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How to Make Voting Easier

<i>Voters stand in line during the fourth day of early voting in North Miami, Tuesday, October 30, 2012, as Floridians cast their ballot seven days</i> …

One In Every Five U.S. Kids Has A Mental Health Disorder, But Most Of Them Aren’t Getting Treatment

Mental health issues affect approximately 20 percent of the kids in the United States, according to a first-of-its-kind report from the Centers for …

Senator Undertakes $3-Per-Day Food Stamp Challenge As Congress Readies Cuts

As the farm bill approved by the Agriculture Committee last week reaches the Senate floor Monday afternoon, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) will be a few …

The Supreme Court Agreed To Hear A Case Today That Will Probably Nuke Separation Of Church And State

Eight years ago, in an opinion warning of the “violent consequences of the assumption of religious authority by government,” retired Justice Sandra …

BeatDeck’s Free Analytics Show Musicians Who Their Fans Are

Does my music do better on Facebook or Twitter? Where should my next tour be? Is my new song too repetitive? Musicians can get free answers to these questions and more from BeatDeck, a Y Combinator analytics company launching today. BeatDeck plans to license this data to labels and music stores to …

Line Set to Begin Censoring its Users in China

Earlier this year, Tencent-owned WeChat, a mobile messaging app with more than 300 million users, came under fire for censoring ‘sensitive’ topics that its users were discussing. Now, Line, a rival app developed in Japan which has 150 million users, is the next in line to pal up to the Chinese …

Invest in America's Youth: Invest in Public Transit

Long before cars were the dominant mode of transportation, long before private homes and sprawling suburbs, America's story was written to the blaring of the train whistle.<p>Trains, buses, and public transit in general played a vital role in the growth of America's cities and suburbs in the East and …

80-Year-Old North Carolina Educator: Why I Am Going to Risk Arrest Today

Today I am participating in a non-violent and peaceful protest called Moral Mondays. I join ministers, students, teachers, and other concerned citizens at the state capitol in Raleigh because I am deeply concerned about the legislation of this session of the North Carolina General Assembly. In my …

Olympia Snowe: Senate's Piecemeal Votes On Sequestration 'Unfair'

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said Monday it was wrong of lawmakers to unanimously pass legislation last month to ease the effects of sequestration on the Federal Aviation Administration, calling it bad policy and "unfair" to all the other programs struggling to adjust to the …

Facebook’s “like” is on trial, so think twice before liking this article

There are many perils associated with Facebook faux pas (for example, “liking” an ex-girlfriend’s bikini photo or unfriending a former boss), but some are becoming more serious than others—and ending in legal battles. Turns out, seemingly innocuous Facebook clicks have deeper meanings.<p>In the <b>United</b> …

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Supreme Court says local governments can't hold up cell tower buildouts

The Supreme Court today voted in favor of the FCC in a dispute around the speed with which local governments implement proposals to build or expand cell towers. According to the <i>Associated Press</i><i>,</i> the 6-3 vote in favor of the FCC enforces the FCC's recommendation that local jurisdictions act on …

The first GIFs? Prehistoric rock carvings become 'animated' under sunlight

Prehistoric human artwork is simple but breathtaking, as anyone who has seen some up close or in movies such as Werner Herzog's 2011 documentary <i>Cave of Forgotten Dreams</i> can attest. But now archaeologists say that there is more to it than meets the eye: a group of rock carvings in the Italian Alps …

New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart

In her keynote speech at last year’s annual Netroots Nation gathering, Darcy Burner pitched a seemingly simple idea to the thousands of bloggers and web developers in the audience. The former Microsoft programmer and congressional candidate proposed a smartphone app allowing shoppers to swipe …

Nigeria Announces National ID Cards with Electronic Payment Capability

Last week at the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Cape Town, South Africa the Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and MasterCard announced their collaboration with plans to roll-out an initial 13 million MasterCard-branded National Identity Smart Cards with electronic …