

6 Ways to (Productively) Live At Home With Your Parents

Hip tips for achieving peace of mind while living rent-free with your parents from Beyoubesure.com co-founder Alison Sher.
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April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013: 3 Important Reasons Environmental Justice is a Feminist Issue

Three important reasons why environmental justice is a feminist issue explained in three short and sweet points.
April 22, 2013

Waco Anniversary: Domestic Terrorists Have Been Hiding Amongst Us the Whole Time

The 20th anniversary of Waco is a story worth telling to new generations because it has reverberations in the present day.
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April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013: This Throwback 90s Video About Earth Day is Superb

Who knew that caring about the Earth could be this rad?
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April 22, 2013

NYC Smoking Age: Bloomberg Supports Raising It to... 21!?

Or is this just further evidence of a nanny state?
April 22, 2013

What is Google Now?

The Google Now app, which will help users estimate travel times and weather conditions, among other things, is coming to your home page soon. Get excited.
April 22, 2013

Cinnamon Challenge Bad for Your Health? Duh.

Obligatory health concern statement about the ever-popular cinnamon challenge.
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April 22, 2013

Pervez Musharraf Trial: Is Pakistan Finally Tackling Corruption?

Pakistan's former president, Pervez Musharraf, was arrested and is set to stand in front of the country's high court for his alleged crimes.
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April 22, 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: A Legal Battle Begins in Boston

Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in the hospital, and questions are brewing over the details of the plot and his impending trial.
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April 22, 2013

Boston Bombings: Dzohkhar Tsarnaev Formally Charged by Authorities

Federal Authorities have formally charged the surviving suspect of the Boston bombings Dzohkhar Tsarnaev.
April 22, 2013

Global Internet Restrictions Are On the Rise, and They Must Be Stopped

Russia's strict internet supervision is not independent to the country, and the rest of the world should be very concerned about the global trend of privacy invasion.
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April 22, 2013

Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike: Half Of Gitmo Is Now On Strike?

Only 6 out of 166 prisoners have been formally charged. The rest are there without sufficient evidence or justification for their imprisonment.
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April 22, 2013

Why Goldman Can't Afford to Cut Paychecks

Goldman cannot afford to cut pay — otherwise it would almost certainly lose its employees to other firms, so instead the company is focusing on trimming the headcount.
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April 22, 2013

Will Bank Regulation Hurt Banks In the Long Term?

If laws target “too big to fail” banks, regulations and capital requirements will hurt bank profits and their ability to raise more capital to fund American commerce.
April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013: How Celebrating Earth Day is Hurting the Planet

Sorry, environmental activists: Spelling out CO2 with your GPS devices is not ending climate change.
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April 22, 2013

Boston Bombings and Texas Explosion: Monday Marks the End Of the "Week From Hell"

Several tragic events last we have brought Americans together.
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April 22, 2013

China Says U.S. Failure to Pass Gun Control Violates Human Rights

China is firig back at the State Department's 2013 Human Rights report by accusing the U.S. of its own violations, including voter suppression and discrimination against women and Muslims.