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May 7, 2013

5 Duties Of a U.S. Citizen Few Americans Are Aware Of

All Americans have the following five obligations, whether we remember it or not.
May 7, 2013

'The Great Gatsby' Movie: A Side By Side Comparison Of the 1974 Cast and 2013 Cast

Baz Luhrmann's "Gatsby" isn't the story's first time on the big screen. See how this year's crop of actors stack up against their 1974 predecessors.
May 7, 2013

Happiness Study: Money, Sex, and Alcohol Are the Keys After All

Two recently released studies offer insight into the causes of happiness: one rejects old wisdom about the link between income and happiness; the other finds sex and partying to be most fun.
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May 7, 2013

Adam Kokesh: Planning Gun March in Washington For July 4

The libertarian is organizing an armed rally in Washington D.C., for July 4. Surely nothing will go wrong!
May 7, 2013

Danny Brown: Unsolicited Oral Sex On Rapper Was Rape

Hip-hop artist Danny Brown recently experienced an onstage assault that sent the rap world into a Twitter frenzy. What happened to him was rape because he didn't ask for it or give consent.
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May 7, 2013

Jodi Arias Verdict: Her Artwork is Guilty Of Mediocrity

Just when you thought the Jodi Arias trial couldn't get any weirder, the admitted killer and confirmed freak in the bedroom is selling her art online, and her productions are pretty dull.
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May 7, 2013

10 Tips For Getting a Bikini Body By Memorial Day

Here is a list of things you must start doing (exercising) and stop doing (eating) immediately to ensure that you’ll earn the right to don a bikini this summer.
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May 7, 2013

Pakistan Elections 2013: Is Imran Khan the Barack Obama Of Pakistan?

Imran Khan has energized the young voters in Pakistan amidst violence and chaos but he runs the risk of disappointing the next generation of Pakistani voters.
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May 7, 2013

Olivia Sprauer: High School Teacher Fired For Modeling Swimsuits

Olivia Sprauer was canned for her work as a "glamour" model, raising questions about whether teachers are safe to pursue less extreme versions of part-time work in the modeling industry.
May 7, 2013

National Hero Knew Something Was Wrong When "A White Girl Ran Into A Black Man's Arms"

Could this be the most hilarious hero in American history?
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May 7, 2013

Pakistan Election 2013: Imran Khan Fractures Skull, Continues to Give Speech From Hospital Room

Whether Pakistanis agree with his politics or not, Imran Khan is still revered and loved as one of Pakistan’s greatest leader and hero — and with good reason, as shown from his perseverance.
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May 7, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: 40% Of Fortune 500 Companies Were Founded By An Immigrant

Are immigrants really taking American jobs? The belief that immigrants don’t make jobs, just take jobs, is just plain wrong.
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May 7, 2013

Vladimir Putin: Russia's Billionaires Are Snubbing Him

The Russian oligarchs that Putin helped create are turning against him.
May 7, 2013

Anonymous OpUSA: Massive Cyber Attack Planned For Tuesday Against Government and Banks

Hacker collective Anonymous and other hacker groups are set to engage in an attack, dubbed OpUSA, on the websites of major U.S. government agencies and financial institutions today.
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May 7, 2013

Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strikes: Will Force-Fed Prisoners Push Congress to Close the Prison?

For more than six years, Obama has battled Congress to close the Cuban-based detention camp. Starving prisoners, while extreme and dangerous, could help him make the final push.
May 7, 2013

Google Glass Release: In Time, This Will Be a Hot Item

Google Glass might not be stylish right now, but neither was the first cell phone. That doesn't take away from Glass' utility.
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May 7, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: Heritage Says Bill Would Cost Trillions, And They're Right

Conservatives, looking to rebound from 2012 defeats, have latched onto immigration reform. But the Heritage Foundation's cost estimates need to be taken seriously as we evaluate this bill.
May 7, 2013

Amanda Knox CNN Interview: Preview Of Andrew Cuomo's Exclusive Interview

CNN's interview with Amanda Knox airs Tuesday night.
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May 7, 2013

Charles Ramsey 911 Call: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight Found Alive

The recorded 911 phone call of hero Charles Ramsey after helping three women escape from their 10 year prison.
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May 7, 2013

Illinois Unions Are So Greedy and Drunk On Power They're Even Crushing Democrats Now

Mayor Emanuel caved to the teachers union last year to end the strike. Now they want him fired. Speaker Madigan is now being taken to court by the unions after finally pushing for pension reform.
May 7, 2013

