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Phone Robbery Takes An Amazing Turn After Thief Messes With The Wrong Woman

This phone thief thought he had found an easy prey, turns out he made a big mistake.

5 Hip-Hop Artists That Are About to Blow Up

Representing a wide array of styles, these young artists are on the brink of major success.

It's Time to End Feminism — But Only in the Western World

Feminism, like the labor movement, worked best when it had actionable and specific goals. With many of these victories achieved, it's time to refocus the struggle.
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The Obama Speech On Trayvon Martin Was Brutally Honest — And Magnificent

Liberals have had many good reasons to be dissatisfied with President Obama in recent months, but Friday's comments about the George Zimmerman trial remind us of why we once supported him.
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Racism Is Still Alive In America — The George Zimmerman Case Proved That

Millennials cannot afford to ignore what the Trayvon Martin case means for our generation.

The Surprising Ways Globalization Is Changing One Of the Most Remote Parts Of the U.S.

The integration of the global economy has reached the Appalachian region, but it may erode the cultural identity of the area.
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Yes Mr. President, Trayvon Martin Could Have Stood His Ground

The facts are clear: "Stand Your Ground" actually has benefitted blacks more than whites.

Comic Con 2013 Predictions: 5 Mega Announcements That Will Take the Con By Storm

San Diego Comic Con is always host to some of the biggest comic-related culture announcements of the year, and here are five you can look forward to this year!
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Obama In Surprise Speech: "Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me"

"If Trayvon Martin was of age and was armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?" The president asked.

The Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone Cover Picture is Not Only Important, It's Necessary

The Rolling Stone cover picture depicting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a regular guy vitally contributes to the conversation we need to have, despite the media's vitriolic response.

Hookup Culture May Define Millennials, But It Is Not The Only Option

The media and pop culture are obsessed with Millennial hookup culture, but they are only reinforcing stereotypes that portray hooking up as the only option.
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Boys Wear Skirts To School To Stay Cool

Their school wasn't listening, so they took matters in their own hands.

5 Ugly Facts About the New Texas Abortion Bill

On Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law HB2, which makes abortion after 20 weeks illegal and introduces a host of other restrictions that will close a majority of abortion clinics.

This Dramatic Screenplay Was Written By a Computer

Do You Love Me is the first film written entirely by artificial intelligence. It's a tearjerker.

Satanists Also Locked in Heated Abortion Debate, Apparently

The so-called UK Church of Satan weighed in on Texas's abortion debate, sparking a civil war among Satanist groups. Some of them agree with Rick Perry.
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Obama Speech On Trayvon Martin: Full Text and Video

President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at a weekly White House press event on Friday, to specifically discuss the Trayvon Martin saga and the issue of race in America.
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President Obama Joins the "I Am Trayvon Martin" Chorus

Obama takes to the bully pulpit to discuss his personal and professional reaction to the Trayvon Martin verdict.

Do Catholics Really Have Better Sex?

The Family Research Council thinks so. But is their claim justified or are they shooting blanks?
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Syria's Civil War Is Breaking Turkey's Frail Peace With the Kurds

The Democratic Union Party, a Kurdish rebel group in Syria, has taken control of a town on the Turkish border, putting Turkish-Kurdish peace negotiations in jeopardy.
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The New Civil War is About Jobs — and This Time the Red States Are Winning

As Democratic and Republican states have increasingly distinct economic policies, businesses are choosing red states over blue.
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The Rolling Stone Tsarnaev Cover is Upsetting — If You Haven't Read the Article

The Rolling Stone cover has sparked outrage and controversy, but everyone needs to take a deep breath and calm down.
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Schindler’s List is Being Sold On eBay At a Starting Bid Of $3,000,000

Here are five interesting facts about Schindler's lifesaving list.
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Bradley Manning Trial: War On Manning Becomes a War On Journalism

Prosecutors have charged Army private Bradley Manning with "aiding the enemy," and the judge agrees. The government's real enemy is the free and independent news media.
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Poisoned School Lunch Kills 22 Children — But the Program Must Go On

India needs to face its corruption problem head-on, but until that day comes, the children must be fed.

American Girl Dolls: Another Example of Corporate America Whitewashing History

Under Mattel's ownership, American Girl dolls have become bland shadows of their former selves. Girls deserve better.

Texas's Anti-Abortion House Bill 2 Will Endanger 200,000 Women

Regardless of your views on abortion, Gov Rick Perry's legislation is dangerous. It will put the health of hundred of thousands of women and children in danger.
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We Don't Care About the Sex Lives Of Politicians, We Care About Their Lies

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is facing allegations of sexual harassment. Think his political career is over? Guys like Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer and Mark Sanford prove that it's anything but.
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15 Career Milestones Everyone Should Reach by Age 30

By the end of our twenties, here's what we'll all (hopefully) accomplish.
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Feminist Weekly: How to Understand the Zimmerman Trial and Its Aftermath

This week, PolicyMic writers sought #JusticeForTrayvon, analyzed Johnny Depp's portrayal of Tonto, critiqued Mayor Bob Filner, watched a movie about maternal mortality, and so much more.

