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Trending In Our News Feeds Congress to vote on first gun bill since Newtown. Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey have announced they will introduce bipartisan gun background check legislation to Congress. The bill aims to close the gun show loophole and require background checks for online gun purchases. Read the highlights of the bill here. The announcement comes as a new poll reveals that 91% of veterans support expanded background check laws.
 
Outline of immigration reform bill leaked. Sources familiar with the immigration bill that the Gang of Eight will release next week have leaked an outline of the legislation. The bill will provide the Department of Homeland Security with at least $3 billion over 10 years to enhance border control, while also establishing requirements for undocumented immigrants to become U.S. citizens.
 
Zuckerberg launches heavy-hitting political advocacy group. Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy group FWD.us officially launches today. The group brings together major Silicon Valley figures and important political players with the initial goal of pushing immigration reform. Check out Zuckerberg’s published Washington Post op-ed on the importance of immigration reform for the economy.
 
Employers value problem solving more than college major. The Association of American Colleges and Universities has released the results of a survey revealing that employers care more about candidates’ problem solving abilities than their college major. 93% of the 318 companies surveyed said they value prospective employees’ communication and critical thinking skills more than what they studied in college. In other jobs news, The Wall Street Journal has the scoop on why Twitter is the new jobs board.
 
Bitcoin’s bubble bursts. After reaching an all-time high of $266, the value of the digital currency “Bitcoin” finally plummeted to $150. Bitcoin became a sensation this year when its value rose sharply, bucking economic trends. Business Insider introduces you to the “Bitcoin Billionaire” who’s giving away thousands of dollars on Reddit, and Mother Jones explains everything there is to know about Bitcoins.
 
Morsi engages with Egyptians on Twitter. Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi held his first nightly Twitter Q&A session with citizens last night. The Guardian suspects Morsi hopes to silence criticism from the West by engaging with his people. The Morsi administration recently canceled all investigations into Egyptian journalists and appears willing to rewrite the most controversial items in the country’s constitution.
 
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Must Reads From PolicyMic Why Exported American Feminism Can Do More Harm Than Good (Joseph Sarkisian, @joesarkisian) – The case of Amina Tyler demonstrates why the rapid spread of Western feminist ideals via social media can be downright dangerous.
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Baby Boomers Are Pushing Millennials Out Of a Competitive Job Market (John Giokaris, @JohnGiokaris) – The Baby Boomers putting off retirement and slow job market growth are creating a bleak future for millennials. However, there are few ways to improve your prospects.
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A Black, Southern Country Fan’s Reaction to Brad Paisley’s “Accidental Racist” (Nate Abrams) – Even though “Accidental Racist” is a clumsy attempt at tackling the issue of racist imagery, Brad Paisley deserves credit for engaging with the topic.
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This 13-Year-Old Hero Committed Suicide After Months Of Bullying and Threats (Christine Salek, @christinesalek) – After six months of bullying, Devin Brown ended his own life. It’s time to let the world know that bullying isn’t okay.
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7 Things You Forgot to Pack For Coachella (Emma Greenberg, @babyg263) – I know, you have so much tie-dye/crochet/fringe spilling out of your suitcase you can barely zip it. But in addition to your hippie outfits, don't forget to pack these festival essentials.
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What We’re Sharing4 reasons North Korea won’t go to war (The Week).
 
A FEMEN leader explains how the group uses bare boobs to fight misogyny (Common Dreams).
 
Stephen Hawking urges humans to abandon Earth (CNet).
 
Inside the biggest scandal in quiz bowl history (Slate).
 
In the (not so distant) future, your favorite chef might be a machine (New Yorker).
 
Get to know the tiny German town that has seven Michelin stars (NY Times).
 
33% of men lie on their dating profiles: America’s dating scene, by the numbers (The Week).
 
The end of sleep? How new tech drastically reduces our need for rest (Aeon).
 
The complete guide to procrastinating at work (Quartz).
 
Tired of tacky hotel art? This hotel is decorated with Lego sculptures (Gizmodo).
 
Dessert – 11 kid prodigies who did amazing things before they turned 11.
 
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