Lil Wayne: PepsiCo Drops Rapper For "Emmett Till" Song Lyric

With hip-hop stars Lil Wayne and Rick Ross being dropped from prospective endorsements, this begs the question: When is being provocative actually too much?
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May 7, 2013

Ariel Castro: Son Of Alleged Cleveland Kidnapper Wrote Newspaper Article On Missing Girl After Disappearance

Nearly 10 years ago, alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro's son wrote an newspaper article on a missing girl that her father apparently kidnapped.
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May 7, 2013

SC Special Election Results: Mark Sanford's Improbable Comeback is Complete

Republican Mark Sanford has beat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch by 54.3% to 45.2%. Sanford amazingly took all five counties in the district.
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May 7, 2013

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight: 3 Kidnapped Cleveland Women Found After 10 Years

Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus escaped from a Cleveland home after being kidnapped for ten years. Who kidnapped them and why were they being held?
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May 7, 2013

Nicholas Ferroni: Meet the Teacher Who is Revolutionizing American Education

Meet the teacher you wish you had when you were in high school.
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May 7, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: Obama Deported 409,849 Individuals in 2012

A look into how the White House will aid Congress in passing comprehensive immigration reform.
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May 7, 2013

Watch: This Amazing Anti-Child Abuse Ad is Only Visibile to Children

An ad using unique technology seeks to help isolated and neglected children, as well as bring attention to hidden child abuse.
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May 7, 2013

Saudi Diplomat Human Trafficking: Why Do Diplomats and the Wealthy Turn to Human Trafficking?

In the past decade, there has been an increase of cases with foreign diplomats trafficking domestic workers into the United States.
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May 7, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Day 2013: Thank An Awesome Teacher You've Had

While we don't have official ways of celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day in the U.S., we can have our own informal celebrations by thanking the teachers who positively impacted our lives.
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May 7, 2013

Venezuela Election 2013: Henrique Capriles Challenges Results, Doesn't Stand a Chance

The vote audit administered by Venezuela's National Electoral Council is unlikely to change the outcome of the April election; however, Capriles should take solace in the public's support.
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May 7, 2013

Boy Scouts Gay Policy: Rick Perry Compares BSA's Gay Ban to Anti-Slavery Fight

Rick Perry somehow compares the fight against one discriminatory practice to the support of another.
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May 7, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: Eric Holder Mistakes It As a Civil Rights Issue

Attorney General Eric Holder says that immigration reform is a matter of civil rights. Do current laws discriminate unfairly? Or is that what immigration reform would do?
May 7, 2013

PolicyMic Launches the D.C. City Challenge

PolicyMic launches its first ever city challenge to bring in 100 new writers living, working or going to school in the D.C. area.
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May 7, 2013

Amanda Knox, Sex, and the Media's Misogynistic Double Standard

The revisiting of Knox's sexual experiences indicates a media double standard against female sexuality.
May 7, 2013

New Yorker's Mother's Day Cover Features Awesome Lesbian Couple

The New Yorker wants to make sure we are celebrating all mums equally.
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May 7, 2013

Delaware Gay Marriage: Delaware Will Become the 11th State to Legalize Gay Marriage

As polls show 70% of millennials support marriage equality, the Delaware Senate on Tuesday passed a bill legalizing same sex marriage, guaranteeing it will be the 11th state to do so.
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May 7, 2013

Minimum Wage Increase is Good For Women and the Economy

Women make up nearly 2/3rds of all minimum wage workers and 40% of women are the primary breadwinners for their households. The minimum wage IS a women's issue.
May 7, 2013

Kermit Gosnell Case: Kirsten Powers Calls Abortion Rights Movement "The NRA Of the Left"

I don't agree with Powers on much, but at least she understands what late-term abortion is at its core: infanticide.
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May 7, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: MSNBC Host Touré Announces Support For Open Borders

Co-host of MSNBC show The Cycle gives three reasons why he's supporting open borders — and is right on all three accounts.
May 7, 2013

10 Photos Of Outrageous Things Musicians Demand Backstage

Ridiculous doesn't begin to describe some of the stuff musicians request to have backstage.
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May 7, 2013

Gun Control Debate: Justice Dept. Reports Violence is Down

Gun violence is down, and gun control isn't the reason.
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May 7, 2013

Benghazi Conspiracy: Is Obama's Wall Of Silence On Benghazi About to Crack?

