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January 28, 2014
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 // 8 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 // 8 months ago
The next hour of the speech, in a single screenshot.

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

21:17 // 8 months ago
20:43 // 8 months ago
January 17, 2014
Slate gets sassy on Obama’s NSA announcement.

Slate gets sassy on Obama’s NSA announcement.

11:24 // 9 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 // 9 months ago
December 26, 2013
17:38 // 9 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 // 10 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 // 10 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 // 10 months ago