Normcore? More Like “Momcore”

The Thursday Styles section of the New York Times last week contained a big bloomingarticle on the fashion trend known as “normcore,” which the article helpfully defined in the following way:

 A fashion movement, c. 2014, in which scruffy  young urbanites swear off the tired street-style clichés of the last decade — skinny jeans, wallet chains, flannel shirts — in favor of a less-ironic (but still pretty ironic) embrace of bland, suburban anti-fashion attire. (See Jeans, mom. Sneakers, white.)

Accompanying the article were a lot of photos of my clothes. Specifically, there were Nike sneakers, cargo shorts, t-shirts, a hoodie from a random college, Champion sweatpants … Well, hello, old friends!

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President Obama Appears on ‘Between Two Ferns’ Comedy Web Series


Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis is a comedy interview show on the website Funny or Die. It’s essentially Galifianakis’ humor distilled: A weird, combative talk show that has the feel of bad public access. It’s also frequently hilarious, with Galifianakis chatting up guests like James Franco, Bruce Willis and Justin Bieber.

And, this morning, President Barack Obama.

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Philadelphia Nonprofit Joins Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative

Today President Obama will announce plans for My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative aimed at helping young African-American and Hispanic men. KYW 1060′s Cherri Gregg notes a local nonprofit is involved in the effort.

BMe Community CEO Trabian Shorters will be in Washington today for the launch of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which will bring together non-profits and for-profit organizations to test strategies for helping young men of color overcome negative statistics. Men and boys of color are disproportionately more likely to drop out of school, be victims of homicide or to go to prison, but these stats do not tell the full story of this population.

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State of the Union: Is Obama Failing Millennials?


Twitter was aflutter with thoughts and quippy one-liners in response to the president’s State of the Union Address last night. Most reactions seemed to be from the Millennial set, who are roundly dismissed as aimless and entitled, despite their heavy engagement in political and social issues.

What resonated most on social media was his verbalized focus on action and his readiness to flex on congress to get things done before the end of his term.  It’s the change many have been waiting for. President Obama delivered his address during the most economically stable period of his two terms, while at his lowest approval rating (43 percent) since taking office.

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President Obama’s NSA Policy Is Based on Shadows and Fairy Tales

Ahead of President Obama‘s NSA speech today, detailing how he’ll try to balance American security with American civil liberties in the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, the New York Times on Thursday carried a story detailing how the president had gone from civil liberties crusader to a warmed-over version of George W. Bush.

What changed? The president’s perspective. Why? Because he suddenly became viscerally aware of all the threats arrayed against America.

And how did he become aware?

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PA Gets Big Race to the Top Grant

The third installment of Barack Obama’s much-lauded/much-reviled education reform initiative, Race to the Top, focuses on early education. States that show progress in reform, as deemed by Sec. Education Arne Duncan and co., get money. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and four others are today’s big winners. PA gets $51.4 million.

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Can Everybody Please Shut Up About The Obama Funeral Selfie?


It happened on Tuesday. One day before the Fake Sign Language Interpreter Scandal broke, United States President Barack Obama put on the Classic Overbite Selfie Face for a photo with some mobile-phone-wielding blonde (who happened to be Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt) and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a photo that has now become known as the Obama Funeral Selfie and has inspired the Great Obama Funeral Selfie Scandal of 2013, otherwise known as Selfie-gate. Read more »

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