Senator Graham predicts that the three whistleblowers set to testify in Wednesday's House Oversight Committee meeting will shed light into the full story of September 2012's terror attack.
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May 7, 2013

Jeff Krusinski: Air Force Officer In Charge Of Preventing Sexual Assault Charged With Sexual Battery

Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, the chief sexual assault prevention officer, was charged with sexual assault this weekend. This underlines a sexual assault epidemic in the military.
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May 7, 2013

Amanda Berry 911 Call: Audio and Transcript Of Call That Lead to Discovery Of 3 Missing Women

Amanda Berry made a 911 call that saved her life and the lives of two other women.
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May 7, 2013

Jodi Arias Verdict: Jury Deliberations Ongoing As Americans Captivated By Sex, a Killing, and a Raunchy Audiotape

The Jodi Arias trial contains all the elements for ridiculous media sensationalism.
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May 7, 2013

"Know Your IX" is Holding Colleges Accountable For Covering Up Rape

Do you know your Title IX rights? If not, these college activists have a message for you.
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May 7, 2013

Occidental College Faculty Are Sick Of the School's Disgusting Treatment Of Rape Cases

Faculty members took a huge step Monday in defending sexual assault survivors when they voted "no confidence" in Campus Attorney Carl Botterud and Dean Barbara Avery.
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May 7, 2013

Tribesmen Promise Fight to the Death to Save the Rainforest

Ecuador is trying to sell a third of its rain-forest to Chinese oil industrialists, prompting tribesmen to threaten to give up their lives in defense of the sacred jungles they call home.
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May 7, 2013

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Too Soon For a Book On the Boston Bombers?

This week, barely a month after the Boston Bombings, Riverhead books announced their plans to publish a biography of the Tsarnaev brothers. The timing is insensitive to say the least.
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May 7, 2013

Kenneth Bae: Can Dennis Rodman Help Free An Imprisoned American?

Dennis Rodman, the self-proclaimed lifetime friend of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, tweeted today that he will reach out to his friend to secure the release of American prisoner Kenneth Bae.
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May 7, 2013

Benghazi Cover Up Will Drive Obama Out, Says Huckabee ... Yeah, That's Probably Not Going to Happen

While Benghazi forcing Obama from office is a pipe dream, Republicans should still get a scalp from the fallout, and that's a win at the end of the day.
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May 7, 2013

Slacktivism: Westerners Can't Just "Like" Away Problems in Africa

Sudan Expert Alex de Waal just wrote the most important blog for young aspiring activists, but most will ignore it.
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May 7, 2013

Sugata Mitra: Let's Have Cloud Classrooms Without Teachers

In his TED talks, Sugata Mitra has a vision for an educational world turned upside down. It is a hard vision to swallow, but one worth embracing.
May 7, 2013

She & Him 'Volume 3': Zooey Deschanel and Other Actresses With Music Careers

Deschanel found success and — perhaps more importantly — credibility, as a singer. Here are five more actresses who, for better or for worse, attempted music.
May 7, 2013

Savita Halappanavar: Following Her Death, Ireland Finally Revisits Abortion Laws

More than six months after the death of Savita Halappanavar, Ireland’s government will vote on legislation to allow abortions when there is a risk to the mother’s life.
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May 7, 2013

Anti-Abuse Ad: Why the Kids-Only Ad Might Not Serve Its Purpose

While this secret ad is touching and effective at getting the attention of many Internet users, I am reminded that child advocacy has a long way to go.
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May 7, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: As the Country Changes, So Do Republicans

With the advent of an immigration-reform bill, immigration law isn't the only thing we see changing. The very nature of the Republican Party is in flux.
May 7, 2013

Savita Halappanavar: Ireland Walks a Dangerous Line Between Church and State

Ireland offers the world a glimpse of what can happen when we begin to blur the line separating church and state.
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May 7, 2013

Family Leave: Why It Must Be Reformed For Millennials

We do not have anything close to the more generous leave policies of other industrialized nations, which in many cases provide paid leave or extended leave for employees at all levels.
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May 7, 2013

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Makes Odd Claim On Marriage Equality — It's a "Serious Injustice"

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has some strong words for marriage equality proponents: they're committing a "serious injustice."
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May 7, 2013

Michele Bachmann Ethics Investigation: What's the Worst That Could Happen?

