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December 26, 2013
17:38 // 3 months ago
December 23, 2013
Like some Americans, the complicated nature of the president’s case required an in-person sign-up. As you’d expect, the president’s personal information is not readily available in the variety of government databases HealthCare.gov uses to verify identities.
Obama signed up for Obamacare today, but it was a staffer who had to wait in line.
14:18 // 4 months ago
December 21, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 21, 2013

President Obama has started a 17-day vacation in Hawaii, a vacation which will have a little bit of work—he’ll have daily briefings on the healthcare law and on national security—but (he hopes) a lot of rest.

Four men were arrested Saturday for their suspected roles in a New Jersey car-jacking that led to the death of a lawyer, who was killed in front of his wife after a day of Christmas shopping last weekend.

Worst possible way to lose a job: Write racist tweet before jumping on plane to Africa, fail to use the in-flight internet, and create a PR crisis for your company. (Oh yeah, you’re in charge of PR.)

Stuart Little meets Benjamin Button: Scientists have figured out a way to make the muscles in mice way younger.

Beyonce handed out $37,500 in gift cards at a Wal-Mart on Friday night.

18:53 // 4 months ago
December 16, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 16, 2013

The world’s newest country is having some major growing pains. On Monday, South Sudan fended off an attempted coup, which was led by a former vice president. President Salva Kiir, who has led the country since its formation, has called for a curfew in the nation’s capitol, Juba.

Obama’s probably gonna get more than he bargained for when he invites Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter to the White House.

Of the $12.9 billion in aid the UN hopes to receive for 2014, nearly half of it would go to refugees in Syria.

If you’re the kind of person who washes their hands 50 times a day, don’t click this link.

We’ve been domesticating cats long before anyone knew what a GIF was.

21:44 // 4 months ago
14:58 // 4 months ago
We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white. When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it. There is an issue of confidence.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, describes his country’s disappointment in the United States and Obama regarding the Syria conflict. 

(Source: nytimes.com )

12:35 // 4 months ago
December 5, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 5, 2013

Obama once lived with his nearly deported Kenyan uncle, the White House revealed today. He was a law-school student, it was the ’80s and the president was waiting for his apartment to be ready. The revelation is something the government denied until this week, which Drudge is calling a flip-flop for some reason.

With chaos taking over in the Central African Republic, the French government is sending troops into the country this week. France ceded control of the former colony in 1960.

Speaking of France, the country’s central bank gave Bitcoin a thumbs-down this week. The move contrasts Ben Bernanke’s recent cautious thumbs-up in the U.S.

Cities across the country took part in strikes against the fast-food industry.

Blame faulty wiring in the brain for dyslexia, a new study says.

21:00 // 4 months ago
December 3, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 3, 2013

Detroit can go ahead with the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history ($18 billion in debt, for those playing at home), which is bad news for retired city workers, who now find their pensions facing a sudden threat.

Earlier this year, a Nigerian man spent three days trapped at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, surviving thanks to an air bubble on his sunken ship. He thinks the rescue was divine deliverance.

Kim Jong-Un apparently fired his uncle, who was a powerful deal-broker in the country. Couldn’t negotiate that one, it seems.

Good news for Obama’s Kenya-born uncle: He won’t be forced out of the U.S., after a judge threw out a deportation notice.

Two companies that nobody likes can officially get married.

19:38 // 4 months ago
msnbc:

Got a question for President Obama? Now is your chance to ask him.
Hardball host Chris Matthews will sit down for a Q&A with the commander-in-chief on Thursday at American University in Washington, D.C.  During the town hall-style interview, Obama will also answer students’ questions, in addition to some of yours, via the official “Let’s Play Hardball” group on msnbc.com.
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP Images)

"So what does it feel like to be like the millionth person to upstage Chris Matthews?"

msnbc:

Got a question for President Obama? Now is your chance to ask him.

Hardball host Chris Matthews will sit down for a Q&A with the commander-in-chief on Thursday at American University in Washington, D.C.  During the town hall-style interview, Obama will also answer students’ questions, in addition to some of yours, via the official “Let’s Play Hardball” group on msnbc.com.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP Images)

"So what does it feel like to be like the millionth person to upstage Chris Matthews?"

19:05 // 4 months ago
November 30, 2013

More on “rooting for failure”

poorrichardsnews said: Conservatives are not cheering the pain of regular people. We are cheering the failure of Obamacare and policies like it that HURT regular people. I have no shame in cheering Obama’s policy failures b/c they are harmful to the American people.

» SFB says: But where were the news conferences, the Fox News alerts, the parading of people who couldn’t get their lifesaving cancer treatments under the old system? Where was the media attention when thousands of people were routinely dumped once they got sick? When did Republicans in Congress hold an oversight hearing on the leading cause of personal bankruptcy—medical debt? — Ernie @ SFB

11:41 // 4 months ago