11 Pop Songs You Didn't Know Were Written By the One Republic Lead Singer

Most people who know the name Ryan Tedder usually associate him with the band, One Republic. But Tedder wrote and fastened his name to huge hits long before he joined the band.

Immigration Reform 2013: 6 Things You Need to Know About the Senate Bill

Everyone is talking about the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, which recently passed in the Senate. But what exactly does the bill do in the first place? The answer may surprise you.

The $1 Trillion Problem That Nobody’s Talking About

We need to spend $1 trillion over the next 20+ years to fix our aging water infrastructure. A lot of this is going to come from increased water bill rates.

This Soldier Has 2,746 Confirmed Kills But Doesn't Want to Be Called a Hero

Sergeant Dillard Johnson is one of the deadliest U.S. soldiers on the record. But as he himself would be the first to tell you, that might not be something we want to celebrate.

Meet Jessica Bennett, Feminist Powerhouse and Editor Of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In

The unstoppable editor for explains to PolicyMic how feminism helps millennials in the workplace.

Is America Still the Land of the Free? This 1 Chart Could Make You Think Otherwise

Years before the NSA started to collect our data, the U.S.'s record on privacy was among the worst in the developed world. We can only imagine what it's like now.

'The Bachelorette' Recap: Mikey Tenerelli Kicked Off Too Soon

A deep-veed bro was prematurely sent home this week. Here are some reasons why he should still be jet-setting with Des and her gaggle of mancandy.

NYC Pride Parade 2013: 9 Incredible Things to Know About the Parade

What better way to celebrate the epic demise of DOMA than at the NYC Pride Parade?

6 Things You Need to Know Before You Visit NYC This Summer

For starters, don't wear an "I Heart New York" shirt.

Meet the "Prancing Elites," Mobile, Alabama's All Black, Mostly Male Cheer Squad

The Prancing Elites got viral status following Shaquille O'Neal's Twitter nod. Find out more about the challenges they and other male cheerleaders face.

After 42 Years, Say Goodbye to the Iconic Met Buttons

After 42 years, the museum no longer has the means to distribute metal buttons as admission badges and is going to start distributing paper tickets instead.

Gay Pennsylvania Congressman Barred From Speaking Because Of "God's Law"

Whatever happened to the separation of church and state?

Windows 8.1 Release Date: Free Windows 8 Update Preview Now Available For Download

Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 at the 2013 Build Conference. The software conglomerate asserts that its newest creation will satisfy consumers with old and new technological features.

"Pro-Life" Rick Perry Just Oversaw Texas's 500th Execution

It is perfectly normal that this makes entirely no sense to you.

NYC Pride Week 2013: 7 Things to Know About the Weekend Celebration

Friday night kicks off Pride Week in NYC, one of the largest pushes for LGBT civil rights in the United States and across the world. Here are seven things to know about the weekend ahead.

What Does the New Defense Of Marriage Mean For Me and My Fiancée?

Though equality still remains a far cry for people from all walks of life, Wednesday's events certainly represent a momentous occasion in the broader fight for human rights.

How a Consistent Lack of Sleep Can Literally Kill You

Ever meet one of those annoying people who wears their four hours of sleep per night as a badge of honor? Don't worry. Science is on your side, so go back to bed.

8 Best Amazon Reviews Of Wendy Davis's Shoes

It's moments like these that make me want to hug the internet.

Don't Roll Your Eyes At This Story. It May Land You In Jail

Texas teenager Justin Carter was put in jail for making a sarcastic commnt on the web. Could this be the future?

9 Republicans Who Can Give Modern Liberals Hope

Liberals who are understandably distressed at the fierce partisanship currently rending our political system can take hope in these nine Republican leaders.

Minimum Wage Increase: Raising It to $9 May Not Be Enough

While raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour could improve the lives of 15 million low-income workers, if the wage had merely kept pace with inflation it'd be over $10 by now.

A Day After DOMA Was Canned, This GOPer Was Already Trying to Bring It Back

To all the naysayers: Gay Marriage will be nationwide one day. Anyone opposed to it now is on the wrong side of history.

Where Is Edward Snowden: Ecuador Stands Up to America — and Tells Us to Start Respecting Human Rights

The U.S. threatened to take away Ecuador's trade privileges, so Ecuador called the U.S.'s bluff. They even sent us some money to spend on human-rights training programs.

Wendy Davis Filibuster: 13-Hour SB 5 Speech Accomplished Everything It Needed to

Wendy Davis has a long career in front of her — regardless of whether SB 5 becomes law.

Immigration Reform 2013: House GOP Now Control the Game, But What They Will Do Is Anybody’s Guess

The fate of immigration reform is now in the control of the House of Representatives. How or when there will be final resolution is the ultimate question.

We Can't Let Sex Trafficking Become Just Another Big Budget Hollywood Plot Line

We can’t let sex trafficking become just exciting background noise for big-budget Hollywood.

