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Help a College Student Injured in Boston Find a Mystery Veteran Who Helped Her

April 17, 2013 Tuesday afternoon's final briefing by Massachusetts and law enforcement officials ended on a sweet note when Governor Deval Patrick asked for "a favor," encouraging people to help Victoria, a Northeastern student who suffered a "serious shrapnel wound," find the man who comforted her following the Monday's bombing in Boston. Victoria...

Stephen Colbert Forced Bill Clinton to Join Twitter

April 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bill Clinton's Twitter philosophy? "There's nothing worse than a friendless tweeter." Well now he has close to 34,000 Twitter followers for the new account Stephen Colbert took the liberty of setting up for him: @PrezBillyJeff. During last night's Colbert Report, filmed at the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in St....

Obama's 'Jedi Mind Meld' Shatters His Nerd Credibility

March 1, 2013 It's a good thing Obama isn't running for office again: the president, who has been known to be Spock-like and nerd-courting, just lost the support of both Star Wars and Star Trek fans. Well, except maybe J.J. Abrams. In his sequester press conference today, the president made a joke about...

Michelle Obama's Oscars Moment Was Pretty Controversial, Actually

February 25, 2013 It began as a seemingly awkward Jack Nicholson introduction of the very long list of nominees, but the Best Picture denouement at a very long Oscars ceremony on Sunday turned into a surprise appearance by Michelle Obama, via satellite from the Governors' Ball in Washington, D.C.—where earlier she had sat...

Office Workers Lose Focus Every Three Minutes

December 13, 2012 If you're reading this blog post at work, it probably means you're distracted. Don't worry. You're not alone. Rachel Emma Silverman of the Wall Street Journal reports that academic studies have found that office workers go off-task—either because someone distracts them or they, well, distract themselves—about every three minutes. Silverman...

Obama to pardon both turkeys after useless Facebook contest

November 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite pitting two animals against one another in a Facebook contest to choose the National Thanksgiving Turkey, the president will still pardon both birds—Cobbler and his alternate Gobbler—per a White House release this morning. The annual ceremony will take place this afternoon in the Rose Garden, though a White House...

White House turns turkey fate over to social media

November 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House turkey pardoning ceremony is a Thanksgiving tradition, but what happens to the poor birds that don't get pardoned? The White House's new social media outreach makes us go all existential on the holiday. The White House is asking people to choose which fowl will be the 2012...

One in five U.S. Senators will be women next term

November 7, 2012 Obama may have won the female vote in last night's election, but there will also now be a record number of women serving in the Senate next January when one in five members of the upper chamber will be female. In Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin took Herb Kohl's seat and...

Dewatering SWAT Team has been pumping out more than an Olympic-size pool per minute

November 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said yesterday that its dewatering task force removed more than an Olympic-size swimming pool's worth of water per minute from New York's flooded mass transit tunnels. The press release (via Boing Boing) said the team was overseeing pumps at six sites that each could...

Romney spoke four minutes less but got in 541 more words

October 4, 2012 We've noted Barack Obama's "intellectual stammer" before, but just how much did it slow him down last night? Well, despite talking four minutes less than Obama, Mitt Romney was able to speak 541 more words. Michael Brendan Dougherty tweeted the statistic, and we went to this CNN transcript to check...

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