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4th Of July Things You'll Rethink On The 5th Of July

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 2, 2015 | Comedy
It's the day after that you might remember the most. We all look forward to having a great time on the 4th of July. But what we don't look forward to is the day after, when perhaps we're feeling an enormous amount of regret for things that transpired on our...

White House Fence Jumper Sentenced To Jail

Reuters | Marina Fang | July 2, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) - A man arrested for scaling the White House fence in October was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to time served in jail and a year of supervised release, prosecutors said. Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, pleaded guilty in April to a charge...

The Story Of The High Schooler Who Got A B- For Designing The Current American Flag

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | July 2, 2015 | Arts
For the 4th of July, here's the little-known story of a kid, his impossible teacher, and our glorious 50-star flag. In 1958, a 17-year-old Bob Heft set out to complete an open-ended assignment for his American History class in Lancaster, Ohio. "Like a science fair" project, he would later explain, students could make whatever they wanted. To hear him speak about it, it's clear Heft has told this tale countless times. Inspired by the Betsy Ross story -- legend has it, the seamstress was called upon by George Washington himself to design the flag during the Revolutionary War -- Heft set about ambitiously making his own. At the time, there were only 48 states in the union. But, working off a hunch that Alaska and Hawaii would soon join, Heft added an extra couple stars. The teacher was unimpressed. "He said, 'Why you got too many stars? You don't even know how many states we have,'" Heft recalled. (Harsh, teach.) He earned a B- for his efforts -- which involved dissecting a 48-star flag his parents had received as a wedding gift and sewing it back together himself with knowledge he'd gleaned by watching his mother. The whole process had taken over 12 hours, he later told The Houston Chronicle. He'd even asked his grandmother to help, but she'd refused, upset that he'd ruined a perfectly good flag. Bob Heft spins a yarn. "Now, a B-minus ain't that bad of a grade," Heft admitted. "However, a friend of mine, Jim, he'd picked up five leaves off the ground -- he's taping these leaves down to the notebook and labeling them elm, hickory, maple -- and the teacher gave him the grade of an A. I was really -- I was upset." An A for leaves taped to paper, and a B- for a hand-sewn emblem of our great nation. The teacher -- who, at this point, may have simply had it out for young Bob Heft -- said he'd bump up the grade if the U.S. government officially adopted his design. The sheer indignity of it all gave Heft the momentum he needed. In August 1959, 21 letters and 18 phone calls later -- not to his parents' great pleasure upon seeing their phone bill -- Heft got a call from then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, inviting Heft to see his creation hoisted up the flagpole. But Heft was working and didn't know if his boss would let him take a quick vacation. So, to his boss' horror, he put the president on hold. (It all worked out, of course.) On July 4, 1960, the 50-star flag was officially raised over Fort McHenry in Maryland, with Heft standing proudly by. True to his word, Heft's teacher gave him that hard-sought A. Bob Heft later become a teacher himself. He kept a brisk schedule of motivational speaking engagements -- over 200 in his last year -- and died in December 2009. At the time of his death, his school project was safely tucked away in storage. Happy 4th! Eisenhower shows off the new 50-star design in August 1959....

Jim Webb Announces He's Running For President In 2016

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | July 2, 2015 | Politics
Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) announced Thursday he's running for president in 2016. In an email to supporters, Webb said he understands the odds of a presidential run, citing the billions of dollars that go toward candidates each year. "We need to shake the hold of these shadow...

Jon Stewart Wanted Names Of 9/11 Bill Opponents. Here They Are.

Michael McAuliff | July 2, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- With the health treatment program for 9/11 responders set to expire this fall and Congress moving slowly to reauthorize it, Jon Stewart demanded to know on his show Wednesday night who is responsible for all that "bullshit." It turns out, there's an app for that. A 9/11 advocacy...

If Presidential Candidates' Pinterest Pages Were Honest

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 2, 2015 | Comedy
DIY honesty. The Internet landscape has transformed so much since we last changed presidents. These days, babies exit the womb with Pinterest followers. (Though all their pics are all really dark -- super annoying, babies, just FYI.) It only makes sense that the next president of the United States be...

