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Trending In Our News Feeds – Venezuela elects new president in contested election. Hugo Chavez’ hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro declared victory in Venezuela’s presidential election by less than two percentage points on Sunday. However, Maduro’s opponent Henrique Capriles has demanded a recount because of alleged irregularities with the vote. If Maduro prevails, he will face a range of serious economic problems.
Experts fear possible North Korea missile test. Today is the birthday of North Korea’s first leader Kim Il-sung, and some national security experts fear that Pyongyang may celebrate by launching a missile. The Daily Beast has published an exclusive look into why the intelligence community believes that Kim Jong-un has access to a nuclear missile. And if North Korea does decide to unleash a nuclear Armageddon, at least we’ll have new guidelines from the EPA on how to survive.
Rubio takes huge risk by supporting immigration reform. Ahead of the expected release of the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill on Tuesday, Marco Rubio appeared on seven TV talk shows this weekend. Rubio emphasized that the bill does not offer amnesty for undocumented immigrants. The bill will require immigrants to pay $2,000 to apply for citizenship and will not provide federal benefits to applicants during the 13-year citizenship process. The Washington Post tells you why supporting immigration reform is a risky move for Rubio.
SCOTUS to decide if medical companies can patent genes. SCOTUS will hear opening arguments today in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., a landmark case that will determine the future of scientific research. Myriad Genetics argues that it should have the exclusive right to study two genes it discovered that are linked to breast and ovarian cancer. The Association for Molecular Pathology claims that Myriad’s patent violates the Constitution’s ban on patents of natural processes. The Christian Science Monitor summarizes the arguments on both sides of the case.
The taxman cometh. Today is the last day to file your federal income taxes. If you’re feeling screwed over by the government, you can look up your tax rate for every year since 1913. Apparently, Americans spend 6 billion hours filing their taxes, and tax software is to blame. For something on the lighter side, meet Tax Day’s dancing statue of liberty, or check out 10 music stars who got an unpleasant visit from the IRS for failing to file.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – Justin Bieber Wrote WHAT At the Anne Frank House? (Andrea Ayres-Deets, @missafayres) – Justin Bieber’s comments in the museum dedicated to Anne Frank read like an elaborate Onion article. It’s time for the pop star to grow up.
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3 Women Who Will Change Pakistani Politics (Areej Elahi-Siddiqui, @andareejsays) – A former Hindu slave and two tribal women are running in the upcoming May elections and are determined to make a difference, against all odds.
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In Defense Of Millennial Hook-Up Culture (Laura Donovan, @LauraDonovanUA) – “The End Of Sex,” a new book on the problems of the hook-up culture, argues that hooking up can be seriously detrimental to young people. Here's why that's an exaggeration and why we'll be alright.
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Why Don Draper Would Hate Mad Men's Social Media Tactics (Tom Mandel) – Mad Men’s social media team reduces a powerful franchise to the usual bland Facebook fare by publishing uninspired, sycophantic posts.
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Mike Brodie's World Of Train Hopping is a Glimpse Of Absolute Freedom (Adam Hogue, @hoguie) – A recent photo-set from Mike Brodie's book, “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity” shows why we seek solitude and escape, even if just for a short time.
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What We’re Sharing – A Guantanamo prisoner speaks out: “Gitmo is killing me” (NY Times).
Ahead of the opening of his presidential library, George Bush defends his legacy (Dallas Morning News).
Do cops need a warrant to read your text messages? (Forbes)
Why 50% of the U.S. will have a mental disorder during their lifetime (Slate).
6 reasons China will drive the Bitcoin boom (Quartz).
10 tips on traveling as a broke millennial (Thought Catalog).
Psy’s new video already has 50 million views (YouTube).
Find out how an 8-year-old raised $50,000 with a lemonade stand (Positively Positive).
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