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July 9, 2013

Atheists Are the Most Feared Group in America — But Why?

A study out of the University of Tennessee found that the nonreligious don't differ in personality traits from the religious and can be categorized in six groups reflecting their diversity.
July 9, 2013

6 Most Influential Women Writers You've Never Heard Of

For a long time, female writers remained anonymous. In loving memory of not being recognized for their talents, here are six female writers you've never heard of.
July 9, 2013

The 13 Best Naked Athlete Pictures In ESPN's New Body Issue

This year's body issue is all about diversity, but does it mean progress for all?
July 9, 2013

20 Memes to Get You Through Ramadan This Year

The 20 memes will make you laugh so much you'll forget you're starving.
July 9, 2013

Justin Timberlake "Tunnel Vision" Video: Are Music Videos Featuring Naked Women Art?

A slew of music videos featuring naked women has sparked a lot of controversy recently. Can these videos be considered harmless artistic expressions or are they offensive toward women?
July 9, 2013

Stephen King's Books Turned to Films, From Best to Worst

Just in time for a summer vacation in Maine, let's take a look back at the scariest, creepiest, best Stephen King adaptations to the screen.
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July 9, 2013

7 Crazy Things You Didn't Know About Osama Bin Laden

Have you ever wondered how the former Al-Qaeda chief avoided detection? Or how the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks spent his days? Now, we have the answers.
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July 9, 2013

A Simple Guide to How Extradition Works, For Everyone Who Thinks Edward Snowden is a Criminal

This is your simple guide to how extradition works based on the official Department of Justice (“DOJ”) manual for U.S. prosecutors.
July 9, 2013

How Cosmo is Becoming Feminist

Following a debate over whether women's magazines produce serious journalism, Cosmo editor Joanna Coles announced plans to cover more politics.
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July 9, 2013

Why These 30,000 California Prisoners On Hunger Strike Deserve Your Support

Monday marked the beginning of the largest hunger strike in the history of the California (and possibly, America's) prison system. Here's why the inmates deserve your support.
July 9, 2013

8 Things to Remember for Non-Muslims Living in a Muslim Country During the Holy Month

A month of fasting, prayer, and charity has begun for a large portion of the world's population. Here are some simple tips on how to follow the rules for non-Muslims living in Muslim countries.
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July 9, 2013

2014 Midterm Elections: Could the Senate Get Its First Millennial?

A Colorado state senator recently jumped into the U.S. Senate race, bringing innovation, youth, and success to the table.
July 9, 2013

'Pretty Little Liars' and 'Twisted' Show How Screwed Up We Really Are

Tuesday Night has turned into "Questionable Teenage Death Night" because viewers around the globe gather to watch these bone-chilling, heart-stopping ABC Family dramas.
July 9, 2013

Meet the First Saudi Arabian Woman to Make a Full-Length Film

Haifaa Al-Mansour has become the first Saudi Arabian female filmmaker with her feature-length film, "Wadjda." Her movie is a message of female empowerment and progress in the Middle East.
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July 9, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: We Need to Slow This Process Down

A slow, effective solution to the illegal immigration problem is better than a fast, ineffective one. America’s immigration system needs a surgery, not a Band-Aid.
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July 9, 2013

New Immigration Law: How it Could Impact the Midterm Elections

Passing the immigration bill might end the GOP as we know it. But it could give rise to a new GOP — one that's more tolerant and pluralistic than the old one.
July 9, 2013

4 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Shoes

Dawn Dickson is making the world a comfortable place for women to walk again, one vending machine at a time. The lessons she's learned are good guiding principals for any entrepreneur.
July 9, 2013

Has Instagram Become Too Mainstream to Be Cool?

Instagram boasts more than 100 million users, so is it getting too big to actually be the cool thing to use anymore?
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July 9, 2013

One Chart That Explains Exactly How to Become an American Citizen

Opponents of illegal immigration urge foreigners to "get in line" to legally come to the U.S. But what does this "line" actually look like? Could you pass a U.S. citizenship test?
July 9, 2013

Has Mohamed Morsi Rendered the Muslim Brotherhood Obsolete in Egypt?

