THE WHITE HOUSE PLAN TO GET A NOMINATION THROUGH Two words: public shame. Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said President Barack Obama should "get on with it." Senate Republicans are torn over a Supreme Court strategy while Mitch McConnell remains "silent." And The New York Times charts how the court could become much more liberal. [Sam Stein, HuffPost]
GOOGLE ONLY TECH GIANT TO STAND WITH APPLE SO FAR In its encryption fight with the FBI. [The Intercept]
OBAMA IS HEADED TO CUBA IN HISTORIC TRIP Bring us back some cigars. [NYT]
NBC/WSJ POLL: TED CRUZ LEADING DONALD TRUMP The poll is the first time Trump hasn't been the frontrunner since November, marking either a "dramatic shift -- or a dramatic outlier." [Janie Valencia, HuffPost]
NASA DECLARES JANUARY HOTTEST ON RECORD Can 2016 top 2015's "Hottest Year on Record" title? [Lydia O'Connor, HuffPost]
MICHELLE OBAMA: CHANGING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH "The veterans and service members who do struggle are not alone -- not by a long shot. In fact, roughly one in five adults -- more than 40 million Americans -- suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition like depression or anxiety." [Michelle Obama, HuffPost]
VOWING TO MOVE TO CANADA AFTER THE ELECTION? This website's got you covered. [Ed Mazza, HuffPost]
BAD NEWS, STARBUCKS LOVERS Your drink could have 25 teaspoons of sugar in it. [The Guardian]
REDDIT'S 'SUICIDE WATCH' "But while Reddit has a reputation for going bonkers on some threads, Suicide Watch has been refreshingly civil and supportive, and a lens into how social media can be utilized as a community tool for good." [New York Magazine]
HOW TO LOSE YOUR HOLLYWOOD FORTUNE GAMBLING ON HORSES Meet TV genius David Milch. [Hollywood Reporter]
DO YOU LIKE THE OSCARS, LEO AND OLD VIDEO GAMES? Meet "Leo's Red Carpet Rampage." [Red Carpet Rampage]
TURNS OUT THERE IS WOOD PULP IN YOUR PARMESAN CHEESE But it's not actual wood. [HuffPost]
APPLE'S FIGHT FOR CLEAN ENERGY "Apple has issued $1.5 billion in bonds dedicated to financing clean energy projects across its global business operations, the largest green bond to be issued by a U.S. corporation, the company's head of environmental policy said Wednesday." [HuffPost]
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BEFORE YOU GO
~ The racial groups at the highest risk of developing dementia.
~ When it's OK to say you're having a panic attack.
~ This hospital paid a $17,000 ransom to get its server back from hackers.
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~ How to cook pasta in 60 seconds (sort of).
~ It just got easier to add GIFs to Twitter.
~ The CDC is looking into a cluster of Palo Alto teenagers who have committed suicide.
~ Why that darn viral fruit math puzzle tricked us.
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~ At least 1 million people live underground in Beijing for the cheaper rent.
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