Nidal Hasan Trial: Death Penalty Would Be a Win For the Enemy

Nidal Hasan will almost certainly be found guilty of the Fort Hood Massacre. But does it matter whether or not we put him to death?
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Voting Rights Act Strikedown Gives North Carolina Power to Suppress Student Vote

College kids vote Democrat? Just eliminate their vote!
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Pizza, Pastrami, and School Lunches: NYC's Mayoral Candidates Talk Food Policy

NYC mayoral candidates gathered Wednesday night to discuss the future of food, hunger, and food economics. Here are their responses to some hard-hitting food policy questions.
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Mayor Bloomberg Tells New York City to Take the Stairs

Nanny Bloomberg is looking to prod you into taking the stairs over the elevator or escalator. I mean, do you really want to make decisions for yourself?
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Ahmadinejad Passes Off a Ruined Iranian Economy to Rouhani

New Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani has inherited an economy in flames, so it's only natural, and highly justifiable, that he's blaming his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the mess.
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Bankrupt Detroit Shouldn't Count On the Government Coming to the Rescue

The federal government is not strong enough to pull Detroit under its wing right now. Instead, the Michigan city must pull together to tackle its overwhelming debt.

Yet Another Male Texas Republican Wants to Limit Your Access to Abortion

Rep. Phil King wants to ban all abortions after six weeks, well before the fetus has reached viability. Has Texas gone mad?
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Rebel Infighting in Syria Threatens to Spill Over Into Turkey

Rebels affiliated with Turkey's PKK separatist movement seized a Syrian border town from Al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels on Thursday, causing a major problem for Turkey.
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Man Facing Gun Charges Claims Joe Biden Gave Him Bad Advice

This Wednesday in Washington state, Jeffery Barton was charged with one count of illegal aiming or discharging a firearm. His defense? "I did what Joe Biden told me to do."
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Joe Biden's Advice On Guns Turns Out to Be Terrible

A man followed the advice of Vice President Biden and fired his shotgun into the air to scare of intruders. He's since been arrested
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Can This 12-Step Plan Fix a Congress Drunk On Gridlock?

A new plan from the group No Labels seeks to withhold congressional pay if a budget isn't reached, and requires bipartisan social events.
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This One Economic Theory is Killing the Economy

In the hallowed halls of academia, neoclassical economics has largely won acceptance as the "mainstream" view. Too bad it doesn't explain the current financial crisis — or how to get out of it.
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Meet Jessie Bullock: Tango Dancer, Portuguese Speaker, and Pundit Of the Week

Jessie talks politics, policy and why she loves to dance. As part of a weekly column, we spotlight one member of the PolicyMic community to share their story.

Why Are These 8th Graders Asking to Repeat Middle School?

Hint: It begins with a "b" and ends with "asketball."

Weekly Culture Round Up: Please Welcome Our New Deputy Culture Editor!

It might be boiling outside but it's mighty cool here at PolicyMic (not literally, our air conditioner is broken). Check out the top reads of the week from PolicyMic's culture section.
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Could This Woman Keep the NSA from Tapping Your Phone Calls?

A coalition of 19 organizations have banded together to sue the NSA for infringing on the First and Fourth amendments. Will it win? Probably not. Is it important? Hell yes.
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Nation's Chief Law Enforcer Tells His Son How to Stay Safe From Law Enforcement

Eric Holder has warned his son to be careful with police because of his race. His statements should encourage candid conversations about race, and should not simply perpetuate mistrust.

4 Bizarre Things That Are Illegal Outside the U.S.

True, the United States has some pretty weird laws in place. But what about other countries?
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Bipartisan Prison Reform is Decades in the Making — and Its Time Has Come

This year, the Justice Department, bipartisan legislators, and members of the judiciary have all come out to demand sentencing and penal reforms amidst the ballooning of our prison population.
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Egypt Doesn't Need Democracy. It Needs a Living Wage.

Democracy, though important, is a long-term goal. What really matters in Egypt is that families have access to jobs and a living wage.
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John Kerry Takes Small But Essential First Step For the Two-State Solution

Secretary of State John Kerry's attempts at restarting the peace process between Israel and Palestine might not go anywhere fast, but it's a necessary first step for regional security.
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The United States' Zero Option in Afghanistan is Not Really an Option At All

The United States' rhetoric about withdrawing forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 is just that: rhetoric.
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Vladimir Putin Critic Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison, Released Hours Later

A bizarre turn of events is unfolding between Russia's courts, Putin, and political activists.
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The Egypt Coup is the Last Straw — End U.S. Aid Now

The U.S. gives more aid to Egypt than any other country in Africa. But isn't it time to stop supporting a nation that is hectic with coups, has an unstable democracy, and is ripe with corruption?

10 Leadership Secrets From Cory Booker’s Twitter

When in doubt, refer to Cory Booker's Twitter.
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Israel-Palestine Peace Talks May Be Back, But Don't Hold Your Breath

There are still plenty of hurdles in the way of any major deal, but Secretary of State John Kerry's hard work might pay off soon. It's Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas's turn to act.
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Scientists Have Discovered Exactly What Makes Something Go Viral

How does the brain predict what will become viral based on signals? UCLA psychologists have taken a step towards understanding what creates buzz on the internet.
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Mic Check: Dear Congress, Thanks For Not Screwing Over Students

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

Miley Cyrus Tells Americans to Stop Using "Gay" As An Insult

Called a lesbian for her new haircut, Miley Cyrus is speaking out and telling audiences to choose a new insult because being called a lesbian is not offensive.
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Get Your Degree, Get a Job, and Stop Caring?

A Gallup study shows that American employees with college or post-doctorate degrees are less engaged in the workplace than those with a high-school diploma.

Lorraine Hansberry's Influence On Elton John, Nina Simone, and Nike

There are many who influenced by Lorraine Hansberry — the author of 'Rasin in the Sun.'

Capitol Hill's History Set to Game Of Thrones — Your Day Just Got a Whole Lot Better

The Architect of the Capitol released a great video on the development of Capitol Hill. It reminded us of something else ....