Immigration Reform 2013: Our Misguided "Border Security" Fetish

Are increased border security measures a good plan? Studies show that undocumented immigrants end up staying a lot longer when security on the border is tightened.

The 6 Most Amazing Facial Expressions From Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis responds to the ridiculous things uttered by anti-choicers during and after her 11-hour filibuster.

Trayvon Martin Trial: George Zimmerman Doesn't Deserve Much Sympathy

The prosecution has shown that Zimmerman did not follow protocols. At this point, he doesn't deserve much sympathy for his actions.

2013 NBA Draft: Winners and Losers

Who hit it big and who blew it?

Sigurdur Thordarson: How An 18-Year-Old FBI Informant Tricked WikiLeaks

Sigurdur Thordarson, an 18-year-old Icelander, infiltrated Wikileaks to steal huge amounts of information for the FBI. Is he a weasel, or a whistleblower's whistleblower?

9 Best Gay New Yorker Covers Of All Time

Need evidence that The New Yorker never stopped believing in gay marriage? This will convince you.

5 Things the Other 49 States Can Learn From Alaska

For once, believe what Sarah Palin said: Alaska is a great stage for national issues.

Marijuana Legalization: Medical Pot For Toddlers Could Be the Next Step, and That's Good News

Vivian Wilson's parents made headlines in their fight to get their daughter a strain of marijuana that has shown success for children with Dravet syndrome, a rare and violent form of epilepsy.

9 Williamsburg Spots That Turned Mainstream Activities Into Hipster Havens

Here are nine places to check out in Williamsburg and its close surroundings that will make your life outside of the trendy borough seem dull in comparison.

Prince William and Kate Baby: Having a Royal Family Ain't Cheap. Who's Paying For It?

The money for royal weddings, castle maintenance, fox hunts, and all that other pageantry has to come from somewhere. Right?

Gun Sales 2013: Why Are Firearms Sales Skyrocketing?

More guns are being sold now than ever since 1998. Why are Americans rushing to arm up?

What It Was Like Inside the Courtroom During DOMA's Ruling

A recount of my personal journey as a member of the LGBT community witnessing history in the Supreme Court.

Rachel Jeantel to Zimmerman Lawyer: "That's Real Retarded, Sir"

On Thursday, Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel responded to a question by Zimmerman's defense attorney by saying, "That's real retarded, sir."

Immigration Reform 2013: Phyllis Schlafly Doesn't Think Hispanics Understand the Bill of Rights

Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly took advantage of the First Amendment to hurt any Republican Hispanic outreach efforts. But her direction for the GOP is toxic.

To All the Social Entrepreneurs: Get Over Your Egos

When for-profiters and non-profiters fail to see their common interests, their ventures are doomed.

5 Ways to Pursue Passion and Make Money Doing It

Here are five awesome ways to pursue your passion and not bankrupt yourself (monetarily or emotionally) doing it.

After Gay Marriage Rulings, Christian Conservatives Unconvincingly Portray Themselves As the Victims

Many Christians think they're being persecuted because of their anti-gay positions, but such a view of the situation is downright perverse.

5 Amazing Books Set in New York City

Want to go to New York City this summer but can't afford it? Here are five books that evoke the city so well you'll feel like you're there.

Trayvon Martin Shooting: Thanks, Media, For Turning Coverage Of a Tragedy Into a Three-Ring Circus

Is the media causing more of an outrage during the George Zimmerman trial? With live coverage from major cable news networks, the public can view every detail of the case. Is this beneficial?

Prop 8 and DOMA Rulings: Stuck In Its Own Grave, the GOP Keeps Digging

The GOP will try to appeal to non-white, younger voters, but it may be too late for it to reverse course. Maybe it shouldn't have sold itself to Fox News, Evangelicals, and the Tea Party.

Long-Term Unemployment Still 257% Higher than 2007 Levels

The quiet plight of the long-term unemployed continues, with new numbers suggesting as many as 5 million people remain out of work for six months or longer.

The Unexpected Way Texas's Largest City is Dealing With Its Prostitution Problem

Instead of locking up prostitutes that mostly stem from lives of physical and sexual abuse, Houston tries an alternative to limiting rates of prostitution: rehab.

Michael Bloomberg Soda Ban: Americans Say, "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Soda. Actually, Can We Have Both?"

Is it "nanny government" or acting in the public interest? Either way, the latest poll shows Americans are not happy with ban on their soda sizes.

Guess How Many PolicyMic Pundits Made Their Mark On Mainstream Media

PolicyMic's pundits are all over the web. See where they've been featured, mentioned, and re-tweeted by media outlets in the past few weeks.

So Long Annoying Cable Providers, Hello Aereo TV

Cable giants like Time Warner are responding to internet live TV streaming services by lowering their own cable packages, but can't these companies pick on someone their own size?

2013 NBA Draft LIVE: Complete Draft Pick Updates, Analysis, and Rumors

Will there be a surprise at #1?

