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Whether you're a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or something else entirely, Michelle Obama wants you to get out and vote this November.

That's the message behind the launch of When We All Vote, a nonpartisan group geared toward getting people registered and excited to vote in the 2018 midterms. In the campaign's launch video, former first lady Michelle Obama teams up with Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw to explain what the program's all about.

The video is funny and cute, but the subject matter is really important.


Lin-Manuel Miranda is not throwing away his chance to make his voice heard this November. Nor, his shot, presumably. GIFs from When We All Vote/YouTube.

Young people are the least likely to cast a ballot in the midterms. They're also the ones who'll be affected the longest by the lasting changes politicians put in place.

A June poll found that 74% of senior citizens are "absolutely certain" to vote in the November midterms. By comparison, that number drops to just 28% when you ask adults between the ages 18 and 29. Yikes! That's not great.

"4 million Americans turn 18 this year. That's huge!" Monáe says in the video. She's right, and if those 4 million all make it out to vote, young people can play an important role in shaping the future.

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Democracy works best when we all participate in it. Yes, even those we disagree with.

That's what makes it so important that this initiative is nonpartisan. If we want to have a serious conversation about civic engagement, we have to break down the barriers that keep people from taking part in the electoral process. Sure, just 36.7% of eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2014 midterm elections, but beyond disinterest (of which, sadly, there was some), there are a lot of barriers that keep people from participating. That's why it's good to get started on this now. If you work a job where you're not able to step out to vote this November, consider getting an absentee ballot, voting early, or finding another alternative.

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You can watch When We All Vote's launch video below, and learn more about how you can register and help register others at its website.

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Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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This article originally appeared on 12.10.15


Imgur user "mollywho" felt her life was falling apart. Not only was she battling clinical depression, but she had her hands full. "I've been juggling a LOT lately," she wrote on Imgur. "Trying to do well at work. Just got married. Couldn't afford a wedding. Family is sparse. Falling out with friends, yaddadyadda." She was also upset about how she treated her new husband. "I've not been the easiest person to deal with. In fact, sometimes I've lost all hope and even taken my anger out on my husband."

When she returned home from a business trip in San Francisco, mentally exhausted, she collapsed on her bed and cried. Then she noticed some writing on the bedroom mirror. It was a list that read:

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10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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