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'Secret Life Of the American Teenager' Series Finale: Worst Ending Ever

The final episode of "Secret Life" left so many questions unanswered.
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White Lady Heckles Michelle Obama — What Happens Next is Something Black Women Know All Too Well

The FLOTUS calmly confronted a heckler during her speech at a Democratic fundraiser, and the ensuing response has been fraught with racism and sexism.

10 Must-Read Summer Books Of 2013

Want to stay on the cutting edge of literature? Keep an eye out for these 10 new books by high profile authors.
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Uncovered Nazi Letters Reveal Hitler Used Crystal Meth to Keep Soldiers Awake On the Front Lines

In a four-month span in 1940 more than 35 million three-milligram doses of Pervitin were manufactured for the German army and air force. Hitler had daily injections of the methamphetamine.
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108,000 Private Contractors Are in Afghanistan and We Have No Idea What They're Doing

Recent reports show that the number of private contractors in Afghanistan is growing, dwarfing the number of U.S. troops, and the Pentagon has no idea whether their presence is effective or not.

Chinese Police Are Giving Women the Worst Advice Ever On Avoiding Sexual Harassment

With complaints of sexual harassment on the rise in Beijing, the Chinese police have warned women against wearing “minimal clothing” such as mini-skirts and hot pants to avoid unwanted groping.

"Game of Thrones" Season 3 Soundtrack Review: It's Just As Good As the Show

The soundtrack for the third season of HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones" was just released. Music composed by Ramin Djawadi, with songs by The Hold Steady and Kerry Ingram.
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Rand Paul 2016: If He Tries to Become the Next Ronald Reagan, America Is In For a Wild Ride

Rand Paul believes that returning to the legacy of Ronald Reagan will lead Republicans out of the wilderness. He’s dead wrong.

5 Reasons June is Going to Be the Best Month Ever

Hello, sweet summer! So many events in June! Here are some things to look forward to.
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5 Ways the Supreme Court Could Rule On the Defense Of Marriage Act

The Supreme Court prepares to rule on DOMA regarding the Fifth Amendment, states' rights, and the GOP's standing to argue its case.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Could He Get Killed Before His Trial?

Two reasons why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could die before coming to trial.

Andrea Sanderlin: NY Marijuana Business Owner the Real Life Mom From 'Weeds'

When single mom Andrea Sanderlin isn't riding horses in Scarsdale, N.Y., she's running her multimillion-dollar marijuana enterprise, mirroring the mother on hit show "Weeds."
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"Everyday I'm Çapuling!" YouTube: The New Theme Song Of the Turkish Protests

The prime minister's use of the word "looters," which is "çapulcu" in Turkish, has sparked a counter-movement by protesters to show their peaceful intentions and actions, including this video.
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All the Smartest People in D.C. Agree On This One Issue

The astounding appeal comes from liberal, conservative, libertarian, and centrist policy stalwarts. Of course, Heritage Foundation was not included.

Just In Case You Didn't Already Love Macklemore, This Video Will Make You His Biggest Fan

When her girlfriend brought her backstage to a Macklemore concert, this woman didn't know another surprise was waiting for her on stage.
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Narrative Science: The CIA is Investing in Artificial Intelligence That Actually Works

As part of its effort to use the private sector, The CIA announced that it would be investing in Narrative Science, a startup that uses computers to make sense of data and present it in prose.
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Obama Impeachment: 3 Reasons to (Not) Impeach Obama

Impeachment mutterings have grown louder in recent months. But just because you could ... doesn't mean you should.
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NYU Professor: Obese Ph.D Students Lack the "Willpower" to Do a Dissertation

The internet, needless to say, did not take kindly to his suggestion.

Notice Anything Fishy About This Photo Of the Senate Hearing On Sexual Assault in the Military?