Taksim Square Protest: Turkey Isn't Egypt Or Libya, and Occupy Gezi Isn't the Arab Spring

The recent protests and Turkey's modern history show us the real struggles the country has with the meaning of "democracy."

Smoking Only Has One Benefit — and Even That May Not Be Real

According to a recent Gallup Healthways poll, smoking cigarettes is actually a pretty good indicator of emotional health (or lack thereof).

Zimmerman Trial Witness: "The Person On the Bottom Had a Lighter Skin Color"

On Friday, an eyewitness gave testimony suggesting that Trayvon Martin was on top of George Zimmerman during the struggle that proceeded the shooting.

2013 NBA Draft: Rookie Of The Year Sleepers

Diamonds in the rough.

Who's a Bigger Traitor: Edward Snowden Or Clarence Thomas?

It's the recent Supreme Court choice on the Voting Rights Act vs. espionage. So who's the biggest traitor?

Ben Bernanke Retirement: Who Will Be the Next Fed Chairman? Everybody Knows, and Nobody Cares

The Federal Reserve is set to get a new chair in early 2014. The most likely candidate probably wouldn't rock the boat too much — which is a shame, because the economy could use a jolt.

Sports and Politics Are Not Strange Bedfellows, They Are Old Lovers

Despite arguments that political debates taint the mythical purity of American sports, the two arenas can actually impart a great deal of value on each other.

Minimum Wage: The Minimum Wage Turns 75, and Republicans Are Still Being Party Poopers

On the anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, we still cannot agree on the employment effects of the minimum wage after 75 years.

This E-Book Will Help Break Glass Ceilings

The glass ceiling in STEM fields is hard to break, despite the efforts of Anne Marie-Slaughter, Sheryl Sandberg, and Marissa Mayer. A new e-book will steer the discussion for millennials.

Supreme Court DOMA Reaction: The Family Research Council's Social Media Skills Are About As Bad As You'd Expect

Following SCOTUS' ruling on the unconstitutionality of DOMA, the Family Research Council has launched a double-entendre-ridden ad campaign against it.

Obama Climate Change Speech: Obama's Second-Term Climate Plan Don't Need No Stinkin' Congress

Receiving criticism from all sides, Obama's energy policies have benefited both environment and Big Energy. Unleashed from election cycles, will his second term climate change agenda succeed?

Enjoy DOMA and Edward Snowden News Now — In a Decade, We'll Wonder What the Big Deal Was

Important as they may seem now, this week's top two stories are both part of larger trends that will soon render our current interest in them puzzling.

Obama Climate Change Speech: Don't Be Fooled — the President Just Gave a Full-Throttled Fracking Endorsement

President Obama announced his climate change plan for his second term in the Oval Office, and it's a full-throttle endorsement of every aspect of fracking and the global shale gas market.

5 Reasons Why Justice Ginsburg is a Real-Life Superhero

Because you can't spell truth without Ruth, here's everything you needed to know about America's most badass Supreme Court justice.

Mayor Bloomberg Doesn't Think Millions Of Minority Stop-and-Frisks Are "Enough"

Mayor Bloomberg revealed plans today to veto two bills that would put much-needed checks on New York City's stop-and-frisk policy, saying that if anything, minorities are "under-stopped."

Want to Convict Rapists? Follow Cleveland's Example

With some prodding from the media, Cleveland and other cities have begun to test their startling backlog of rape kits.

3 Reasons to Be Mad About the Way D.C. Treats Girl Athletes

On Thursday, the National Women’s Law Center filed a Title IX complaint against D.C. Public Schools for failing to give high school girls equal athletic opportunities.

Spain v. Italy: Stunning Semifinal Match Goes to PKs

Spain advanced past Italy Thursday, bringing it to the finals with Brazil.

'Terminator' Reboot: Can Producer Megan Ellison Make It Shine?

Iconoclastic heiress Megan Ellison, who also happens to be the daughter of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, is set to produce the "Terminator" reboot. Can she make it shine?

Immigration Reform 2013: 3 Ways Reform Could Become a Reality

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

Bangladesh Factory Collapse: Anonymous Workers the Real Victims Of This Tragedy

Following the devastating Bangladesh factory collapse, consumers should choose not to support retailers that neglect or abuse employees.

Weekly Culture Round Up: Everything You Should Have Read This Week

A whole lotta arts and entertainment-lovin'. Check out this week's top culture stories.

10 Reasons the President And Congress Are Responsible For the Scandals And Other Problems In America

In times of crisis, Americans look to their leaders to find solutions. But, Washington has disappointed members of every political mindset during the past decade.

Supreme Court DOMA: Finally, the Court Rules For the Right Kind Of Family Values

At its heart, same-sex marriage is a measure of the ability of our communities and our nation to sympathize, to empathize, and to love.

2013 NBA Draft: Too Many Trades

Will there be a surprise at #1?