Although he was Egypt's first truly democratically elected president, he did not respect the spirit of democracy: uniting a splintered, liberal opposition while fracturing the Muslim Brotherhood.
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July 9, 2013

America is Still As Awesome As You Think

Can we legitimately call America the "best country in the world?" Yes, actually.
July 9, 2013

A Poem About Breasts Went Viral But Not For the Reason You Think

This mother has a message for those who've been shamed for breast-feeding, and the world decided to listen.
July 9, 2013

We're Living In the Golden Age Of TV News — And It's Dominated By Bill O'Reilly and Rachel Maddow

Gallup shows most Americans still go to TV as their primary news source with internet coming a distant No. 2. Analyzing the cable news ratings also shows that Americans like partisan punditry.
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July 9, 2013

Trayvon Martin Drugs: Jury Will Hear About Martin's Marijuana Use

The judge in the George Zimmerman trial has ruled that the jury can see a toxicology report which states that Trayvon Martin had marijuana in his system when he died.
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July 9, 2013

New Immigration Law 2013: Republicans Are Worried About Midterms, Not Their Party's Future

The House will start their own set of negotiations for new immigrant legislation this week as they decide which is more important: their conservative values or their party’s future.
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July 9, 2013

The One Consistent Thing We See In All Of the "Democracies" In the Middle East

If democracy is to succeed in the Middle East, the ruling faction must be committed to protecting the rights of the minority and working within a constitutional framework. That is not happening.
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July 9, 2013

Daniel Somers Suicide: Don't Blame the Military For a Soldier's Suicide

Daniel Somers' suicide is indeed tragic. But suicide is complicated, and to blame war or the military for such a personal decision is misguided.
July 9, 2013

Amanda Berry Video: Ariel Castro's Victims Speak Publicly For the First Time

The three Ohio women kidnapped by Ariel Castro for over a decade have released a video to the internet, thanking the public for their support and asking for privacy.
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July 9, 2013

Bitcoin Price: A Simple Explanation Of the Winklevoss Twins' New Business Scheme

The former Olympians, famous for taking Mark Zuckerberg to court, embark on a risky mission to both restore the Winklevoss name and spearhead a digital financial movement. Will it pay off?
July 9, 2013

Female Inmates Illegally Sterilized in California Prisons

Two prisons in California deplorably and forcibly sterilized nearly 150 female inmates against state law. The doctor in charge's response? "You save in welfare."
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July 9, 2013

Aurelia Fedenisn: Is the State Department Above the Law?

A recent break-in at a law office may be politically motivated. Was this a random act or planned by State Department officials?
July 9, 2013

In Defense Of Adults Wearing Flip Flops

Will no one stand up and defend this pillar of summer indulgence?
July 9, 2013

Town Idiot Drives Watermelon-Laden "White History Month" Float Through July 4 Parade, Ruins Everything

The town of Hope Mills, North Carolina experienced a major controversy during their Fourth of July parade when a local decided to drive a "White History Month" float through the festivities.
July 9, 2013

If Pop Stars Were Clean Energy, Taylor Swift Would Be Natural Gas

If natural gas won’t ease environmental sensibilities just as Taylor Swift fails to end feminist fears, what or who can we turn to?
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July 9, 2013

Zimmerman Trial Verdict Imminent: Defense Expects to Rest Wednesday

On Tuesday afternoon, defense attorney Mark O'Mara announced that the defense of George Zimmerman is likely to rest on Wednesday.
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July 9, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes: Can She Knock Off the Senate's GOP Kingpin?

Unheard of until her underwhelming campaign debut last week, most know very little about the lawyer-turned-state-constitutional-officer now running to unseat Mitch McConnell in the Senate.
July 9, 2013

"Blurred Lines" Meets "The Cosby Show," and the Result is As Awesome As You'd Expect

Robin Thicke and Bill Cosby are a strange pairing, but this mashup totally works.
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July 9, 2013

Edward Snowden Interview: Second Video Shows Personal Side Of U.S. Whistleblower

The newest Guardian interview provides some insight into his motives and shows his nostalgia for the privacy of communication of his youth, fleshing out the shadowy image we have of him.
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July 9, 2013

Daniel Somers Suicide Note Exposes Shocking VA Failures

Iraq War veteran Daniel Somers committed suicide and left behind a note damning the lack of psychiatric and medical support from the government. Why isn't there more support for our veterans?
July 9, 2013

This Poem By a Texas Woman Just Schooled Anti-Choicers Everywhere

Katie Heim's anti-SB 1 testimony, "If My Vagina Was A Gun" is a must-read that all pro-choice folks will love.
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July 9, 2013

Is Oregon the State to Save Us From Crushing Student Loan Debt?

