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January 5, 2017

Fox News host Tucker Carlson tried for nearly 10 minutes Wednesday night on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight to get Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) to admit that ObamaCare really isn't that great. Though Himes conceded that the public "has never fully embraced" President Obama's signature health care plan, the Democratic congressman adamantly defended the elements of it that have been successful — like the increase in coverage rates and the fact that kids can now stay on their parents' plan until they're 26 years old. "If you list the five or six things that are core to ObamaCare, people love it," Himes said. "The problem is, of course, for seven years they've been told it's evil."

But Carlson wasn't about to believe that "people don't love it because they've been lied to" by Republicans. "You're saying that the public loves ObamaCare, but you're also conceding that they don't actually love ObamaCare because it's never really gotten above 50 percent [approval]. A law that has transformed the life of every person in the country that does not have majority support nationally, that itself is a failure, isn't it?" Carlson said. Himes pointed out some states that haven't expanded Medicaid, which means some people have yet to reap the health care plan's benefits, and that public perception — especially around something as "complicated" as health care — will naturally fluctuate.

Neither ends up budging, with the conversation eventually veering into whether Carlson's 22-year-old son should really have to pay for maternity care. Watch the argument unfold below. Becca Stanek

September 16, 2016

Megyn Kelly wasn't about to let Donald Trump's spokeswoman Katrina Pierson evade questions about birtherism during a Thursday night interview on The Kelly File. "Why for the love of God won't he just say that Barack Obama was born in the United States?" Kelly asked Pierson.

Pierson initially tried to answer the question by claiming Trump is not "some robotic politician" who will allow the media to "determine what he talks about and when," which is why he's dodged talking about his campaign's announcement that he now believes Obama was born in the U.S. "Barack Obama is not on the ballot, and not even relevant to this election cycle," Pierson said.

But Kelly wasn't ready to back down just yet. "Katrina, no, that's not gonna fly," Kelly said. "Does he believe it or not? It's not completely irrelevant. You have a lot of people — in particular African-Americans — who feel that that position was a racist position meant to delegitimize the president."

Pierson responded by pointing out Trump is "pushing on 30 percent African-American support" in a South Carolina poll, prompting Kelly to push back once again. "That's a dodge," Kelly said.

Watch the entirety of the heated discussion, below. Becca Stanek

May 30, 2015

Rebekah Aversano's brother was struck by a minivan and killed three years ago, when he was 21. Aversano's Maryland family donated Joshua's face to Richard Norris, who received a transplant in 2012 for the teeth, jaw, tongue muscles, and nerves after being severely disfigured in a years-old shooting accident, The Guardian reports. The risky procedure took the University of Maryland team 36 hours.

When Aversano met Norris, a 39-year-old from Virginia, she asked permission to stroke his face.

"Wow, this is the face I grew up with," she said.

The 60 Minutes Australia trailer for the meeting is surreal. Julie Kliegman

April 9, 2015

Nicolas Cage has an Oscar. He has millions of dollars. He has fame, both in the traditional sense and on the Internet. But there's one thing Nic Cage doesn't have: A world record-shattering mosaic of his face plastered across Canada.

That could change if an enterprising Canadian artist, Thom Malone, raises 52,000 Canadian dollars (roughly $41,350) through Kickstarter to print and install the largest photo mosaic ever. Malone's plan is to gather 180,000 photos from donors and then arrange them into a massive installation of the actor's face. (The current record-holding image included 176,750 photos.) Though it sounds far fetched, Malone insisted in an interview with the CBC his campaign is real and that he truly considers Cage a national treasure who is "in on the joke of Nicolas Cage."

"If aliens were to ever come to earth, they would need to know who our ambassador is," Malone wrote on Kickstarter. "How best to show aliens that we want peace, but also not to mess with us than with a giant mosaic made up of a million faces to create one giant Nicolas Cage face?" Jon Terbush

February 22, 2015

The NHL Stadium Series came to San Francisco's Levi's Stadium Saturday night for an outdoor match between the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks. Home to the 49ers, the 68,500-seat stadium — which can hold a capacity crowd just north of 70,000 — made for a chillingly cavernous hockey venue, even if the game time temperature was a balmy 57 degrees. —Jon Terbush

January 14, 2015

On Tuesday night, cable news host Nancy Grace and rapper 2 Chainz had a polite discussion about legalizing marijuana, with both calmly sharing their opinion and even coming together in agreement a few times.

Just kidding! Grace was actually at her fearmongering best, sharing stories about parents who gave their toddlers weed and begging 2 Chainz to please think about the children. 2 Chainz was able to get in a few rebuttals and asked Grace not to "use these stories to define everyone who has recreationally used." But for each response he would give, Grace would quickly roll footage of a kid getting high.

That was perhaps the most interesting part of the segment — Grace comes down extremely hard on anyone who has ever smoked pot, thought about smoking pot, Googled pot, or cooked with a pot, yet she ran several minutes worth of video showing people toking up, making her anti-drug PSA feel more like a how-to guide. --Catherine Garcia

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