Tag Archive for obama

Chill turtle takes GoPro on a leisurely swim through Great Barrier Reef

Turtle

Feed-twFeed-fb

Maybe you meant to book a tropical vacation this summer and just kept putting it off. But does it even matter? It’s not like you were going to catch a piggyback ride on a turtle’s shell, relaxing like you’ve never relaxed before

This turtle doesn’t even know that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is deciding whether or not his super cool hometown, the Great Barrier Reef, will be ruled as endangered. He’s just casually gliding through the ocean with a GoPro on his back, checking out some…

A bunch of Girl Scouts are camping out on the White House lawn tonight

Campout

Feed-twFeed-fb

Ever wonder what it’s like to gaze at the stars from a tent on the White House lawn?

Some lucky Girl Scouts will be doing just that on Tuesday night, thanks to an invitation from the First Lady to pitch their tents in the president’s backyard

Tuesday’s campout is part of a night of planned outdoor activities on the South Lawn of the White House, including rock wall climbing, knot tying and orienteering as part of Michelle…

Obama’s full speech at Pinckney’s funeral is even better than his rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’

Obama2

Feed-twFeed-fb

President Barack Obama unexpectedly sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral, but that stirring rendition wasn’t the only inspiring moment during his roughly 37-minute eulogy.

Pinckney, who was also a state senator, was killed with eight others at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17 by a 21-year-old shooterDylann Roof has been arrested in connection with the crime and remains behind bars.

Obama’s impassioned speech touched on Pinckney’s strong…

Silicon Valley celebrates gay marriage, and the Internet’s role in it

Facebook-pride

Feed-twFeed-fb

It’s official: Same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, and the tech world is overjoyed.

Friday’s landmark 5-4 ruling, in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans as unconstitutional, earned enthusiastic reactions from many members of the tech community, who voiced their unwavering support in interviews with Mashable on Friday.

Some also contend it was the Internet that paved the road to legalizing same-sex marriage

How the Supreme Court decided on a constitutional right to same-sex marriage

Gay-marriage-supreme-court-explained

Feed-twFeed-fb

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional, both advocates and opponents of the decision are poring over the majority opinion and four dissents to understand why the justices chose one side or the other — and what that means for Americans

Amidst the legalese, intellectual barbs, and sweeping language, the justices have made it very clear how they view marriage, the role of sexual orientation in seeking to join that institution, and whether the Constitution…

Obama delivers impassioned eulogy for slain Rev. Pinckney in Charleston

Obama-eulogy-south-carolina-01

Feed-twFeed-fb

CHARLESTON, South Carolina —In an impassioned eulogy that touched on race, gun control and the Confederate flag, President Barack Obama addressed thousands of mourners at Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral in Charleston on Friday

“We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith,” said Obama, who flew to Charleston after giving a speech outside the White House about the Supreme Court…

U.S. ‘will not abandon families’ under new hostage policy

James-foley-memorial

Feed-twFeed-fb

President Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday makes it easier for families to pay ransom and secure release for U.S. citizens held hostage by terrorist groups abroad

The Department of Justice issued a statement on Wednesday saying it won’t try to prosecute family members of hostages who pay ransom in order to secure their release. However, the statement is more a confirmation of this fact, as the DOJ has never previously prosecuted those who pay ransoms.

The change comes after…

Israeli politician’s wife apologizes for tweeting inflammatory Obama joke

Ap060110016874

Feed-twFeed-fb

Judy Shalom Nir Mozes, wife of Israeli interior minister Silvan Shalom, faced a stiff backlash on Sunday for tweeting what many considered a racially-tinged joke about U.S. President Barack Obama

This is the wife of the Israeli Interior Minister pic.twitter.com/qazwM8altJ

— Tom Gara (@tomgara) June 21, 2015

Mozes later deleted the tweet and issued an apology.

President Obama I shouldnt have written the…

Israeli politician’s wife apologizes for tweeting inflammatory Obama joke

Ap060110016874

Feed-twFeed-fb

Judy Shalom Nir Mozes, wife of Israeli interior minister Silvan Shalom, faced a stiff backlash on Sunday for tweeting what many considered a racially-tinged joke about U.S. President Barack Obama

This is the wife of the Israeli Interior Minister pic.twitter.com/qazwM8altJ

— Tom Gara (@tomgara) June 21, 2015

Mozes later deleted the tweet and issued an apology.

President Obama I shouldnt have written the…

Nuclear power could be restored in U.S., new research indicates

Nuclear-plant

Feed-twFeed-fb

Nuclear power, a low-carbon but expensive source of electricity, isn’t likely to grow much in the United States, even as President Obama pushes to slash greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants.

But the U.S. Department of Energy is betting that $60 million in new research and development could eventually breathe some new life into nuclear power in the U.S., helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.