Trending In Our News Feeds – Workers demand rights on May Day. Workers from around the world are marching in support of their rights to mark May Day, a holiday traditionally associated with the labor movement. Construction workers in Hong Kong marched with a bloody dummy on a stretcher to protest unsafe labor practices, while South Koreans demanded job stability from their government. Venezuela is bracing for massive protests in the capital of Caracas on the part of both major political parties. In New York, Occupy Wall Street has organized a day of activities in support of the 99%.
Obama renews efforts to close Guantánamo. President Obama promised to renew efforts to close the military prison at Guantánamo Bay at a news conference on Tuesday, saying he has authorized officials to review the possibility of closing the prison. He will also ask Congress to take steps to shut down Guantánamo. The President’s announcement comes after extra medical staff were sent to Guantánamo to manage a hunger strike that has spread to almost two-thirds of detainees.
PolicyMic’s Aubrey Bloomfield suspects that the President’s announcement may be an empty show of sympathy for the hunger striking detainees. He argues that Obama’s failure to close the prison in the last four years makes it unlikely that he will do so now. Charles Davis goes so far as to accuse Obama of actively supporting the practices at Guantánamo. He cites the President’s executive order allowing the prison to retain detainees indefinitely as evidence.
White House weighs options for engagement in Syria. A senior White House official told The Washington Post yesterday that President Obama may send weapons to rebel groups in Syria. The New York Times reports that the President is considering other options for increasing U.S. involvement in Syria as well, ranging from air strikes and commando raids to the enforcement of a no-fly zone. Officials expect Obama to make a final decision in the coming weeks ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. PolicyMic pundit Connor Goddard tells you three ways the U.S. should help Syrian rebels right now.
Paul Ryan backs gay adoption. Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R–WI) said he supports the right of gay couples to adopt orphaned children. The announcement marks a substantial shift in Ryan’s stance on the issue. In 1999, he voted to prevent gay couples in D.C. from adopting. Ryan said, “I do believe that if there are children who are orphans who do not have a loving person or couple ... I think if a person wants to love and raise a child, they ought to be able to do that. Period.” Many high-profile politicians have changed their position on gay rights issues this year. At last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, host Conan O’Brien joked, “…To any U.S. senators here tonight, if you'd like to switch either your desserts or your position on gay marriage, please signal the waiter.”
Poll finds growing millennial political divide. In its bi-annual survey, the Harvard Institute of Politics reveals that millennials are becoming more entrenched in their political views. The Institute reports that 86% of millennial Democrats approve of President Obama, while only 10% of millennial Republicans agree. The survey also says that 40% of millennials are undecided on immigration reform. 42% of millennials believe that U.S. politics are on the wrong track. You can read the survey here. Harvard has also just released its yearly list of the “Top 25 Innovations in Government.” Maybe this will convince millennials that not everything the government does is bad.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – CNN: “The Least Trusted Name in News” (Robby Barthelmess, @_barthelmess) – A new poll by The Huffington Post and YouGov reveals that CNN is less trusted than other major networks, including Fox.
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3 Stereotypes About Millennials That Are Completely False (Aneil Mishra, @drmish) – Do you find yourself arguing with the media about how you are portrayed? As a professor, I see firsthand the difference between what people think about millennials and what is actually true.
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Indian Politicians Want to Ban Porn Instead of Addressing Sexual Assault Head On (Medha Chandorkar) – In response to recent rape cases, the Indian government is considering banning pornography. This is a disastrously misguided approach to tackling the country’s sexual assault problems.
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Facebook Ads Are Now 40% More Effective At Controlling Your Behavior (Mark Nelson) – Facebook’s “Suggested Posts” are stealthy ads that blend in between posts from friends on your Facebook news feed. It turns out this 21st-century version of subliminal advertising is surprisingly effective.
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How to Find Your Dream Job in 2013 (Chad Kolinsky, @chadkolinsky) – Income? Opportunities for advancement? Happiness? Find out what qualities you should be looking for in your next job.
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What We’re Sharing – How a drifter, a nun, and a house painter broke into one of the most-secure nuclear weapons plants in the U.S. (Washington Post).
How thousands of alleged criminals could crash the U.S. justice system (NY Times).
It turns out the Mediterranean Diet isn’t just good for your body (Well).
Inside the Internet black market where you can buy everything from drugs to stolen art (Verge).
This map of the world’s 25 best airports makes Obama really mad (Washington Post).
The Internet just turned 20: This is the first web page ever published (CERN).
These are the 10 sexiest, smartest colleges in the country (BuzzFeed).
Dessert – This man spent his life savings at a carnival and all he got was a giant banana.
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