Oregon's trying something radical to alleviate the pain caused by student loans. The shocking thing? It just might work.
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July 9, 2013

Senate Immigration Bill: Boehner Says House Won't Vote On It

The bipartisan bill passed by the Senate provides key provisions that will discourage illegal immigration in the future, so why are House Republicans standing in its way?
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July 9, 2013

George Zimmerman Trial 911 Call: Who's Screaming in the Background?

Listen to the harrowing 911 call recorded on the night that George Zimmerman fatally shot Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
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July 9, 2013

Trayvon Martin 911 Call: Who's Screaming? The World May Never Know

How many witnesses does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll truth of the George Zimmerman trial's key piece of evidence?
July 9, 2013

MTV2's 'Ain't That America' Shows Just How Funny Freedom Can Be

The popular comedian Lil Duval drops his newest viral show tonight on MTV2. PolicyMic spoke with the star about tonight's premiere of 'Ain't That America'.
July 9, 2013

7 Celebrities Who Can Give Paula Deen Hope

Being outed as a racist doesn't need to be the end of your career. As Paula Deen passes through this dark time in her life, she can look to these shining examples of post-racism comebacks.
July 9, 2013

Watch What Happens When This Waitress Gets a $500 Tip On a Pizza

A sibling fulfilled his brother's dying wish, and tipped a server $500. Now that the video's gone viral, he's doing it all across the country.
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July 9, 2013

Chicago Gun Control: Governor Quinn Will Lose the Battle Over Concealed Firearms

Why is Governor Quinn so adamantly opposed to allowing citizens of his state to exercise their constitutional right to protect themselves with firearms?
July 9, 2013

Watch a Texas Woman Get Forcibly Removed From Senate Floor For Fighting the Abortion Ban

But the GOP wouldn't DARE silence anyone, right?
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July 9, 2013

Zimmerman Trial Computer Animation: Will the Jury See It?

On Tuesday evening, attorneys in the George Zimmerman trial debated about the admissibility of a computer animation that the defense wants to show in court.
July 9, 2013

Ramadan Start Date: Why Even Muslims Are Confused

Muslim clerics across the world have different opinions about when Ramadan begins. So when does it actually start? Well that's a good question ...
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July 9, 2013

The Violent Images From Brazil That You Didn't See In the Media

Media coverage of the protests in Brazil has been spotty in the U.S. — especially police brutality.
July 9, 2013

We All Could Be Living in a Black Hole And Not Even Know It

Could we all be living inside a massive black hole? Physicists are now turning to these enigmatic black holes for a solution to the mysteries of the creation of the universe.
July 9, 2013

Is Ke$ha One Of the "Crazy Kids?" Probably Not

Ke$ha’s hobo-chic, molly-popping lifestyle might seem alluring and crazy, but it’s little more than an excellent marketing campaign.
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July 9, 2013

Privatize Schools: Why It's Crony Capitalism At Its Worst

Opening the door for the private sector to manage our schools may in theory free them from stifling bureaucratic control, but in reality it instead invites more greed and abuse.
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July 9, 2013

New Immigration Bill: Low-Skilled Visa Workers Can Save the Economy

The focus on high-skilled STEM visas in immigration debate may have left out the most important economic fact.
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July 9, 2013

Australia v. Japan: Face Off Over Whaling At the UN Criminal Court

Japan's controversial whaling policies are raising major international concerns.
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July 9, 2013

House Immigration Bill: Will Boehner Kill the Bill to Save His Job?

John Boehner's decision this week was about much more than immigration. It was about our future as a democratic republic. And thus far, the outlook is grim.
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July 9, 2013

Mexico Just Beat the U.S. At Something Huge

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) released troubling findings this week indicating that the United States is no longer in the lead for the most obese nation on earth.
July 9, 2013

Meet Virginia: Andy Murray Isn't the First Brit to Win Wimbledon

For those of you keeping score, Virginia Wade's 1977 Wimbledon win happened after Fred Perry's 1936 and Andy Murray's 2013. Have we forgotten her?
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July 9, 2013

Is the Israeli Government "Pinkwashing" the Palestinian Occupation?

