What If Mitt Romney And Barack Obama Were Pen Pals In The Fifth Grade?

Looking to bridge the red
state-blue state divide? Let’s help our future senators and congressional
representatives with an old school dose of communication and promote this
effort to schools. Do it for, you know, the kids.

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These Parents Think It Might Be A Phase, But They Just Don't Understand What It Means

It’s something that affects 1 in 88 of us. What if every parent knew about this early sign of it?

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I Bet This Man Has Embarrassed A Few Police Officers Who Have Tried To Arrest Him

Alright, punk, keep your hands where I can see ’em. Just what the hell do you think you’re doing to that wall? Meet an artist who has been doing something so unique, Clorox decided to sponsor him.

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This Guy Is Going To Show You One Of The Most Important Things You Can Teach Your Kids

His mom and dad didn’t focus on his disability. They saw their child who was full of potential. They helped him reach it by parenting him in the best way possible — the way we should all parent. I adore what his mom says about making it work at 3:36.

He took that support and encouragement and used it to face life with strength and positivity. And while his parents set the foundation, he created an awe-inspiring life where the sky’s the limit. Listen carefully to what he says at 6:31. This is what fulfilling your potential looks like to me.

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A Comedian Silences A Room For 9 Minutes. It's Not An Awkward Silence.

Comedians spend years honing their stage persona, but when all-star comic Anthony Griffith tells the story of his life as a comedian and as a father, not even he can keep it together. To be honest, I couldn’t either when I watched this video. It’s so important to remember that the people we idolize aren’t the two-dimensional, easily digestible caricatures that we see of them in the media. I’ve seen some breakdowns before, and this was the first one that felt real.

At 0:56, he receives a phone call that will change his life forever. 
At 2:12, Griffith takes the stage and blacks out. 
At 3:04, he starts to tear up.

At 4:41, he describes the most bleak situation I’ve ever heard.

At 6:26, the doctors drops a serious bomb.

At 7:31, Griffith has his ‘Denzel Washington from Training Day’ moment.

At 8:33, the real truth comes out.

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An Explanation Of A Law That Allows Women To Be Fired For Using Birth Control

Although this is a funny video, the reality of this Arizona law is not funny at all.

You probably want people to know laws like this are happening right now. If so, go ahead and share this because the more we can educate, the more we can change.

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Why Cheaters And Liars Think They're Honest, Wonderful People

Why do so many good people do not so good things? Dan Ariely and his intriguing accent explain. 

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Psst! Can I Tell You A Secret About Smart Girls?

We don’t all wear glasses and we don’t all magically transform into super models when we let our hair down. I know, I know! It’s crazy, right? 

So if it’s not the glasses and the hair, then what makes a smart girl smart? Here, I’ll let Amy Poehler (“Saturday Night Live,” “Parks And Recreation”) and her “Smart Girls at the Party” crew explain what they like to celebrate about smart girls:

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