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Dear Libertarian

Please justify to everyone that you insist should not earn $15 an hour and that they need to work harder to earn a living, WHY you have not chastised the President for his 3 and half day work week and $180 K salary?  It seems that he should lead he way and EARN his salary.  Remember he supposedly knew the job requirements when he took it and if I hire someone, I expect them to fulfill the job requirements, especially attendance.

someone write a fic where president bartlet goes to see hamilton. bartlet’s an economist so he’d def have Opinions about hamilton and his financial plan. he’d be unsure about the hip hop format to begin with but would end up loving it (obviously) although he’ll still tell his staff about all the historical inaccuracies. and then at the end he’d meet the cast and him and lin would try to outdo each other when it comes to hamilton trivia

bonus points if he drags his staff along

In honor of Presidents’ Day, we’re celebrating a leader with a commitment to the arts. Artists like Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Louise Nevelson found employment through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. In a 1939 radio address, FDR called MoMA “a citadel of civilization” and “a living museum.” Read the complete speech in our archives

[The Museum of Modern Art, 1939. Digital Image: Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art]

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request: Harry's girlfriend studies economics and writes her senior thesis. Harry doesn't understand a thing but is super eager to know what she is writing about. So she starts to expain and he sees how smart and driven she is and it turns him up. He stops her at mid-sentence and pushes to the bed.

Harry always liked when I wrote papers for school on our bed.  He would finish whatever he was doing downstairs, which was usually musically related, and he’d join me after he figured he’d given me enough time to pay attention to my studies.  He would silently climb the stairs, set a mug of tea on my nightstand, crawl onto the bed and wind himself around me.

I always acted like it was bothersome and he was getting in my way, but I secretly loved it.  And I wrote better when he was wrapped around me then I did trying desperately to pay attention to what I was writing while his scent wafted through the whole room.  

Tonight was different though.  I was writing my senior thesis.  This paper was the difference between graduating and getting a decent job or graduating and working for my mother.  And I’d rather die than work for my mother.  So he stayed downstairs.  I could hear him rummaging around in the kitchen and doing laundry which he kept folded downstairs rather than bringing it upstairs.  But he would silently walk upstairs every few hours, lay down a plate of cheese and crackers and a glass of water on my nightstand and leave.

God love him, he wanted me to finish this paper as much as I did.  

I had 20 pages.  I needed six more and I was done.  I had three more days to finish.  I smiled, I was going to make it.  I was going to graduate with honors and prove everyone wrong.  

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The What In Montecello

A/N: OKay so guys, I saw this wonderful HC by @allofthefanfiction, “You snd Thomas have been dating since you met in Monticello, so you came back to America with him. Thomas allows you to come to the first cabinet battle with him, despite him wanting you to stay home to “keep you away from Alexander”. You take your seat as the cabinet battle commences. You’re starting to get bored, but then you heara Alexander say to Thomas, “Would you like to join us? Or stay mellow, doing whatever the hell it is you do in Montecello.” You immediately start laughing, and Alexander just starts glaring at you, you ask what’s so funny, and you just reply with, “I’m whatever the hell it is.”

I literally take no credit for this Idea I’m just simply writing it.

“Thomas,” you wined, pulling on the frilly of his undershirt, “Please just let me come to one?”

Ever since you and your husband Thomas had moved back to America, he had become swamped in his work. Hell, the day you came back President Washington had given him the title of Secretary of State, which was a wonderfully honorable position, but it meant that Thomas was always in his office or at Washington’s. You begged to be able to go spend a day with him there, if not just to watch him work. You loved his passion, it was one of things that initially made you fall for him.

He sighed. “(Y/N), belle, you know you can’t go, Hamilton will be there.” He said the man’s name with disgust.

You pouted, crossing your arms and forcing him to look down at you. “I’m sure he’s not that bad, nothing I can’t handle at least.” 

He seemed to contemplate this, then sighed. You knew that reluctant sigh and a smile grew on your lips; that sigh meant you had gotten your way.

“Fine, but you’ll be sitting right in front of me, I want to keep an eye on you the whole time.”

You hugged him tightly in excitement. “Thank you Thomas!” You stood on your tiptoes, placing a gentle kiss to his cheek. He smiled back down at you and chuckled. 

“How is it always that you seem to get your way?”

You giggled, resting your head against his chest. “Because you love me.”

“Very true mon cher, now” he sighed, “We have a cabinet meeting to go to.”

