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January 29, 2014
My fellow Americans, if we’re being truly honest with ourselves, I think we can all admit one thing. While the state of the union may be strong, it would have been a hundred times stronger if Buddy were still with us.
The Onion: Obama Admits U.S. Hasn’t Been The Same Since Buddy Holly Died
22:12 // 2 months ago
January 28, 2014
So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice – tell America what you’d do differently. Let’s see if the numbers add up. But let’s not have another forty-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans like Amanda. The first forty were plenty. We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against.
Obama, throwing out sick burns on health care.
21:57 // 2 months ago
It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.
Obama, on gender equality in the workplace.
21:47 // 2 months ago
Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent, and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone. So let’s get immigration reform done this year.
The entirety of what Obama has to say about immigration in this huge speech. Feels like not very much.
21:31 // 2 months ago
This can be a breakthrough year for America.

Hopeful words from President Obama in the State of the Union, happening RIGHT NOW.  (via gov)

"Opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation is to restore that promise."

21:26 // 2 months ago
For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. It’s an important debate – one that dates back to our very founding. But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy – when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States – then we are not doing right by the American people.
Lotta boos after Obama said this from one side of the chamber. Claps on the other.
21:19 // 2 months ago
The next hour of the speech, in a single screenshot.

The next hour of the speech, in a single screenshot.

21:17 // 2 months ago
20:43 // 2 months ago
January 17, 2014
Slate gets sassy on Obama’s NSA announcement.

Slate gets sassy on Obama’s NSA announcement.

11:24 // 3 months ago
January 7, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 7, 2014

"I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission." Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates put out the daggers on Obama for his new book.

Your commute home today probably wasn’t as bad as that of the 1,000 people on the NJ Transit line that were stuck in a freezing train without power for nearly two hours.

Major pork producer Smithfield has asked its suppliers to stop putting pregnant pigs in tiny cages where they can barely move. It’s like they care.

Sunday: Prison inmate escapes Kentucky prison. Monday: Polar vortex hits. Tuesday: Man is back in prison—where, if nothing else, it’s warm.

Here’s what Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is up to these days.

23:52 // 3 months ago