For anyone that missed it, Luther the Anger Translator made an appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

1) Jeffrey Sterling

Sterling was a rank-and-file employee of the CIA when he gave New York Timesreporter James Risen top secret documents about Iran’s nuclear program. In his 2006 book State of War, Risen tells the story of a failed attempt by the CIA to sabotage an Iranian nuclear program way back in 2000. In January 2011, Sterling was arrested for revealing this information and spent much of the last four years awaiting trial as the court debated whether it could force Risen to testify against Sterling. Earlier this year, Sterling was convicted of nine felony counts under the Espionage Act, each carrying up to 10 years of prison time. Sterling is currently awaiting sentencing.

2) James Hitselberger

Working on contract as a linguist for the Navy in Bahrain, Hitselberger stuffed a military computer containing military secrets into his backpack and took them back to the United States. Those documents now sit in a collection named after Hitselberger at Stanford University and, while kept lock-in-key, supposedly contain classified information about troop positions and gaps in the military’s intelligence, as well as reports as far back as 1979 about the Iranian Revolution. Because Hitselberger pleaded guilty to one count under the Espionage Act last January, he is serving a minimal one-year sentence in a federal prison.

3) Stephen Jin-Woo Kim

While working at the State Department in 2009, Kim came across documents revealing North Korea planned to respond to a new round of UN sanctions with a new nuclear test, a promise the country ended up keeping. He gave the information to Fox News reporter James Rosen, who ran the story ahead of the UN sanctions. Last year, Kim was sentenced to 13 months in prison after a lengthy trial that largely centered on the Obama administration’s overly exuberant usage of the Espionage Act.

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United States Senate Doodle

I just found out that this exists and thought I’d share it with you all.

This is an actual doodle by President Obama when he was serving in the United States Senate! He is said to have drawn this while he was presiding over the Senate sometime in 2007. The doodle depicts Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and of course our own favorite, Ted Kennedy (D-MA) in the Senate Chamber.

Mr. Obama drew this during a National Doodle Day charity drive run by Neurofibromatosis, Inc., a national advocacy organization for sufferers of the genetic disorder, and it was sold on eBay by the charity for over $2,000.

I really like this, it’s so cute! Nice job, Mr. President! 

David Tennant to attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner with President Obama tonight

Tonight David Tennant will be a guest of The Guardian newspaper at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in the presence of President Barack Obama.

As well as David, The Guardian have invited Alan Rickman who played Severnus Snape in Harry Potter.

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is an annual event for journalists who report on the president to attend a dinner with various stars as well as the president himself.

The dinner is also known as The Nerd Prom!

The dinner tonight will be broadcast live on MSNBC and live streamed on at this link.

It will also be broadcast on CNN at 7pm with a repeat at 11.30pm.

Deadline - David Tennant’s most frequently updated website


The White House will call for a ban on LGBT conversion therapy

“The White House formally responded to a petition on today seeking a ban on efforts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people, the The New York Times reports.

The petition called for the creation of “Leelah’s Law,” ideally national legislation that would prohibit licensed therapists from engaging in the scientifically discredited practice of so-called conversion therapy.The petition on the government’s We the People website was authored in the wake of transgender Ohio teenager Leelah Alcorn’s suicide. In a note that went viral after she scheduled it to post to Tumblr after her death, the 17-year-old Alcorn detailed the harm she endured when subjected to conversion therapy by a Christian therapist she was taken to by her parents. The petition obtained more than 100,000 signatures in January, triggering a formal response from the White House.

Noting that the practice is often used on minors, “who lack the legal authority to make their own medical and mental health decisions,” senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett offered a full-throated support from the administration toward efforts to ban such “therapy,” which has been denounced by every major medical and mental health organization in the country as not only ineffective but likely to harm.

“We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth,” Jarrett wrote Wednesday night in the White House’s formal response to the petition.

“When assessing the validity of conversion therapy, or other practices that seek to change an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation, it is as imperative to seek guidance from certified medical experts,” the statement continued. “The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.

"As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors,” the statement concluded.

The official response also included remarks from the president, who stopped short of outright endorsing national legislation — which has yet to be introduced — to ban such efforts. However, the official response did mention bans on the use of such “therapy” on minors in California, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

“Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let’s say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he’s held as long as he can remember,” said President Obama in a statement. “Soon, perhaps, he will decide it’s time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us — on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.”

Transgender advocates applauded the administration’s action.”

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