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Most of the time, Instagram beach feet selfies are the worst. I don't care about your feet on the beach! But this beach feet selfie is the best thing I've seen in a long time, because the beach feet captured in it belong to former First Lady Michelle Obama, and former President, her Valentine, Barack Obama—AKA Vacationing Couple Of The Year. I actually cannot count all the ways I love these people. There are too many. Nor...
On January 16th, the New York Times published an article called “Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books”. Michiko Kakutani reported that, to gain greater perspective on the unending onslaught of crises, violence, and broken systems that Obama faced as president, he read deeply. (Take a moment to weep over such astounding reason.) Presidential biographies, novels by Marylinne Robinson, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, and writings by Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and...
Other than this weekend, to my recollection, I have cried only five times in my life due to politics, and three of them were during the last election cycle. That is not because I tend toward the emotionless (quite the opposite), but because I have led a privileged life. I’m from the midwest, I have a supportive family, I am white, I went to college, the end. When we have no visceral sense of what...
It's become almost second nature, these days, when we hear Michael Stipe's voice kick in, howling "Everybody huuuuuuuuuuurts," that it's time for people to read some mean tweets about themselves, written, typically, by anonymous strangers. Last night, for the second and likely final time, our outgoing (pains to write that) Commander-in-Chief appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live to read some of the very best--or, meanest--tweets at his own expense. A mix of random nastiness, 'Thanks Obama' jokes,...

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