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This Photo Of A Little Girl Staring At Michelle Obama's Portrait Will Give You Chills

Source: BuzzFeed

The picture was taken by Ben Hines, a 37-year-old North Carolina resident who was visiting DC to see his mom, Donna.


Ben told BuzzFeed News the little girl and her family were standing in front of them in line to view the portrait.

He said the unidentified girl was excited and full of energy. As her mom tried to get her to turn around to face her for a picture, he said the girl would not cooperate and just wanted to stare at the painting.

"It was so touching and uplifting for me to see this beautiful child looking at a beautiful portrait of a powerful woman," Ben told BuzzFeed News. "I was so delighted to have been in the right place at the right time."


"It's hard to describe in words," Donna said. "She had such wonder on her face and her entire body just stopped as she looked at her, and she had this wonder that was silent and yet seemed to be saying something very big at the same time."

So who is the little girl? Meet 2-year-old Parker Curry.

Jessica said Parker knows that Michelle Obama is a former first lady who used to live in the White House.

"I didn't realize it would be so moving to so many people," she said of the incredible response to the images.

"In the world we live in today, I'm just trying to raise a little girl who has opportunities to see women who look like her doing great things," Jessica said.

Read more (images via CNN): https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/little-girl-michelle-obama-portrait

I have seen the picture posted here, but did not read the backstory/reaction from the artist until today. It makes the moment all that more special.

This ad aired on Fox and Friends yesterday morning before Trump started tweeting (vid. tweet)


Canine war heroes mistreated by U.S. Army: Pentagon report

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - They made up a corps of bomb-sniffing dogs that accompanied brigade combat teams on potentially lethal missions, sniffing out roadside bombs in Afghanistan and saving human lives.

In return for their combat service, the U.S. Army mistreated these canine heroes when they were discharged from the military, the Defense Department’s Inspector General’s Office said in a report issued on March 1.

An investigation was started after soldiers who had handled the dogs complained about the fate of their four-legged saviors.

Army personnel who handled them said that once the dogs returned to the United States, some were left in kennels for up to 11 months, mistreated through lack of care and attention, and others may have been put down, according to the report. No screening was done of people who wanted to adopt the dogs.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-dogs/canine-war-heroes-mistreated-by-u-s-army-pentagon-report-idUSKCN1GE30M?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

Trump picks Dow Chemical lawyer for key role at EPA

Source: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday tapped a chemical industry insider to run the Environmental Protection Agency office that oversees emergency response to hazardous spills and cleanups of the nation’s most toxic sites.

The White House announced that Trump has nominated Peter C. Wright to serve as EPA’s assistant administrator for Land and Emergency Management. Wright has worked as a corporate lawyer at Dow Chemical Co. since 1999.

Despite Trump’s campaign pledges to “drain the swamp” in Washington, Wright’s nomination is the latest example of the president appointing corporate lawyers or lobbyists to supervise federal offices that directly regulate their former employers.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Wright is “exceptionally qualified” to lead the Office of Land and Emergency Management.

Read more: https://apnews.com/cf2a6a09bfe3455cb40bc5ed858345ae

I Heard it Round and Round the Grapevine (Ratt-Marvin Gaye mashup):

UCLA players' release from China secured before Trump got involved: report

Source: The Hill

President Trump reportedly had less impact than he claimed on the release of three UCLA basketball players detained in China last year, according to a new report Friday.

LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were arrested and detained on shoplifting charges in November while in China for a game.

Trump took credit for intervening and negotiating the players’ release, but a new report from ESPN finds that the charges had been dropped and the players’ passports returned two days before the White House told them it was involved.

A source told ESPN that the players' return flights were already secured by the time White House chief of staff John Kelly called to tell the players that the White House was getting involved.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/376497-ucla-players-release-from-china-was-already-secured-before-trump-got

Coach fired for rejecting baseball prospect due to Colo. marijuana laws: Thank your liberal politic

Source: The Hill

“In the past, players have had trouble passing out drug test,” Jeffcoat wrote. “We have made a decision to not take a chance on student-athletes from your state. You can thank your liberal politicians.”


The university said Thursday that Jeffcoat had been fired over the email, according to Fox 4 News.

President Frederick Slabach said there are student athletes on other teams from Colorado and the school would not discriminate based on geographic location or political ideology.

"I want to make sure he knows that the comments contained in that email absolutely do not express the values of this university, and we would love to have Gavin here as a student," Slabach told Fox 4.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/376499-coach-fired-for-rejecting-baseball-prospect-due-to-colorado

NPR/Ipsos poll: Majority of Americans support policies aimed to keep guns out of hands of dangerous

Source: Ipsos

Washington, DC, February 28, 2018 — In light of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Ipsos has partnered with NPR to study American perspectives on guns, following up on an NPR/Ipsos poll on the same issue conducted October of 2017. Recent events have not changed Americans’ support for the Second Amendment, with 74 percent saying they have no problem with people owning guns (unchanged from October). However, crime or gun violence is now one of the most worrying problems in America, up 10 percentage points from October (from 27% to 37%); it is the single top issue of concern for both Democrats and Independents. However, after mass casualty events, concerns around gun violence and crime often surge, and it will be important to continue measuring the importance of this issue over time.

Three-quarters of Americans now think gun laws should be more strict than they are today, up seven points from last fall. Vast majorities of Americans continue to support banning firearm attachments, or bump stocks, that allow rifles to rapidly fire similar to an automatic weapon (81%), banning high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds (73%), and banning assault-style weapons (72%). Nearly all Americans (94%) support requiring background checks for all gun buyers, and more than 8 in 10 (82%) favor raising the legal age to purchase a gun to 21. However, most Americans (59%) oppose training teachers to carry guns in schools and see it as the least effective way to reduce gun violence in schools.

Read more: https://www.ipsos.com/en-us/npripsos-poll-majority-americans-support-policies-aimed-keep-guns-out-hands-dangerous-individuals

Trump tweets: 'Trade wars are good, and easy to win'

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day after announcing steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that“trade wars are good, and easy to win”.

Trump said on Thursday that the United States would apply duties of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum to protect U.S. producers, although White House officials later said some details still needed to be ironed out.

“When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win,” Trump’s tweet read.“Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”

Fears of an escalating trade war triggered selloffs on Wall Street and in Asia and Europe, hitting the share prices of steelmakers and manufacturers supplying U.S. markets particularly hard.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-trump/trump-tweets-trade-wars-are-good-and-easy-to-win-idUSKCN1GE1E9?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a9935c304d3014498e7867b&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter


Donald Trump attacks 'Alex' Baldwin on Twitter over impersonation

Source: ABC News

The president woke up with Alec Baldwin on his mind -- and let the world know about it. Well, he let "Alex Baldwin" know about it anyway.

Donald Trump took to Twitter at 5:42 a.m. to fire off a tweet attacking the left-leaning actor for his portrayal of Trump on "Saturday Night Live." Baldwin had said on Thursday in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that it was "agony" to portray the president.

"Every time I do it now, it's like agony. Agony. I can't," Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter.

Trump was not amused -- and not good at spelling so early in the morning. He tweeted about Baldwin's "dieing" career and misspelled his name as "Alex." It's unclear if the president was being sarcastic on the latter.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-attacks-alex-baldwin-twitter-impersonation/story?id=53459224&cid=social_twitter_abcn
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