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Lego Is Launching a Radical New Figurine After an Online Campaign

It took years, but the company finally listened.
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6 Months Since Legalizing Pot, Washington Looks Very Different Than Colorado

These two experiments in legalization are playing out very differently.
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Procrastination is Leading to Something Terrible for Your Health

New research reveals how delaying one important task is hurting your body.

How Melissa McCarthy Turned a Maddening Slight Into an Inspiring Fashion Line

"Trying to find stuff that's still fashion forward in my size is damn near impossible."
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Vladimir Putin Just Delivered This Incredibly Sexist Tirade Against Hillary Clinton

Tough rhetoric is an inherent part of diplomacy, but this crosses a line.

Why Piper From 'Orange Is the New Black' Is the Most Groundbreaking Character on Television

The summer's most exciting show just got a lot more interesting.

How the Music Industry Engineered the 'Song of the Summer' in American Culture

The inside story of an wholly American phenomenon.
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Your Favorite Banana Company Spent $780,000 Campaigning Against 9/11 Victims

This company wanted to block a bill that would help terrorism victims.
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Is Your Team Allowed to Have Sex at the World Cup?

Here's how eight World Cup participants are handling the age-old conundrum.
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Here's What the U.S. Is Doing to $36 Billion Worth of Military Equipment in Afghanistan

Remember, that's military equipment your taxes paid for.
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These Are the Last of America's Dying Feminist Bookstores

Here's why we have to save them.

Listen to Music Like You Never Have Before Using This Incredible Google Keyboard

This is what the modern, connected world sounds like.
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What The Media Is Getting Wrong About Simona Halep's Inspiring Breakthrough

The media, by fixating on the French Open finalist's years-ago breast reduction, is taking its eyes off the ball.
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Colleges Are Worried About Congress' Sexual Assault Solution For a Worst Reason

What about the needs of victims of sexual violence?
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A New WHO Study Proves That America's Anti-Vaccine Truthers Must be Stopped

The U.S just earned a health distinction unlike any it's received in the past 20 years.
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Did Obama Just Ruin the Chance to Make McConnell a 5-Term Senator?

He may have just won the election for his biggest rival.
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Vermont Just Took a Radical Step To Get Money Out of Politics

The Green Mountain State is doing something no other state has done to combat the damage done by Citizen's United.

Buried Under Hundreds of Cities Is High-Tech Infrastructure Big Telecom Refuses to Use

This is why your Internet is so terrible.
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The Senate Just Made a Historic Choice for UN Ambassador

It's the second major victory of its kind in less than a month.
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Why We Shouldn't Let Boko Haram Overshadow Nigeria's LGBT Crisis

The world's attention on #BringBackOurGirls would be better used for repealing the country's repressive anti-gay laws.

Mic Check – Boko Haram Strikes Again, a Unified Theory of Jerks, and Peter Dinklage

Your guide to the most important news and ideas for June 5, 2014.