Got a question for President Obama? Now is your chance to ask him.
Hardball host Chris Matthews will sit down for a Q&A with the commander-in-chief on Thursday at American University in Washington, D.C. During the town hall-style interview, Obama will also answer students’ questions, in addition to some of yours, via the official “Let’s Play Hardball” group on msnbc.com.
Obama’s interview with Matthews comes following the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov, an interim nucleardeal with Iran, renewed calls for immigration reform, and with new budget negotiations on the horizon.
Matthews will discuss a number of topics with Obama, including voter suppression, healthcare, political gridlock in D.C., growing dissatisfaction with the government and more. The interview will air on Thursday evening’s Hardball at 7 p.m. ET.
Condomania.com, which claims to be America’s first online condom store (who knew!), has decided to conduct its own very important, highly scientific study*. According to a press release, the website compiled condom sales data by state to find out which states bought a higher-than-average amount of larger-sized condoms.
The result? A list of all 50 states, “ordered by penis size”–and some surprising news for the Dakotas.
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- District of Columbia
- New York
- South Carolina
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New Hampshire
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
Of course, since the Condomania data is based on what size condoms people are purchasing, the states at the top of the…
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In a secure darkened room, Marie, a 36-year-old mother of six, whispers and struggles to make eye contact. A shoe trader, she regularly travels by bus to sell her wares in remote parts of the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last year, her bus broke down on the often impassable forest road to the town of Walikale. Her bags were too heavy for her to continue by foot, so she resorted to a bicycle taxi. Bandits pulled her off the road while she waited for one to arrive. “When I saw women, I thought I was saved,” she recalls. Not so. The women were armed and dressed in military uniform. They argued with the men in the group over who would “have” Marie. The women won.
“They asked why I was here doing business while they were starving,” she remembers. “They told me I was fat, and that…
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Pity the paper business card. Once the golden ticket granting access to meetings, networking events and the occasional exclusive party where nobody actually knows you, it’s fast on its way to becoming a quaint relic of the dead-tree era.
But if you really must foist your credentials on strangers in a tangible way, now you can do so with “cards” made out of beef jerky. Chris Thompson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania makes his one-of-a-kind Meat Cards by laser etching your contact information on a 2-in. by 4-in. slab of all-American beef jerky made in Tillamook, Oregon.
If you think making a legible business card out of beef jerky is tough, you’d be correct. “It’s tricky because jerky is not the best medium,” says Thompson, who notes that the dried meat “is full of holes, and it falls apart.” Despite those technical challenges, he says he has sold the cards…
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Correction appended, Dec. 3
Dressed in only his boxer shorts and in freezing water, a Nigerian man survived for 60 hours at the bottom of the ocean by finding an air pocket in his sunken tug boat.
Harrison Odjegba Okene was on a boat that capsized in July in the Atlantic Ocean off the Nigerian coast, the Associated Press reports. Eleven crew members died, but Okene, who was the cook, survived for almost three days by finding an air pocket before he was discovered by South African rescue divers. Images and video from his rescue were released this week.
The video shows Okene reaching his hand out to show the rescue diver he is alive. The footage then pans to him in waist deep water. The divers give Okene water and oxygen before equipping him with scuba gear and getting him to safety.
As it got colder, Okene recited a psalm his wife had sent by text…
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The Guardian has published only one percent of the leaked documents it received from former NSA contractor and famed leaker Edward Snowden, the newspaper’s editor said Tuesday.
Alan Rusbridger, appearing before British Parliament, said the newspaper had not put lives at risk or harmed national security by publishing the leaked documents, the Associated Press reports. Rusbridger said Snowden leaked a total of about 58,000 files, the vast majority of which the paper has not, and will not, publish.
“I would not expect us to be publishing a huge amount more,” he said.
Rusbridger defended the Guardian’s role in publishing the leaked documents, which have spurred a fierce international debate about surveillance and espionage between countries, and he condemned what he termed “intimidation” against the newspaper by the UK government, saying that “to the rest of the world, it appears that press freedom itself is under attack in Britain.”
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