You sat, as Thomas instructed, in the seat directly in front of him, chin resting on your hand. 

You had expected the meeting to be a little dull at times, but this seemed downright repetitive. Thomas would say something extreme just to get a reaction out of Alexander, Alexander would react, then do the same thing back to Thomas. It was a dreadfully dull cycle, one you were growing a little tired of.

You were only half-listening to Alexander’s rant when he said something in particular that caught your attention.

“Would you like to join us? Or stay mellow, doing whatever the hell it is you do in Montecello!”

Your eyes immediately went to Thomas, whose eyes seemed to also immediately flicker to you. For a second, neither of you reacted. Alexander obviously hadn’t meant what you were thinking, but as soon as the realization hit you, you couldn’t stop a chuckle from escaping your lips.

Thomas grinned, shaking his head. Your laughter only grew louder, causing Alexander to follow Thomas’s gaze and turn back to you, an irriatated glare taking hold of his features.

“Is something funny miss?”

You took a deep breath, wiping the corner of your eyes where tears had begun to form. “In fact, yes there is. You see,” you took a deep breath and smirked, “I’m whatever the hell it is.”

It took a moment for your words to sink in, and when they did, a deep scarlette settled on his cheeks as he tried stuttering an apology. “M-Mrs.J-Jefferson, I was not aware you were, that Thomas was your- m-my deepest apologies.” 

Your smirk only grew as you watched his flustered state. “Oh it’s fine Mr.Hamilton, please, continue. I just thought I’d fill your curiousity about what he was doing in Monticello.” 

Washington cleared his throat, stepping between Alexander and Thomas. “We’ll reconvine after,” he sent an amused grin your way, “a brief recess.”

Alexander quickly left, heading in the direction of the restrooms. You truly hadn’t meant to fluster the man so much, but you werent saying it didn’t please you to see him in that state.

“Darlin, how is it that you can render Hamilton speechless with one comment, and I can’t even get him to shut up for a solid sixty-seconds?” Thomas kneeled in front of you smiling proudly.

You shrugged, placing a kiss to his forehead. “Nothing like the weapon of underestimation my dear. Now,” you gently pushed him away, “go finish what I started.”

He stood, chuckling. “Sure thing, Mrs.Monticello.” He winked and walked away, just as Alexander stepped back into the room appearing much more calm and collected than he had when he left. You blushed, leaning back in your seat as the battle re-commenced.

 Maybe these things weren’t so boring after all.

Pence distances self from Trump Jr. revelations
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence listen as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi © offers remarks before dinner at the White House last month. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence’s office on Tuesday fervently distanced the former Indiana governor from the revelation that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer in June 2016 in order to receive damaging information about his father’s rival, Hillary Clinton.

“The Vice President was not aware of the meeting.  He is not focused on stories about the campaign, particularly stories about the time before he joined the ticket,” Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said in a statement emailed to reporters. “The Vice President is working every day to advance the President’s agenda, which is what the American people sent us here to do.”

At the time of the meeting, President Trump had not yet picked Pence to be his running mate, and the former congressman was campaigning for reelection as governor of Indiana.

In January, Pence flatly denied any contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians looking to interfere in the 2016 election.

John Dickerson, anchor of CBS’s Face the Nation, asked Pence on Jan. 15: “Did any adviser or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the elections?”

“Well, of course not,” Pence replied. “And I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy.”

But Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday tweeted an email chain about setting up a meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and including campaign chief Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, Trump Jr.’s brother-in-law and current top White House adviser.

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” noted one of the emails, from music publicist Rob Goldstone.

Goldstone had sent an initial email to Trump Jr. with the subject line “Russia – Clinton – private and confidential” saying that a Russian pop star, Emin Agalarov, had reached out to Goldstone on behalf of his father, Aras Agalarov, a Russian real estate developer who helped bring the elder Trump’s 2013 Miss Universe pageant to Moscow.

“Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting,” wrote Goldstone on June 3, 2016. “The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin.”

Trump Jr. responded 17 minutes later, asking to set up a meeting and suggesting that the information would be useful to drop later in the summer.

“Thanks Rob I appreciate that,” wrote the president’s eldest son. “I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

Additional contributions from Gabby Kaufman and Christopher Wilson.

VP Mike Pence Distances Himself as Russia Probe Threatens Donald Trump
Washington: US Vice President Mike Pence sought on Tuesday to distance himself from the snowballing scandal over possible collusion with Russian election interference that increasingly threatens President Donald Trump.

