President Obama Rationally, Passionately, And Emphatically Calls Out The Senate For Ignoring America

The Senate failed at their jobs today, refusing to give an up or down vote to background check legislation that specifically banned a gun registry while allowing for comprehensive checks.

“90% of Americans support universal background checks. Think about that. How often do 90% of Americans agree on anything?” —President Obama.

Just watch.

The highlights: 



Here’s the full speech, if you’ve got time for the whole thing:

Every single senator should probably know what they’ve done. So I’d share this.

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You'd Be Shocked To Learn Why You're Better Off With Credit Cards Than With An Education

The amount of student debt has been rising for years, but has the amount of our concern been rising with it? I think it’s time it should.

PS – I’m just kiddin’ about you being better off with a credit card than an education!


Americans Now Have More Student Debt Than Credit Card Debt


And Here’s Why:


Share this now to raise awareness about this growing problem.

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No One In The Audience Expected Her Ever To Say What She Said In These 3 Minutes

The more we hear about people “you wouldn’t expect” to stay in abusive relationships, the more that idea gets put away in favor of actual compassion for each and every victim.

TRIGGER WARNING: This talk contains verbal descriptions of domestic violence.

If you are in an abusive relationship, a crisis counselor is one of
the best and safest people to help you create an exit strategy. Do not
tell your abuser you’re leaving, and be careful about who you notify of
your plans so you can get out safely.

You can visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website to speak with a crisis counselor or call (800) 799-7233.

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They Are Hating On This Little Girl’s Family. It’s Time To Get Mad, Internet.

The family in this commercial looks a lot like my family, and that makes me happy.

Know what doesn’t make me happy? The fact that Cheerios had to disable the comments on this YouTube video because there was so much outrage that they’d dare show an interracial family in their commercial. C’mon, Internets! It’s 2013 and we’re better than that.

Know what makes me happy again? That Cheerios is standing behind this commercial. They told Gawker, “At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all.”

I’m suddenly craving a bowl of cereal.

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They Recorded 125 Phone Calls. What They Found Made My Stomach Turn.

When it comes to stuff like this, it’s probably best to have some scruples.

Here’s an article that explains how this loophole works, citing specific examples of how it can go horribly wrong. And this post, in which the author conducted an abbreviated version of the same experiment, boils the problem down to this punchy analogy:

“Requiring background checks in some places but not others is like locking three of your car doors, leaving one unlocked, and expecting that car to be secure.”

Universal background checks are sounding pretty reasonable about now, eh?

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Sickening Incompetence: The Little Congress That Couldn't

While the 112th Congress was busy screwing around with the fiscal cliff that they built for themselves, the Violence Against Women Act was left by the wayside. The VAWA was originally passed in 1994 but expired in 2011 when some of the more conservative congressmen voted against expanded protection for more diverse rape victims. The anemic, watered-down version passed in May, but any promise of a full-fledged Violence Against Women Act died when the politicians decided fighting with one another was more important than protecting rape victims.

Back in May of 2012, Gwen Moore implores the house to support stronger anti-rape legislation. Unfortunately, Moore’s fears proved true, and what should have been a human rights no-brainer became a catty, partisan stalemate resulting in legislation that does about as little as the very Congress that watered it down.

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What He Has To Say About Your Favorite Products And Brands Should Do More Than Worry You

You’ve heard all about human rights and labor rights and child labor. But now it’s 2013, so we’ve dealt with all that, right? Nope.

  • At 3:50, he offers to show you a Chinese sweatshop down the street from Madison Square Garden.
  • At 6:35, he says the problem is bigger than any one country can solve.
  • By 10:30, he gets down to the one institution he believes can make a difference — if they use their power for good.

I don’t know that he has the best answer, but I do know that more ears need to hear about the problem.

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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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