Mic Check: Why Rich People Don't Give to Charity

Trending In Our News Feeds Obama fires up young Isrealis. In a speech to Israeli students, Obama encouraged young Israelis to lead the way on peace negotiations with Palestine: “I can promise you this: political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do. You must create the change that you want to see.” Obama brushed off hecklers from the crowd, joking they were planted to make him “feel at home.”  NPR listened to the entire speech, so you don’t have to. Check out the five most important moments.
 
63% of Americans support citizenship for immigrants. A new report released by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institute reveals that 63% of Americans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Researchers interviewed 4,500 Americans, and found that, for the first time, a majority of both Republicans and Democrats favor a path to citizenship. However, 21% of Americans still support deportation of illegal immigrants.
 
China to become the world’s largest economy. Thanks to four decades of strong economic growth, China is expected to overtake the U.S. as the world’s biggest economy in 2016. Researchers forecast rapid growth in China in the coming years, which will gradually slow as the country becomes more industrialized.
 
Google’s Eric Schmidt visits Myanmar. Executive Chairman Schmidt spoke in Myanmar (the country also known as Burma) today on the importance of developing the country’s cell phone market. Google will likely see huge profits when Myanmar’s previously government-owned telecommunications network becomes privatized. The company’s Android phones are already the most popular in the country. Schmidt visits Myanmar as violence escalates between the country’s Muslim and Buddhist populations.
 
37 states compete to become drone test sites. The FAA will approve up to six states as sites for testing the commercial uses of drones. States hope to attract drone manufacturers by being the first to test the equipment. Experts predict the commercial drone industry could bring in as much as $11 billion within a decade.
 
Lockheed Martin to release quantum computers. Tech company Lockheed Martin has announced it is prepared to release computers that operate according to quantum mechanics. Scientists from top computer companies, such as Microsoft and IBM, have been attempting to implement quantum physics into computer technology, but none have been successful, until now. Quantum computers will function millions of times faster than leading systems today.
 
Harvard scores first ever NCAA tournament win. 14-seed Harvard edged 3-seed New Mexico by a score of 68-62. The Crimson’s most famous basketball alum, Jeremy Lin, flipped out. PolicyMic Pundit Jonathan Tjarks took to Twitter to poke fun at Harvard’s band of basketball misfits: “If you go to Harvard, you don't get to be the underdog. Look at that scrappy band of future i-bankers and government officials!”
 
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Must Reads From PolicyMic #NotBuyingIt App Could Put An End to Sexist Advertisements (Elizabeth Plank, @feministabulous) – A new app will give users a way to photograph, share, and report offensive advertisements. Will it mean the end of sexism in ads?
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Rachel Maddow Just Proved MSNBC Is a Mouthpiece For the White House (Chelsey Mullins) – MSNBC has crossed the line from being a liberal network to a puppet for the Democratic Party.
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Meet the 26% Of Millennials Who Oppose Gay Marriage (Hannah Ridge) – Nearly three-quarters of young people support gay marriage. So who are the 26% who are refusing to jump on board the equality bandwagon?
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Yes, There's Life After Work — But You Have to Work For It (Susan Kraykowski) – In a world of laptops and smartphones, is it still possible to keep work at your office where it belongs?
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8 Ways Superheros Have Changed Since the First "Superman" (Abdul Siddiqui, @A_R_Siddiqui) – Superheroes are not what they used to be, and the next "Superman" probably won't be either.
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What We’re Sharing So much for trickle down. Why the rich don’t give to charity (Atlantic).
 
Women in the Senate: An infographic on their increasing influence (NY Times).
 
The future of food: Bill Gates urges us to innovate to feed the world’s population (Mashable).
 
We should be able to unlock everything we own. How copyrights infringe on our rights (Wired).
 
How to take kick-ass notes at work: The complete guide (Quartz).
 
We all love the snooze button, but science says you should never hit it (Slate).
 
Is Bill O’Reilly a closet liberal? You’d be surprised by some of his opinions (Daily Beast).
 
Get the d.l. on the president’s supercharged limo, from a guy who’s made one (Washington Post).
 
Just for kicks – We The People starts a petition to get congressmen to wear the logos of their corporate backers.
 
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