Washington, D.C., is experiencing what could be its coldest stretch in almost 10 years, a meteorologist said, as dangerously cold weather and snow continued to hit much of the Northeast and Great Lakes area Wednesday.
Locally all the homeless shelters are filled up and trying to find more space so everyone can be inside. It is brutally cold.
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The first lady stepped out in a sophisticated blue Thom Browne coat and J. Crew shoes for Inauguration Day, accessorizing with a Cathy Waterman necklace. Browne, an American designer better known for his menswear, designed the coat based on the style of a man’s silk tie.
Whatever, they both look awesome..as do the girls.
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The pomp and circumstance of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration were underway Monday morning in Washington, as the president engaged in a series of quadrennial traditions leading up to his formal swearing-in on Capitol Hill.
I am a sucker for these things and always watch. Love them. And love all the hats the Supreme Court Justices are wearing. lol
Happy Inauguration Day, y’all.
Before Monday’s public swearing in, Barack Obama was officially sworn in Sunday by Chief Justice John Roberts at the White House.
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The White House has posted its official response to an online petition calling on the federal government to start building a Death Star by 2016. Apparently it’s against federal government policy to blow up planets — and would be an out-of-this-galaxy waste of money.
Apparently it’s against federal government policy to blow up planets.
Sony’s upcoming remake of Carrie has received a grisly new poster, but has also been delayed by a good seven months from its original release date…
Gun-loving Wayne LaPierre took fire from all directions Friday — left, right and center.
The National Rifle Association chief’s defiant response to the massacre in Newtown outraged firearms foes, city mayors, police chiefs — and even some prominent Republicans.
“I don’t even know where to begin,” Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said on MSNBC. “As a supporter of the Second Amendment and a supporter of the NRA, I just found it very haunting and very disturbing that we are a country talking about arming our teachers and principals in classrooms.”
An aide to a top Senate Republican called LaPierre’s speech “dumb” and “bizarre.”
Instead of lampooning the media, LaPierre should “have focused on the children you’re defending” not “the people you’re mad at,” said the staffer who asked not to be identified.
Among those most insulted by LaPierre’s diatribe — in which he called for armed guards at schools and railed against the media — were the still-mourning residents of Newtown.
“How dare they?” fumed Elizabeth Murphy, 42, who lives int the town. “We are all still grieving. This is the wrong time to discuss their goal of putting more guns on the street … The bodies haven’t even all been buried yet.”
The speech appalled Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who represents Newtown in Congress. He took to Twitter to express his fury.
“Walking out of another (Newtown) funeral and was handed the NRA transcript. The most revolting, tone deaf statement I’ve ever seen,” tweeted Murphy, who will be sworn in as the state’s next senator in January.
LaPierre’s remarks inflamed Democrats and irked Republicans across the nation.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he believes LaPierre’s proposals make no sense.
“I don’t necessarily think having an armed guard outside every classroom is conducive to a positive learning environment,” said Christie, who is known as a moderate on social issues.
“You don’t want to make this an armed camp for kids. I don’t think that’s a positive example for children. We should be able to figure out other ways to enhance safety.”
“I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. We won’t prevent them all—but that can’t be an excuse not to try. It won’t be easy—but that can’t be an excuse not to try.
And I’m not going to be able to do it by myself. Ultimately if this effort is to succeed it’s going to require the help of the American people—it’s going to require all of you. If we’re going to change things, it’s going to take a wave of Americans—mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals—and, yes, gun owners—standing up and saying ‘enough’ on behalf of our kids.
It will take commitment and compromise, and most of all, it will take courage. But if those of us who were sent here to serve the public trust can summon even one tiny iota of the courage those teachers, that principal in Newtown summoned on Friday—if cooperation and common sense prevail—then I’m convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make the United States of America a safer, stronger place for our children to learn and to grow.”
— President Obama at a news conference today
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