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We Asked It: How Do Student Loans Affect You?

Recently, President Obama toured campuses around the country to promote his latest economic priority for the middle class: "We've got a crisis in terms of college affordability and student debt," Obama told a crowd of students at the State University…
By Julia Black

In Other News: August 28, 2013

'In Other News' is Bustle's daily roundup of the stories, videos, and more media you might have missed. Three Tampa schools are on lockdown and local residents are advised to stay indoors while police investigate shots fired in the area. The artist w…
By Julia Black

Teacher Receives 30 Days in Jail for Horrific Rape

Three and a half years after a Montana teenager took her own life, the rapist who indirectly caused her suicide has received his final sentence: 30 days in jail. Stacey Dean Rambold, who was 49 at the time, was the 14-year-old girl's teacher at Billi…
By Julia Black

Obama Commemorates MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech

On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped to the podium atop the Lincoln Memorial to address a crowd of thousands who had marched through Washington to demand civil and economic rights for African Americans. The "I Have a Dream" speech he de…
By Julia Black

In Other News: August 27, 2013

'In Other News' is Bustle's daily roundup of the stories, videos, and more media you might have missed. Regarding that war we seem to have scheduled for sometime Thursday, this is a great online resource for on-the-ground updates from Syria. After a …
By Julia Black

This is How Often Guys Change Their Sheets

UK mattress company Ergoflex has confirmed what we'd feared all along… most guys change their sheets on a disturbingly irregular basis. In their "horrifying" new survey, the company reveals that 55 percent of single men between the ages of 18 and 25 …
By Julia Black

Exactly How Big Were Zimmerman's Legal Fees?

George Zimmerman's defense attorney Mark O'Mara, who helped deliver his client a 'not guilty' verdict last month, plans to ask the state of Florida for a large sum of money to pay for legal costs incurred during the trial. Zimmerman, who shot and kil…
By Julia Black

Obama's Record of Appointing Women Could Be Better

This year's high-profile appointments of National Security Advisor Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Powers year may have you under the illusion that women are making major gains within the Obama administration. Not so fast, says the New York Tim…
By Julia Black

Tropical Storm Fernand Kills 13 in Mexico

Tropical storm Fernand has begun to weaken into a 'tropical depression as it moves northwest Monday, having left a deadly trail behind it in the Mexico's eastern Veracruz state. (A tropical depression, by the way, occurs when a group of storms congre…
By Julia Black

7 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal

Exactly 94 years ago today, women gained the right to vote. In commemoration, August 26 was designated National Women's Equality Day in 1971. Here are just a few reminders that, despite the progress we've made, gender inequality remains a persistent …
By Julia Black

Sentencing Phase Begins For Fort Hood Shooter

In the next several days, the military jury serving in the court martial of Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan will face a sentencing decision in a case fraught with ambiguity. Last week's verdict found Hasan guilty of 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of…
By Julia Black

Will Obama's Views on Pot be the Next to Evolve?

Familiar questions about the President's views on marijuana have begun to see a comeback in White House press conferences, following a widely-circulated op-ed by CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta entitled "Why I changed my mind on weed." C…
By Julia Black

Rick Perry Sneakily Seeks Obamacare Funding

If there's one thing Rick Perry hates about America (apart from us pesky feminists, that is) it's Obamacare. Or at least that's what the Texas Governor has led us to think since Obama's cornerstone policy debuted in last year. So how does Rick Perry …
By Julia Black

One NM County To Grant Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Okay, if we could have chosen any desert wedding destination to legalize same-sex marriage, we'd probably have picked Vegas. But for now, we can celebrate a step in the right direction over in New Mexico. Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced W…
By Julia Black

Mubarak May See the Light of Day Within the Week

The incarcerated former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, may walk free as soon as tomorrow after serving just over one year of his lifetime sentence. Northern Court of Appeals in Cairo convened Wednesday to order his release from jail after reviewi…
By Julia Black

What Difference Does A Preschool Education Make?

The budget cuts set into motion by the sequester will begin to affect the Head Start program this month, excluding nearly 60,000 low income children from the government-funded group's early education services. It's more than a shame, especially since…
By Julia Black

What Will Al Jazeera America Look LIke?

The long-anticipated launch of Al Jazeera America will bring the news network to over 48 million homes Tuesday afternoon. Some are calling this the most significant news media event in years. Al Jazeera purchased Current TV last December, and has bee…
By Julia Black

Tea Party Rep. Has Harsh Words For Little Girl

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) was in the middle of the Q&A portion of a town hall meeting on immigration in Murfreesboro, Tennessee when 11-year-old Josie Molina stepped timidly up to the microphone. Her question for her congressman was simple: "I hav…
By Julia Black

Upsetting PSA Reenacts Trayvon Martin's Death

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) released a new PSA Monday that is bound to stir up some controversy. The one and a half minute video portrays an eerie reenactment of the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American teenager who…
By Julia Black

In Other News: August 19, 2013

Climate change deniers hear this: the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report states with 95 percent certainty that humans are causing global warming. And hey, at this rate, that patch of sand you've got your head bu…
By Julia Black