1 year ago today, one of the deadliest tornadoes in the country’s history  ravaged the town of Joplin, Missouri killing 161 residents in 32 minutes. 

Some facts on the recovery:

  • Nearly 50,000 volunteers came to help Joplin recover and rebuild.
  • 1,000 dresses were donated for the high school prom, as well as 1,500 cupcakes baked by a woman whose home and bakery were lost to the twister.
  • A 9-year old boy raised $360 by coordinating a car wash for relief efforts. 

Read more about the link between tornadoes and climate change.

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NBC/WSJ poll: Obama, Romney locked in tight contest

The poll shows President Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney by four points among registered voters, 47 percent to 43 percent. In April, Obama’s edge in the survey was two points higher, 49 percent to 43 percent. - NBC News

Photo: Mitt Romney speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Hillsborough, N.H., May 18, 2012. (Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters)

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Hahahahaha oh Romney…you…

(via political-cartoons)

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Just in case you missed it: 

The New York Times front page: May 2, 2003 v. May 2, 2011
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That is… the best thing I have seen today.

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Hey Girl It’s Paul Ryan is apparently a thing…

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CNN’s blog “Political Ticker” covered a Virginia fundraiser where Bill Clinton and President Obama met to get the party started.

While they were there, they of course raked in some cash. Tickets alone for just the reception were $1000 (that’s more than some of the scholarships I won) and for the White House dinner following, tickets “were $20,000 a person” according to CNN. 

CNN also says there are plans for two more fund-raisers where both Clinton and Obama will be present. Based on the attendance from this past event, the duo could raise over 1.6 million dollars at each one.  Think of all the Jimmy Choo’s you could buy with that!

Clinton, as quoted by CNN, told those at the reception that Obama has “got an opponent who basically wants to do what they did before – on steroids… Which will get you the same consequences you got before, on steroids.”

I see what’s going on here.

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Happy Birthday Willie Nelson!

“When I was in trouble in the White House or when I wanted to have some deep thoughts, I had a very high quality hi-fi player, and the number one thing I played was Willie Nelson songs.  All the good things I did as a president, all the mistakes I made — you can blame half of that on Willie.”

-Jimmy Carter in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine

President Carter on stage at a performance by country western singer, Willie Nelson at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.  September 13, 1980.  The two remain friends today.

-from the Carter Library

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