The Senate Hearing on rape in the military is comprised of 11 men and 1 woman. It's no surprise that the military has a rape problem.
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Taksim Square Protest: Watching History Unfold In the City I Called Home

While I may not be ethnically Turkish or a citizen of the republic, what's happening in the streets of Istanbul should be important to all millennials who value democracy and human rights.
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RFK Assassination Anniversary: 45 Years Later, This Speech Still Gives Chills

45 years ago today Robert F. Kennedy was shot. Two months prior he gave a speech that still remains one of the best of all time.
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6 Buzzwords in Apartment Listings Millennials Should Watch Out For

As you search for the holy grail of a spacious and reasonably priced apartment, here are some words and phrases to steer clear of.
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Marijuana Legalization: We Should Expand Rights, Not Reduce Them

Only legalization will help protect citizens' rights during the War on Drugs. See how you can be part of the answer to marijuana legalization and better protection of our rights.
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Washington Teen Banned From High School Prom Because Her Breasts Are Too Large

The history of prom is full of classist, racist, and anti-gay traditions that have been reproduced year after year with little protest.
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Bashar Al-Assad: How Syria's Civil War Threatens to Destabilize the Entire Middle East

Syria is entering the third year of its civil war and the violence is spilling over the entire region. How can the international community avoid that region slides into chaos?

Gay Marriage 2013: Millennials Will Make Same-Sex Marriage Totally Legal

The shifting attitudes and growing support for gay rights, driven in large part by the millennial generation, makes total equality a definite possibility in the near future.
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Ted Cruz: Texas Senator Wants to End the IRS Scandal By Getting Rid Of the IRS

In the wake of the IRS scrutiny of some groups, what can be done to change the agency's way? Senator Cruz proposes to abolish it
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Michelle Obama Heckler: First Lady's Heckler Had Bad Timing But An Important Message

The LGBT-rights activitist who heckled Michelle Obama at a fundraiser may have had bad timing, but the country must listen to what she has to say.

Mississippi Governor: Blame Working Moms For America's Failing Education System

Are working mothers really the biggest problem facing our education system?
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Kim Jong-Un: North Korean Dictator Answers to Real Supreme Leader China For Recent Temper Tantrums

What happens when North Korea goes one step too far? In response to recent belligerence on the Korean peninsula, Kim Jong-un had to respond to his real boss ... China.
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4 Reasons Obama's Meeting With Xi Jinping Is So Critical

One Friday these two presidents will meet for the first time as heads of state. This meeting will be a break from recent history and has potential to transform US-China relations.

Heat Spurs Preview: Will LeBron James Or Tony Parker Be the X Factor?

The Heat-Spurs match-up could provide for some great basketball, as both teams are evenly matched and have two of the best players on the planet playing against each other.
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UN Arms Treaty 2013: U.S. Should Go It Alone On Arms Crackdown

The United Nations' attempts to stop the international arms trade usually end up fruitless, and the U.S. is right to go it alone.

Celebrate Mount Everest's Historic 60th Anniversary By Never Climbing It Again

Everest, in all of her majestic glory and beauty is quickly becoming the landfill of the rich and bored and that is no way to treat our highest place on Earth.
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NYC Mayor Election 2013: Quinn and Lhota Lead the Pack in the Race to Succeed Bloomberg

Primaries occur in September, and already heated races are underway in both parties. How candidates would deal with Bloomberg's legacy is the biggest measuring stick.
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NJ Senate Race 2013: Why is Chris Christie Spending $25 Million On a Special Election?

Christie's recent announcement of plans to hold a special election to fill late Senator Frank Lautenberg's reveals the need for more clearly defined election procedures.
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Samantha Power: Did Obama's UN Pick Really Suggest Invading Israel?

Samantha Power will be named the next U.S. ambassador to the UN. This has caused a controversy since Power has also been accused of suggesting that the U.S. invade Israel.
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Keystone XL Pipe: Southern Half Of Pipeline Riddled With Leak-Prone Faults

Don't say you weren't warned. The parts of the Keystone XL pipeline already constructed are practically falling apart, and we want to build the rest of it?

