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We broke the great race barrier with President Obama but it’s time that we also really ask ourselves deep down what it’s going to take to elect a woman president. And I will certainly do what I can when that time comes to elect somebody – whoever that somebody might be.
Hillary Clinton teases the American public at a Miami speech, continuing to sideline a definite answer on whether or not she’s running for United States presidency come 2016. Here’s a more direct answer from Clinton herself. 
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I’ve been thinking lately, do we actually have a black president or a president who happens to be black? There have been very few moments and very few, if any, policies that have made a difference that you might hope for a black president to do.

This moment was like, wow, we really do have a black president who will come out and lay it all out on the line.
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There’s a fantastic article at The Blaze, Glenn Beck’s non-news news website for people who can’t handle the newsiness of Fox News. The headline is “Was Justice Roberts Intimidated Into Voting For ‘Obamacare’? Senator Mike Lee Presents The Evidence.” The article is a retelling of Glenn Beck’s radio interview of Mike Lee (R-UT), in which Lee explained his belief — meticulously written up, I’m sure, in his new e-book — that Roberts originally supported repeal of the Affordable Care Act and then was obviously intimidated into changing his vote.

Toward the bottom of the article, is this fantastic paragraph:

Lee continued to say that he has “no evidence” that Roberts was being blackmailed, but said that doesn’t mean Roberts wasn’t under any kind of “direct pressure.”

But even if he wasn’t, Lee reminded the Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers were open in their warnings to the court, “denigrating the authority of the house,” and saying the Supreme Court would become irrelevant if it failed to uphold ObamaCare.

“Was Justice Roberts Intimidated? Senator Presents Evidence” screams the headline. And the evidence? Oh, there isn’t any. But buy the guy’s e-book; there’s also no evidence in there.

Here’s how The Blaze ends the article:

The argument that Roberts changed his vote has been made in the past, but is certainly lent additional credibility when a U.S. senator writes a book making the case.

Lee and Beck and tons of conservatives either don’t understand the ruling or don’t agree with it (or a little of both) so they assume that Roberts must have been intimidated; they even go so far as to suggest that the NSA might have blackmailed Roberts with pictures of himself or his family members. This is precisely the kind of conspiracy-mongering I always expect from Glenn Beck … but now we also get to enjoy it courtesy of a sitting U.S. Senator.

Really, there are two questions here:

  1. Did Justice Roberts change his vote on the Affordable Care Act?
  2. Was Justice Roberts intimidated into changing his vote?

Lee believes there’s some evidence that Roberts changed his vote between hearing oral arguments and writing the majority opinion. He seems to think this is the same thing as having evidence that Roberts was intimidated into changing his vote … because Lee apparently believes that one changes one’s mind only through intimidation.

You should watch the full fourteen minute interview because it’s a great example of what a whole bunch of people in this country are thinking. Of course, there are only a few moments in it that aren’t completely awash in lunatic conspiracy theorizing … and those are the moments when Lee repeatedly urges people to buy his e-book:

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What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo. And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.
President Obama • Kiboshing his daughters’ future attempts to rebel against him and Michelle. (via shortformblog)
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Today, President Obama announced sweeping set of policies, including 23 executive orders, aimed at reducing gun violence. The unveiling was the result of the Joe Biden-led task force Obama formed last month in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and proposed policies include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and improved access to mental health care. The Washington Post calls it “the most expansive gun-control policies in a generation,” and the fact that the president issued no less than 23 executive orders suggests that he wants to avoid congress as much as possible with this (which, given his first term, is understandable). Here’s the flashy White House document outlining the proposals, here’s a list of the executive orders (one of which, somewhat amusingly, is “Nominate an ATF director”), and here’s audio of the event (courtesy of Matt Keys). Photo credit: AP source

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Today, President Obama announced sweeping set of policies, including 23 executive orders, aimed at reducing gun violence. The unveiling was the result of the Joe Biden-led task force Obama formed last month in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and proposed policies include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and improved access to mental health care. The Washington Post calls it “the most expansive gun-control policies in a generation,” and the fact that the president issued no less than 23 executive orders suggests that he wants to avoid congress as much as possible with this (which, given his first term, is understandable). Here’s the flashy White House document outlining the proposals, here’s a list of the executive orders (one of which, somewhat amusingly, is “Nominate an ATF director”), and here’s audio of the event (courtesy of Matt Keys). Photo credit: AP source

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Love at first blight: Let’s say you’re a fun-loving young single person, and you use the internet to help set up dates with men or women of your choosing. You might expect a few awkward dates here or there, garnished lovingly with some spam email. What you probably wouldn’t expect, however, is for such an email (from the service OKCupid) to contain this weird, apocalyptic anti-Obama image. The body text conspicuously didn’t mention it, but rather played up the 2012 doomsday paranoia (“We’re screwed. You should be too!”) — so, um, who exactly put this image together, or green-lit it?

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Love at first blight: Let’s say you’re a fun-loving young single person, and you use the internet to help set up dates with men or women of your choosing. You might expect a few awkward dates here or there, garnished lovingly with some spam email. What you probably wouldn’t expect, however, is for such an email (from the service OKCupid) to contain this weird, apocalyptic anti-Obama image. The body text conspicuously didn’t mention it, but rather played up the 2012 doomsday paranoia (“We’re screwed. You should be too!”) — so, um, who exactly put this image together, or green-lit it?

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Obama’s viral Spider-Man pic tops his adorable moments with kids
(Photo: Pete Souza / White House)
TIME Magazine named President Barack Obama its person of the year on Wednesday, dubbing him the “beneficiary and the author of a kind of a New America,” according to managing editor Rick Stengel. The announcement was accompanied by an instantly iconic photo of the President horsing around at the White House with a tiny Spider-Man.
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Obama’s viral Spider-Man pic tops his adorable moments with kids

(Photo: Pete Souza / White House)

TIME Magazine named President Barack Obama its person of the year on Wednesday, dubbing him the “beneficiary and the author of a kind of a New America,” according to managing editor Rick Stengel. The announcement was accompanied by an instantly iconic photo of the President horsing around at the White House with a tiny Spider-Man.

Read the complete story.

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CBS: Connecticut shooting suspect purchased gun legally

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President Obama is set to speak on the incident within the hour.

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If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities.
Susan Rice • In her letter to President Obama, acquired by NBC News, explaining why she will no longer stay in the running for Secretary of State. “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” she continues. Partisan politics suck. (via shortformblog)
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The Tumblr, for all its webbiness, embraced a kind of back-to-the-future sensibility: a suggestion of what campaign messaging looked like in previous ages, when it played out on the community level.
The Atlantic, on the Obama campaign Tumblr — perhaps the best piece yet on political memedom, the uniqueness of Tumblr as a platform, and why it makes sense in the political sphere. (Only thing missing: a quote from Liba Rubenstein!)  (via jessbennett)