In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

Jofi Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation section of the National Security Staff at the White House, has been fired after it was discovered he was responsible for the @natsecwonk Twitter account from which he had been tweeting criticisms of members of the administration as well as prominent conservatives. "What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments." Okay, player.

Democratic Senator from Illinois Dick Durbin posted on Facebook that, during a shutdown negotiation, a leading House Republican said to President Barack Obama: "I cannot even stand to look at you." Because that party has no respect for this President.

[Content Note: Guns] Gun owners are using Instagram to privately sell guns, thus evading background checks. Because of course they are. I will never stop mirthlessly laughing at people who incessantly invoke the second amendment of the US Constitution while shouting about their rights and freedoms and THE LAW, but have nothing but contempt for any law that doesn't suit them.

Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel of Oklahoma City will be married in the sovereign nation of the Cheyenne Arapahoe Tribe, since same-sex marriage is still not legal in the state of Oklahoma.

Gallup finds that a majority of USians now favor legalizing marijuana: "For the first time, a clear majority of Americans (58%) say the drug should be legalized."

Would you like to read a sweet story and/or watch a video about a couple who met and fell in love on Instagram? If so, here it is!

Neat: "A purring monkey, a vegetarian piranha, and a flame-patterned lizard are among more than 400 new species of animals and plants that have been discovered in the past four years in the Amazon rainforest."

Are you a fan of Anchorman and ice cream? Well, then you might enjoy Ben & Jerry's new limited-run flavor: Ron Burgundy's Scotchy Scotch Scotch.

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