Israel's ongoing attempt to re-brand its image using the phenomenon of "pinkwashing," has been severely criticized and is seen as a strategy used to play down its treatment of the Palestinians.
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July 9, 2013

When You Mess With Salmon, You're Messing With Alaskans

The fight to prevent giant global corporations from building an open-pit copper mine isn't just a battle to save salmon and fishermen. It's a fight to preserve democracy.
July 9, 2013

"Angry Trayvon" Should Never Have Made It to Google's App Store

The game "Angry Trayvon" has created immense outrage from the public and the developers are to blame.
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July 9, 2013

U.S.-Russia Relations: The U.S. Just Can't Quit Its Bad Habits

From the latest hissy fit over Edward Snowden, to Steven Seagal's involvement in a congressional delegation, the U.S. continues its legacy of diplomatic miscalculations where Russia is concerned.
July 9, 2013

5 Ways MLB Can Make the Home Run Derby Worth Watching

Watching bomb after bomb gets boring pretty quickly. Baseball needs to spice up its All-Star Weekend festivities.
July 9, 2013

Parody Video Reveals Painful Reality Of Ohio Anti-Abortion Budget Cuts

In a historic low point for reproductive rights, Ohio lawmakers placed restrictions on physician expertise, cut Planned Parenthood funding, and financially encouraged pro-life crisis clinics.
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July 9, 2013

Sandra Osterman Testimony Censored in Latest CNN Blunder

CNN censored Sandra Osterman's testimony during the George Zimmerman trial, confusing viewers. But it's just the latest in a series of serious mistakes made by the network this year.
July 9, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood: Sorry, But They're Not Going Anywhere

This new uprising will not be able to achieve its goals if it excludes its opponents or remains silent as the military flouts the very human rights demanded by protesters.
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July 9, 2013

Abbottabad Report: Scathing Review Shows Pakistan Can't Be Trusted

A recent report reveals that Osama Bin Laden was in Pakistan since 2002. It's time for the U.S. to revisit the terms of cooperation with Pakistan.
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July 9, 2013

Eliot Spitzer Tears Up Discussing His "Pain" After His Sex Scandal

The former New York governor is now running for New York City comptroller. Are voters ready to give him a second chance? After Clinton, Sanford, and Weiner, the answer is probably yes.
July 9, 2013

Barnes & Noble: Can Anyone Save This Company?

Maybe. But only if the company makes a firm decision on what to do with its e-reader, Nook, and acts quickly to improve both its retail and e-book businesses.
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July 9, 2013

The Biggest Trade Deal Ever Could Collapse Because Of the NSA Spying Program

A meeting that was intended to bring the U.S. and EU closer together might result in a rift due to spying allegations
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July 9, 2013

What Britain Looked Like When It Last Had a Wimbledon Men's Singles Champ

Andy Murray ended 77 years of British agony by winning the country's home tournament on Sunday. What did Great Britain look like in 1936, the last time a British man won the championship?
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July 9, 2013

Adly Mansour Issues Seriously Problematic Decree For Egypt

President Adly Mansour issued a decree that proposes a timetable for elections and reinstatement of the currently suspended constitution. Is he able to restore peace to a tumultuous Egypt?
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July 9, 2013

Would a "Tax On Bullshit" Improve Political Commentary?

Certain economists have proposed betting on their own predictions, in order to ensure they make serious arguments and don't blow things out of proportion. Could it work in politics too?
July 9, 2013

Dearborn Arabs Targetted For Enjoying Summer in Their Garages

Arab-Americans in Dearborn, Michigan host parties in their garages during the summer months. The cops have been ordered to crack down. It may not be Islamophobia...but it's definitely very silly.
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July 9, 2013

James Comey: The Good, Bad, and Ugly About Obama's New FBI Head

The FBI is getting a new head, Columbia law's James B. Comey. It seems extensive surveillance is still in the cards.
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July 9, 2013

Eliot Spitzer Comeback: Why Wall Street Should Be Very Afraid

The race for New York City comptroller has begun, and with ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer in the running, Wall Street should be holding on for dear life.
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July 9, 2013

TV is the Most Popular Source of News, But Also Widely Mistrusted

Television may still be how most Americans get their news, but its days are numbered.
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July 9, 2013

Rick Perry 2014: Texas Governor Decides to Call it Quits

Today's PolicyMic newsletter, featuring our take on the world's top news and our favorite stories from around the web.
July 9, 2013

Rubio Abortion Bill: Why It's All About Politics and Not Policy

Marco Rubio is about to make some waves on abortion. But it's not about changing U.S. policy on the controversial procedure. It's all about 2016.
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July 9, 2013

State Department Admits It Doesn't Know Keystone XL's Exact Route

Neither Secretary of State John Kerry nor President Barack Obama could tell you the exact route Keystone XL will travel, a DeSmogBlog investigation reveals.
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July 9, 2013

Egypt Interim President Sets Date For Next Election, Muslim Brotherhood Rejects It

Egypt's elections are set for Feb. 2014, but Muslim Brotherhood officials are rejecting the new government's transition time line. They vow to continue fighting instead.