After Trump’s son Donald Jr. admitted to meeting a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton last June, Pence declared in a statement that he knew nothing of the meeting – which took place well before he became Trump’s running mate in the election.

“The vice president is working every day to advance the president’s agenda, which is what the American people sent us here to do,” his office said in a statement.

“The vice president was not aware of the meeting. He is not focused on stories about the campaign, particularly stories about the time before he joined the ticket.”

Earlier today Trump Jr. Released emails showing he had arranged to meet with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya over her offer of “incriminating” material on Clinton ostensibly sourced from the Russian government. Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner also attended the meeting.

Trump Jr. Said Veselnitskaya ultimately had “no meaningful” information on Clinton and instead wanted to talk about US sanctions on Russia. He labelled it a “nonsense meeting.”

But critics say the meeting suggests the Trump campaign was prepared to collude with Russian efforts, not clearly understood at the time, to undermine Clinton’s run for president.

The meeting took place on June 9, five weeks before Pence was officially chosen as Trump’s vice presidential running mate.
Donald Trump has spent more than 21 percent of his days as president at golf clubs
Trump said he’d “work my ass off” as president. In reality, Trump has spent 35 days at a golf property since taking office, according to NBC News. The New York Times also previously found that as of April, Trump had spent much more time at the golf course than his predecessors. Read more
Pence distances himself from latest Russia bombshell, saying Trump Jr. meeting was 'before he joined the campaign'

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Vice President Mike Pence distanced himself from the latest Russia-related controversy on Tuesday after Donald Trump Jr. tweeted emails showing him setting up a meeting with a Russian lawyer who he thought had damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Trump Jr. reportedly set up the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower at the behest of Rob Goldstone, a music publicist for a Russian pop star with connections to Trump. In emails, Goldstone told Trump Jr. that a woman whom he identifies as a “Russian government attorney” would like to share some information about Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

A statement from Pence’s press secretary noted that the meeting happened before he was named as then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate in July.

“The vice president is working every day to advance the president’s agenda,” Marc Lotter, Pence’s press secretary, said in a statement. “He was not aware of the meeting. He is also not focused on stories about the campaign — especially those pertaining to the time before he joined the campaign.”

Trump Jr. said Sunday that the meeting was set up on the premise that the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, would provide damaging information on Clinton, but said that material was never presented. Instead, in what he said was a roughly 30-minute meeting, Veselnitskaya pivoted to discussing the Magnitsky Act, a US law blacklisting Russians accused of human rights abuses that so enraged Putin that he retaliated by barring US citizens from adopting Russian children.

“Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent," Trump Jr. tweeted Monday. "Went nowhere but had to listen.”

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Today, I’m proud to change my profile photo to Barack Obama. This is my president! And I believe he is one of the best presidents in our history. By just about any measure, from jobs, to civil rights, from the environment to the economy - he has accomplished more any modern president. Here’s a greatly abridged reminder of some of his greatest hits:

He saved us from an economic disaster, taking unemployment from 10% to 4.6%.

He saved our auto industry.

He ended two wars.

Captured the man behind Benghazi, killed Bin Laden, got Syria to give up chemical weapons, and got Iran to give up nukes. All without a single American casualty.

He worked tirelessly, taking fewer vacation days than any president since Carter (less than half of what Reagan took and less than a quarter of what Bush took).

He deeply cares about individual Americans and is the first president to establish a system where he personally reads ten letters from citizens every day.

He saved millions of lives through the ACA, stopping discrimination because of gender or pre-existing conditions and letting young people continue to have health coverage under their parents. Now, more people are covered under insurance than ever in our history.

High school graduation rates are the highest they have every been in history.

We have had 82 straight months of job growth, the longest streak ever in the history of our country.

Business start ups are up 20% under Obama.

Wind and solar energy production under Obama is up 252%

He appointed the most diverse cabinet in history, promoting the equality of persons of color and women.

Grew private sector jobs by 11.6 million.

He protected waterways from coal mining, blocked offshore drilling in the Arctic & Atlantic oceans, and worked to create the Paris agreement with other countries to save our plant from climate change.

S&P 500 is up 157%

Highly dedicated to ethics and in 8 years not a single whiff of a scandal for him or his staff.

He reduced the student loan interest rates from 6.8 to 3.9%.

