So classy.Read More
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Daniel Handler Makes Racist Jokes At Expense Of African-American Authors
Last night Jacqueline Woodson was awarded the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for Brown Girl Dreaming, her book of poetry about growing up as an African-American woman during the '60s and '70s. Upon accepting the award, Woodson thanked the audience of authors for "changing the world," a statement to which ceremony host Daniel Handler (better known by his pseudonym of Lemony Snicket) chose to respond with a "joke" about watermelon.Read More
Or: How the President Saved
As President Obama has pointed out, this one is entirely on your shoulders, FCC. We don't want another set of half-assed rules that can just get struck down in court. We want you to go back to the plan that would actually work to keep the Internet free and open, and that plan is reclassifying Internet service as a utility.Read More
We'll be eagerly awaiting her first Vine.
The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, sent her first tweet! She took off a glove to do it. I wonder if she then used it to smack the iPad and challenge it to a duel?Read More
BIDEN! STOP THAT!
Today has been pretty boring for the non-tech crowd, but White House kid is here to restore our faith in trivial news (and America). On June 23rd, the well-dressed boy pictured above visited the Oval Office to watch Obama thank his father for years in the Secret Service and proceeded to Paul Rudd in Wet Hot American Summer-himself all over the joint.Read More
During a reception for Pride Month, President Barack Obama announced today that the White House is currently preparing an executive order that bans job discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. Unfortunately it only affects employees who are hired by federal contractors, but this is certainly a radical first step that might positively affect a lot of marginalized peopleRead More
What is he pointing at? Could he have extra swagger hidden under the stands?
A sharp-eyed Reddit user spotted actor Liam Cunningham, aka the Onion Knight and Lord of the Rainwood, striking a dashing pose in São Paulo for the World Cup. It's the perfect sport for him -- no fingers required! (via Uproxx)Read More
Obama Recieved A Copy of The Witcher 2 From Poland’s Prime Minister And Had To Pretend Like He Played It
"Yeah it was totally fun, um, assasinating that king or whatever."
Diplomatic gifts are a long and time-honored tradition, but they've gotten a bit gauche lately. Gone are the days of giant pandas and ornate writing desks made from 19th century British ships; instead we're giving out region-locked DVD sets, iPods filled with showtunes, and video games that nobody's ever going to play.Read More
Nice to see the government taking an interest in science.
Today is the White House Science Fair where some of the nation's brightest young scientists are showing off their experiments for the President and the press.Read More