“Play Hardball with Chris Matthews and President Obama!”


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.



Which State Is the Biggest?


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.

  1. North Dakota
  2. Rhode Island
  3. South Dakota
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Ohio
  7. Arizona
  8. Alabama
  9. New York
  10. South Carolina
  11. Colorado
  12. Maryland
  13. Wisconsin
  14. New Jersey
  15. California
  16. Florida
  17. Connecticut
  18. Virginia
  19. Oregon
  20. Pennsylvania
  21. Washington
  22. Tennessee
  23. New Mexico
  24. Iowa
  25. Illinois
  26. Louisiana
  27. Vermont
  28. Utah
  29. Maine
  30. Nebraska
  31. Idaho
  32. Kansas
  33. Delaware
  34. Michigan
  35. Nevada
  36. New Hampshire
  37. Oklahoma
  38. Montana
  39. Minnesota
  40. Kentucky
  41. Texas
  42. Indiana
  43. West Virginia
  44. Missouri
  45. Alaska
  46. North Carolina
  47. Wyoming
  48. Arkansas
  49. Hawaii
  50. Mississippi

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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Congo’s Forgotten Curse: Epidemic of Female-on-Female Rape


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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Nice to Eat You: Introducing Beef Jerky Business Cards


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.

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Chris Thompson

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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NATO Seeks Clarity on Troops in Afghanistan

Man Survives 60 Hours Under Water In Sunken Ship


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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‘Guardian’ Editor Says Paper Published Only 1% of Snowden NSA Leaks


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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Vatican Dodges U.N. Sex Abuse Questions

This Politician Asked Parents To Give Him Campaign Cash Instead of Buying Their Kids Christmas Gifts


Updated 5:20 p.m. EST on Dec. 3
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was apparently willing to risk being labeled a Grinch.

The Republican, who survived a contentious recall campaign and is up for reelection next year, recently asked parents to donate to his campaign instead of going Black Friday shopping for presents to put under the Christmas tree.

In a letter sent from his political committee, and posted online by the liberal website Daily Kos, Walker’s campaign tells parents to take advantage of  “a Black Friday special that is better than any deal found in stores.”

“Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season, help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of,” the letter said, asking for campaign donations.

Walker’s campaign did not immediately comment when contacted by the website Raw Story

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Xbox Can Hear You Curse and Will Scold You For It


Shouting profanities while slowly losing to an 11-year-old in Call of Duty is a rite of passage for gamers everywhere. But the symbiotic relationship between shouting the “F” word and getting blown apart is being threatened by a new feature in popular Xbox One games, one that some are already deeming “censorship.”

This morning Deadspin posted a video of an Xbox One “fan” playing NBA 2k14. Something strange happened during the game: when the user cursed, a message on the screen cropped up, “Call technical due to bad language.” The virtual ref had penalized the real world player for cursing. Deadspin also pointed out that a Reddit user playing FIFA 4 encountered a similar issue.

As it turns out, the Xbox One’s Kinect–which senses motion and sound, allowing users to interact physically with games like Skyrim and Mass Effect 3–was listening in on the user, and the way he behaved…

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