May 29, 2019

Freedom is heating your home, fueling your stove, and, every so often, powering your cars.

Of course by freedom, we mean liquefied natural gas, because the Department of Energy has apparently decided the two unrelated words are now synonyms. The new dictionary entry can be found in a Tuesday DOE press release about natural gas exports, and, as any new definition should, provides multiple examples of how to use "freedom" in a sentence.

With its Tuesday announcement, the DOE officially okayed additional shipments of natural gas to American allies out of Quintana Island, Texas. Those exports are "critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world" and "giving America's allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy," as Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes put it in the release. Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg, meanwhile, praised the DOE for letting "molecules of U.S. freedom" traverse the globe.

It's unclear why the DOE is making such a bold change to a term that has been widely accepted for decades. But at least we're all clear that this new terminology isn't what humans experience after eating too many freedom fries. Kathryn Krawczyk

March 18, 2016

Behold, a truly American moment: This morning at the U.S. National Arboretum in the nation's capital, a bald eagle, America's national bird, began to hatch. A live eagle-cam captured the fuzzy eaglet as it started to emerge from its egg Friday morning around 8 a.m.

This marks the second bald eagle born to the eagles dubbed Mr. President and The First Lady in Washington, D.C.'s arboretum. The eagles are the first to set up a nest in the location since 1947.

A third eaglet is expected to hatch in the next few days, so keep your eyes on the webcam here. But, American Eagle Foundation says, do be warned: "This is a wild eagle nest and anything can happen." Becca Stanek

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