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Michelle Obama Makes Me Not Hate Politics For One Beautiful Moment

I've never seen a convention speech elevate the discourse before. Until now. Below the video is the list of all the awesome moments, and their time stamps, if you only have time to watch the best bits.

Michelle Obama Makes Me Not Hate Politics For One Beautiful Moment


  • At :55, she talks about awesome Americans.
  • AtAt 3:00, she talks about tragic date nights.
  • At 3:40, she pulls out the old days were so rough bit. With a coffee table.
  • At 4:40, we learn the tragic and beautiful story about her dad.
  • At 5:40, she reminds us why government and family are important.
  • At 7:00, she reminds us why being a woman is harder in this country.
  • At 7:40, she defines what it means to be an American more eloquently than a Founding Father.
  • At 8:30, she explains everything wrong with the media and politics today.
  • At 9:30, she makes the most eloquent case for Obama's presidency I have heard thus far. (Though she's probably biased.)
  • At 11:00, she rattles off his accomplishments.
  • At 12:30, she explains why all women should probably vote for him.
  • At 13:00, she explains how out of touch Mitt is, without ever mentioning his name. Well played.
  • At 14:20, she explains what being an American means in yet another beautiful way.
  • At 15:20, she explains what being a good Christian is.
  • At 15:55, she reminds me what being a new dad is all about.
  • At 16:20, I start getting a little teary. At 17:30, the crowd stops yelling.
  • At 18:00, she asks us to listen to our better angels.
  • At 19:40, she yet again defines what it means to be an American, in yet another awesome way.
  • At 21:00, she pulls out some mom guilt and demands you vote.
  • From 21:30 to 23:10, she makes me get teary again. Not cool.
  • From 23:20 to the end she makes me want to go home and hug my kids and then go out and get people to vote and then vote myself.


STOP MAKING ME CARE ABOUT POLITICS! Every time I get out, they pull me back in!

Now I have to share this. GAH.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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