Senator Ken Sorenson allegedly accepted $7,500 per month as an employee of the Bachmann campaign, transactions that violate Iowa Senate ethics regulations. But does all this really matter now?
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May 7, 2013

E-Cigarettes: A Brave New World When It Comes to Smoking

How will American culture react to the NJOY E-cig era? Here are some ideas.
May 7, 2013

Is 'The Terminator' the Best Movie Ever? Become a Culture Pundit and Challenge the PolicyMic Staff Film Picks

In honor of our newly launched Summer Culture Skillsare, the PolicyMic staff reveals the top reasons to love their favorite movies.
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May 7, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: Is It Unfair to Low-Skilled Workers and Latinos?

While the bipartisan compromise is progress, it's still boasting a good number of flaws ... including provisions that might make it very hard for some people to gain citizenship.
May 7, 2013

Abortion Rights: "Teen Mom" Proves We Must Support Pregnant and Parenting Students

Rewatching just one episode of Teen Mom shows how vital passing the PPSAE is to helping pregnant and parenting students.
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May 7, 2013

April Job Numbers: Food Stamp Rolls Grow Even While the Economy Recovers

Despite healthy signs of an economic recovery the number of people on food stamps still remains dangerously high.
May 7, 2013

Prom 2013: Low Income Families Spend More On Prom Costs

Perhaps families are trying to make up for decreased economic success with the celebration of a single night, one that most teenagers can get excited about.
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May 7, 2013

South Carolina Special Election Polls: Mark Sanford Cut Too Much Slack

Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor infamous for his 2008 extramarital affair, is now leading in polls for S.C.'s first Congressional district.
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May 7, 2013

Missing Cleveland Women: Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus Found

Three women were found after being held captive by Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio. The women were accompanied by a young girl, believed to be the daughter of Amanda Berry, missing since 2003.
May 7, 2013

#FollowATeen: Creepy Or Eye-Opening?

Is your Twitter feed lacking a little petty drama? Do you want to relive high school without having to leave your house? #FollowATeen to change that.
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May 7, 2013

Syrian Civil War: Why Israel's Air Strikes Are Ultimately Meaningless

Israel may have struck a weapons facility in Syria, but that's not a guarantee of all-out war in the region. In fact, this is something almost everyone wants to avoid.
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May 7, 2013

Google Glass Privacy Concerns: "Glass is Going to Cause Quite a Brawl"

Today's PolicyMic newsletter, featuring our take on the day's news and our favorite stories from around the web.
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May 7, 2013

Chris Christie Weight Loss Surgery: Does Weight-Loss Surgery Mean He's Running in 2016?

The New Jersey governor recently worked with an ace laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon to cut down on his size. In this day and age of image-based politics, this could mean presidential dreams.
May 7, 2013

Twitter Hate Speech: Fight It With More Speech, Not Less

A new “Digital Terrorism and Hate” report tracks and reports the distressing proliferation of hate groups across social media. The report's solutions deserve some careful scrutiny.
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May 7, 2013

Israeli Settlements: Reports Claim Israel Has Halted New West Bank Settlements

Some news agencies are reporting that Israel has stopped approving new tenders for construction in the occupied West Bank, but is this really the case and would it even change anything?
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May 7, 2013

Did Mark Sanford Win? Yes He Did and Here Is Why

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

South Carolina Election 2013 Results: A Good Night For Sanfod and a Bad One for Colbert Busch

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

1st Congressional District Results: Sanford Stay Ahead!

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

South Carolina Special Election 2013 Full Results: Mark Sanford Wins Everything

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

South Carolina Election 2013 Results: Sanford Takes The Lead

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

Who Won the South Carolina Election? Mark Sanford!

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

Mark Sanford Election Results: Possible Trouble for Sanford in the Berkeley County

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

South Carolina Election 2013 Results: And The Polls Have Closed!

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

Mark Sanford Polls: A Phoenix Rising?

Mark Sanford's rise in the polls has been nothing short of stunning.
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May 7, 2013

Mark Sanford Election Results: Sanford Goes All In, Claims He Will Not Seek Office Again If He Loss

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

South Carolina Special Election 2013: Elizabeth Colbert Busch Fights Back Against Whisper Campaign About Divorce

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

When Do the South Carolina Election Polls Close?

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

South Carolina Election 2013 Results: What to Watch For As The Results Come In

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.
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May 7, 2013

1st Congressional District Results: Where To See Them Live

Today the electoral battle between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch promises to be a tense and exciting race. Follow the PolicyMic liveblog as we give you live coverage and the results.