This Native American Hip-Hop Trio is Putting Indigenous Music On the Mainstream Map

Canadian trio Dj Bear Witness, DJ NDN, and DJ Shub mix heavy, throbbing beats with traditional aboriginal music to create addictive dance music.
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Mitch McConnell: Democrats Stay Silent As Operative Admits to Felony Against McConnell

The perpetrator of the felony against Senator McConnell is gleefully telling us why he committed the crime while KY and DC Democrats who berated McConnell for "playing victim" are silent.
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Andrea Sanderlin: Suburban Mother Of 2 Busted for Running Multi-Million Dollar Weed Operation

In what has been dubbed a real life “Weeds,” a divorced Mercedes-driving mom living in the upscale neighborhood of Scarsdale, NY, has been busted for leading a massive drug operation in NYC.
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Philadelphia Building Collapse: One Death Confirmed So Far

The traumatic Philly building collapse should serve as an important reminder about the sorry state of American infrastructure.
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The Scariest Labor Market Chart You've Ever Seen

Congress worries about inflation. But people are out of work, and have been for a long time. That is the real fiscal policy problem facing America today.
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I Am Bradley Manning Campaign: If the Whistleblower "Aided the Enemy," Does That Make the U.S. the Enemy?

As Bradley Manning's trial enters its third day, the I Am Bradley Manning campaign asks provocatively whether as Manning is charged with 'aiding the enemy', does that make the public the enemy?
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Xi Jinping: Chinese President Wants a "New Type of Great Power Relationship," Largely On His Terms

As President Obama & China's Xi Jinping prepare for the strategic summit in California, China wants more respect from the U.S. in exchange for pushing the North Koreans to return to negotiations.

Abortion Ban 2013: Republicans Just Don't Know When to Quit, Do They?

A House committee is seeking to enforce a newly approved ban on all abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, rousing disputes between the Democrats and the Republicans.

Taksim Protests: Twitter Is Now Public Enemy No. 1 in Turkey

Twenty-five Twitter users were detained by police on charges of spreading propaganda and inciting demonstrations, but that won't deter the thousands of Turks who are protesting via social media.
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Immigration Reform 2013: Will the House Kill Immigration Reform?

Immigration reform's future has been thrown into doubt, but is it completely dead?
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3 Strategic Political Moves By Obama You May Have Missed

Obama makes three strategic decisions to solidify his commitment to diversity at the senior levels of government.
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Jefferson County Alabama Bankruptcy: County's Decade Of Bribery and Bankruptcy Comes to a Close

Jefferson County, Alabama, has finally reached a deal with creditors on around $2 billion worth of debt, the result of a decade old debacle involving bribery and complex derivatives.
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Glenn Beck Has a Conversation With Himself On Air Because No One Else Will

Beck had an "interesting" conversation with himself to both satirize the administration and continue to cast aspersions on the White House's involvement with the IRS scandal.

7 Amazing Tumblrs Every News Junkie Should Follow

Bored of your current online routine? Check out these blogs to revamp the way you find news.
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Bashar Al-Assad: John McCain Urges U.S. Military Intervention in Syria (Just Like in Iraq)

Senator John McCain's backing of U.S. military intervention in Syria excuses war crimes and ignores history.
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Egypt's Slide into Authoritarianism Continues As Government Sentences 16 American NGO Workers to Prison Time

Forty-three NGO workers, including at least 16 Americans, were convicted today in Egypt for being in the country illegally and improperly receiving foreign funds.
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Millennial Unemployment is the Real-Life 'Hunger Games'

For those ages 18-30, the so-called millennials hunting for a job, the plot of Suzanne Collins’ novels may seem all too real.
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How Folk Music Can Help Survivors Of Sexual Violence

The incredible true story of how a master's dissertation on folk operas led one woman to create a digital art gallery to help survivors of sexual violence.
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What Took the French So Long to Create a Word For "French Kiss?

