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June 19, 2018

It's June 19, and you know what that means: It is Garfield's birthday. But not "President Garfield," as then-Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) told the House during a charming floor speech 15 years ago, "but probably someone more famous in this day and age than that. A large, orange, slovenly, lazy cat born in the mind of an Indiana native by the name of Jim Davis."

Standing with a poster featuring a cartoon Garfield bursting out of a chocolate cake, Pence told his colleagues that "it's said people relate to Garfield because Garfield in many ways is them." The man who would one day be vice president of the United States observed that Garfield "loves TV and hates Mondays, he'd rather pig out than work out — in fact, his passion for food and sleep is matched only by his aversion to diet and exercise. A cat after my own heart."

Watch Pence's adorable tribute to Garfield here, or below beginning at 8:17:14. Jeva Lange

August 23, 2017

Morning Joe aired exclusive excerpts from Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir about the 2016 campaign, What Happened, on Wednesday, including one passage about her desire to turn to Donald Trump during the second presidential debate and demand, "Back up you creep, get away from me."

Trump caught viewers' attention in October 2016 for looming behind Clinton throughout the debate. "Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women," Clinton writes. "Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled."

"Well, what would you do?" Clinton asks in her memoir. "Do you stay calm, keep smiling, and carry on as if he weren't repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly: 'Back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can't intimidate me, so back up.'"

Clinton adds that her memoir is intended to "pull back the curtain on an experience that was exhilarating, joyful, infuriating, and just plain humbling." It is due out on Sept. 12. Listen to more of the excerpts on Morning Joe. Jeva Lange

March 23, 2017

Today in tweets that have not aged particularly well:

The Congressional Budget Office expects 24 million more Americans will be uninsured by 2026 under the Republican health-care bill, the American Health Care Act. The House is expected to vote on the bill tonight. Jeva Lange

March 23, 2017

Rewind seven years, and you will find yourself smack dab in the middle of … a gigantic health-care battle between Republicans and Democrats. But if that doesn't give you a case of déjà vu, then-House Minority Leader John Boehner's red-faced hollering about backroom deals and sweeteners in 2010 might — only in 2017, it's the Democrats who are crying foul about Republicans' sneaky tactics. What's more, Boehner's speech was delivered after a year of heath-care debates, whereas the House's vote today comes after just a month of deliberation.

"Look at how this bill was written," Boehner roared in March 2010. "Can you say it was done openly? With transparency and accountability? Without backroom deals struck behind closed doors, hidden from the people? Hell no you can't!"

Sound familiar? Soak up the uncomfortable irony below. Jeva Lange

June 23, 2016
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Depending on how you look at it, Donald Trump was either a rambunctious child or an all-out bully. In a series of interviews with his childhood friends and teachers, young Trump was described as falling into the crowd of boys "who pulled girls' hair, passed notes, and talked out of turn," The Washington Post reports. In fact, Trump ended up in detention so often that his friends nicknamed the punishment "D.T." — his initials.

In his neighborhood, Donald and his friends were known to ride their bikes and "shout and curse very loudly," said Steve Nachtigall, who lived nearby. Nachtigall said he once saw them jump off their bikes and beat up another boy.

"It's kind of like a little video snippet that remains in my brain because I think it was so unusual and terrifying at that age," recalled Nachtigall, 66, a doctor in New Jersey. "He was a loudmouth bully." [The Washington Post]

In another story, this one told by Trump himself, young Donny hit his second-grade music teacher because "I didn't think he knew anything about music." None of Trump's friends remembered the story, and his music teacher, Charles Walker, denied ever being smacked. Walker could still confirm at least one thing: "When that kid was 10, even then he was a little s---," Walker reportedly told his son.

The Washington Post has dozens more anecdotes that could confirm Trump's own suggestion that "when I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I'm basically the same. The temperament is not that different." Read them all here. Jeva Lange

July 16, 2015

Paul Rudd has been friends with fellow actor Adam Scott since he was in his early 20s, Rudd told Seth Meyers on Wednesday's Late Night, but he has known Jon Hamm even longer. And their relationship wasn't always friendly. When Hamm was in high school in St. Louis, Rudd was a college freshman in Kansas City, and he was dating a St. Louis girl, Sarah, that Hamm had dated previously, Rudd explained. "We both kind of liked the same girl, so I was not so crazy about Jon."

Even back then, Hamm "was great at everything," Rudd said, including Trivial Pursuit. Watch below to hear about the "emasculating" time he and Sarah matched trivia skills against Hamm and Sarah's brother, Preston, and learn how he and Hamm eventually became friends. (To understand the "Mall Blubb" joke, watch this.) Peter Weber

May 4, 2015

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is running for president. This will be her second bid for office — in 2010, she tried and failed to win a Senate seat in California. And in the process, she released one of the most blissfully bad campaign ads in recent memory.

Watch it if you haven't. Watch it again if you have. It's that good. And bad.

The gist of the video is that Fiorina's primary opponent Tom Campbell (whom she eventually crushed by nearly 35 percentage points) is a "fiscal conservative in name only" — a wolf in sheep's clothing, if you will. But he's not actually a wolf in sheep's clothing. He's a glowing-eyed "demon sheep," as Rachel Slajda perfectly dubbed it.

The demon sheep shows up around the 2:25 mark. But really, watch the whole thing. It's great.

Fiorina went on to lose the general election to Democrat Barbara Boxer. Ben Frumin

March 6, 2015

Sometimes you forget how deep Saturday Night Live's roots spread through American comedy. Conan O'Brien was a writer at SNL when a 23-year-old Adam Sandler joined the cast in 1990. On Thursday night's Conan, O'Brien asked if Sandler remembered those days, and Sandler mostly recalled being cocky, telling Lorne Michaels that he was going to be "the next Eddie Murphy," and a memorable staff dinner with actor Michael Keaton.

Then Sandler took over the questioning. "Hey Conan, do you remember [Chris] Farley's order when we would go out?" Conan remembered: "Chris Farley loved to eat, to a degree I've never seen since, by any human being." Sandler's recounting of his late friend's dining-out habits is still pretty shocking, and yet there's something kind of touching in watching him describe it. Watch below. —Peter Weber