Obama made a concerted effort to help veterans and the result was homelessness among our veterans dropped by HALF! He increased money available for mental health care for veterans by a huge amount. He made regular trips to Walter Reed to spend time with wounded soldiers.

He conducted nuclear summits and convinced 16 countries to get rid of enriched uranium.

President Obama created a law to protect LGBTQ+ Americans from being fired just because they are gay. And he changed his mind and helped the nation embrace marriage equality for all.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed so that gay, lesbian, and transgender soldiers could serve their country and not hide who they are.

Gas prices halved because he reduced our dependence on foreign oil.

He banned torture by US personnel in all circumstances.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize.

He re-opened relations with Cuba for the first time in decades.

He reduced the deficit from 9.8% of the GDP in 2009 to 3.2% in 2016.

He protected us all from banks using our money to make risky investments like the ones that caused the crash in 2008.

He helped women’s equality by opening combat positions to women and ensured that women who were already serving in these type of positions received equal pay.

He created the Dreamers Act to help undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children establish a path to legal residency.

He changed the policy that brought fallen soldiers back to the states in secret. Now, it is done so that the family can be there and he added to that law funds to pay all traveling expenses for the families.

I am proud to say I voted for this man twice (and would do it again if I could).


Holy web-weaving wonders, Batman! An exceptionally ambitious garden spider spun this awesome web across the garage door belonging to 74-year-old Russell Harding in Colerne, Wiltshire, England. The spiderweb covered a 6-foot-wide span across Harding’s driveway and attached to the wing mirror of his car. At the center of the web sat a proud 1.5 inch-wide lady Orb-weaver spider, presiding over her great work, which remained intact for three days.

‘I don’t understand how the spider did it, it was incredible,’ he said. 'I’m just mystified. It was right across the path way, I had to move it to walk through, I managed to detach it from my wing mirror and move it 90 degrees to a bin so it was still in tact but we could leave our house.’

'I have never seen a web that big before. My wife would have actually passed out if she had walked into the web. There would have been a lot of screaming. Fortunately it had been a very dewy morning which highlighted the web so I saw it before I walked into it.’

Photos by Russell Harding

[via The Daily Mail and BuzzFeed]

OCTOBER 31! 1989 WORLD TOUR TAMPA –🎃 SWIFTOWEEN 🎃– IF YOU SEE US… COME SAY Hi!!! We want to meet so many of you. :) Hi taylorswift and hi to all you wonderful swifties out there. Our names are Adriana adriimejia , Daniela daniielats1989 and Morgan oh-haiii-boiii After A LOT of hot glue burns, 46 batteries And MONTHS of planning our tour outfit and posters we are finally finished and we could not be more excited!!! We are going as your campaign managers because I mean lets be real… Taylor needs to be president! We have been working on all of these since the day we bought our tickets in November of 2014! You have no idea how many time we changed our outfit ideas because we wanted to be “original” but that’s a little hard when we are the last U.S show. We almost pulled it off until Kanye talked about running for president. These girls are my best friends and we couldn’t be happier that we get to see you together! We will be seeing you October 31! On the last U.S tour date. Our seats are in section 134 row R seats 13, 14, and 15. If anyone sees us there, come say hi! taylorswift you have been a big part of our lives for a very long time and we wanted you to know that you have changed our lives and We are so proud to have someone as amazing as you to look up to and call our role model. We love you with all our hearts and thank you for being the sweet person that you are. tree-paine

2015 in Review: The White House’s Year in GIFs

2015 is almost over, so we’re taking a look a back at our year on Tumblr.

This year, the White House Tumblr reached more than 269,000 followers. We took questions from the public on how we’re working to #ActOnClimate, and on banning conversion therapy for minors. We even launched a new Tumblr dedicated to the letters President Obama receives from across the country every day.

We use Tumblr because we’re always looking for new ways to engage with the American people, and one of the best — and most fun — ways we’ve found to engage on Tumblr is through making GIFs.

So without further ado, here are our top 10 GIF moments on the White House Tumblr this year:

1. When President Obama announced his plan to make community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it:

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Companion to School Anna <3

lol Hans being VP and working diligently to one day obtain the prize of Class President while School Director’s Daughter Elsa sees right through his crap. “Go ahead and work until you die, worm." 

Before I saw the movie, I shipped these two (b/c I’m a hopeless romantic who doesn’t think everyone NEEDS a man but DESERVES one!) As it is…now I still kinda ship it but with seedy dark psychological undertones O.o