Wasabi, A Therapy Tortoise Who Wears A Dress, Has A Tough Shell But A Cuddly Inside

Arin Greenwood | July 2, 2015 | Good News
You may wonder: What makes a 42-pound African spur tortoise well-suited for work as a therapy pet? In part, the same qualities that you'd look for in a therapy dog or cat or rabbit, like being calm and friendly, and pretty impervious to outside stimuli. Wasabi the therapy tortoise...

Catch These 9 Patriotic Movies On Netflix This 4th Of July

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | July 2, 2015 | Entertainment
What should you watch on Netflix this weekend?

No Evidence Of Gunshots Found After Reports Of Active Shooter At D.C. Navy Yard

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | July 2, 2015 | Crime
D.C. and Navy officials said no injuries or evidence of gunshots were found, after a report of possible gunshots at the Navy Yard in southeast Washington, D.C., brought troves of law enforcement to the area Thursday morning. "There are no signs of a shooting, a shooter, or victims," the

Comedian Kurt Braunohler Is Driving A Giant Butt Across The Country, Because America Needs This

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 1, 2015 | Comedy
We're not trying to be cheeky here, but grab a seat, and we'll get to the bottom of this. Kurt Braunohler -- comedian, skywriter and jet skier -- is hauling a giant paper-mache butt on the back end of his truck trailer. He's hightailing it across...

21 First-Date Horror Stories To Remind You That Romance Is Dead

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | July 1, 2015 | Women
Looking for love often puts people in weird, awkward and sometimes downright scary situations. While online dating, apps and nosy matchmaking mothers make it easier than ever to match up with hot singles in your area™, they also up the chances for first date disasters. We...

25 July 4th Ideas For The Best Independence Day Party Ever

The Huffington Post | Katelyn Mullen | July 1, 2015 | HuffPost Home
Fire up the grill, hide the fireworks and get ready to party.

Donald Trump Backlash Reveals The Cost Of Populism When Running For Office

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | July 1, 2015 | UK Politics
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump has spent a week mired in a crisis of his own making. The billionaire property tycoon has been besieged by criticism over comments he made on June 16 during his 2016 campaign announcement in New York in which he referred to Mexicans as...

Baltimore To Put Cameras In Police Vans, Review Riot Gear

Reuters | Reuters | July 1, 2015 | Politics
By Donna Owens BALTIMORE, July 1 (Reuters) - Cameras that can record will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. She said the cameras were among steps the city was taking after protests and...

Here Are Some Of The First White House Tour Photos

The Huffington Post | Chris McGonigal | July 1, 2015 | Politics
First lady Michelle Obama announced Thursday the White House was ending its ban on photos during tours. Starting July 1, White House visitors are being encouraged to snap pictures of the historic residence and share them on social media with the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour. Take a look at some...

TSA Spokesperson Tweets Photo Of '$75,000' In Luggage, Internet Gets Angry

Carly Ledbetter | July 1, 2015 | Travel
So much for privacy anymore.

You Can Finally Take As Many Photos As You Want While On A White House Tour

Paige Lavender | July 1, 2015 | Politics
Cameras are no longer banned on White House tours. First lady Michelle Obama announced an end to the ban on Instagram Wednesday:

Girl Scouts Camp Out On White House Lawn... Until Rain Forces Them Inside

Jade Walker | July 1, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some lucky Girl Scouts were set for the ultimate camping experience Tuesday: an overnight in tents pitched on the White House South Lawn. Until late-night rain and thunder washed out the campout. It was the first time that one of the country's most well-known expanses of manicured...

New York Pride Revelers Reveal How Long It Will Take For America To Elect An Openly Gay President

Paul Vale | July 1, 2015 | UK
NEW YORK -- Despite opposition from religious groups and presidential candidates to Friday’s judgement on same-sex marriage by the Supreme Court, states across the US have quickly fallen into line with the ruling. Even the conservative bastions of Louisiana and Mississippi, which had initially baulked...

LGBT Immigrant Rights Protesters Arrested Near White House

Jacob Kerr | July 1, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Six LGBT immigrant rights activists were arrested Tuesday after blocking a street near the White House to protest the Obama administration's treatment of LGBT immigrants in detention. Protesters, organized by advocacy group United We Dream, took turns criticizing Obama administration detention policies as some participants...
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