The new word “Galoche” finally enters the Petit Robert dictionary.

Taksim Square Protests: Actually, Twitter is Really Really Important This Time Around

Iran's Green Revolution may not have needed Twitter, but Turkey's Taksim Square Protests do.

Here's the Only Salad Recipe You Need to Know This Summer

Natalia Todorova, founder of MAZA Cooking Journals, shares the easy-to-make recipe for farmers salad with quinoa and lime-cilantro grilled chicken.

Gender Wage Gap: More Women With More Money and More Power Is Good For All Of Us

Women's involvement in the workforce has transformed working culture to one day give women the upper hand.
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Patent Trolls: Obama Urges Congress to Take Action

President Obama took action against companies he referred to as "patent trolls" on Tuesday, proposing legislation to prevent predation on innovators.

Fischer v. University of Texas At Austin: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Major SCOTUS Decision

Fischer v. University of Texas will decide whether affirmative action is constitutional ... and soon. Here's what you need to know.
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The Verdict Is In, And TSA's $1 Billion Surveillance Program is a Colossal Flop

A new report finds that there is little evidence that the $1 billion airport passenger screening program, believed to promote racial profiling, screens passengers objectively.

YourAnonNews: Can Anonymous' Havoc Be Harnessed?

The "hacktivist group" has announced that it has received funds to launch a website featuring news from independent reporters. But will they use this power for reporting or for chaos?
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Taksim Square Protests: Turkey Has Got an Identity Crisis

The country's secular past might be jeopardized, and that matters.
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Susan Rice NSA: Another Obama Loyalist Gains High-Ranking White House Position

Obama promised to nominate the "best and brightest" to high-level White House positions. But with a hostile Congress and six years of deadlock, it seems that has become "most loyal."
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Military Brass Shows "Stunningly Bad" Knowledge Of Sexual Assault In the Military — Which is Scary

As Senators expressed their dismay at the performance of military leaders during Tuesday's sexual assault hearing, military leaders must be willing to consider all options to address the problem.
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Obama Nominees: Latest War Over Presidential Appointments Will Be Obama's Three D.C. Judge Picks

Today, Obama nominated 3 judges to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Obama called on Senate Republicans to stop obstructing his nominations, but will still face a tough battle to confirm them.
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Robert Bales: Pleads Guilty to Killing 16 Afghans in Cold Blood

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in cold blood in 2012, plead guilty on Wednesday in a deal to avoid the death penalty.
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An Inside Look At the Wild 'n Crazy Summers Of Your Favorite Members Of Congress

Congressmen are having way too much fun this summer. Senator Flake is surviving in the wild and one congressman is giving away guns! Check out what congressmen do when they're not in D.C.

The Bachelorette Recap: 12 Ways Reality Shows Trick Us About Love

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

This Couple Was Booted From a Taxi For Being Gay And Now They're Fighting Back

After a quick peck in a cab, gay Chicago couple Steven White and Matt McCrea were told to exit the car.
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Military Sexual Assault: If It's a "Cancer," Then Why Do Generals Refuse to Take Chemo?

U.S. military commanders speak out against sexual assault, but continued twiddling their thumbs at Senate hearing.

Apple Ebook Trial: Scamming U.S. Consumers and Living to Tell the Tale

Apple is being accused of colluding with publishing houses to drive up the cost of ebooks. The company is almost certainly guilty, but will they suffer any real consequences?
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Susan Rice and Samantha Power: Is Obama Gearing Up For More Interventions?

These new faces in the Obama administration could change the president's direction on foreign policy.
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Chris Christie Senate: Will Americans Still Love Christie After the Special Election Turmoil?

Christie has phenomenal approval ratings across the board going into his 2014 re-election and the 2016 Presidential election, but recent political maneuvering has put those numbers at risk.