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  1. Tech

    Tonight’s State of the Union Will Have More Social Media, Probably More Statiness and Unionness as a Result*

    The White House is trying to punch up the State of the Union stream this year with added social media integration. You can tweet all of your nodding and incessant clapping right along with government officials, and you can Vine, Instagram, Tweet, and Facebook—the things hip, young voters like to do—your concerns in an online Q&A session afterwards.

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  2. Weird

    White House Wants America to Vote for Their Favorite Thanksgiving Turkey Because of Reasons

    Hey, remember when people still really liked voting for President Obama? The White House sure does. They're trying to capture the democratic magic once again, but since Obama's not up for re-election, they want you to vote for your favorite Thanksgiving turkey. Because there's nothing else that needs solving in America right now. Yup.

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  3. Tech

    The White House “We the People” Petition Site Gets a New API, Third-Party Sites and Apps Can Soon Host Petitions

    Since we're a geek culture site we tend to focus on the sillier "We the People" petitions like asking Obama to recreate The Incredibles, give each state its own Pokémon, or build a Death Star. We have a feeling we'll be seeing more of these, because the White House is opening up the site's API to let third-party outlets host petitions.

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  4. Weird

    Fox Allowed To Roam Freely On The White House Lawn Due To Government Shutdown

    Ever since the government first shut down, all of the White House groundskeepers have been forbidden from tending to the White House lawn or to Michelle Obama's famous Kitchen Garden. In their absence, a fox has taken up residence at the White House, and nobody can catch him because legally they're not allowed.

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  5. Science

    Check Out The Live Feed For the White House’s Google Hangout About Robots at 2pm

    In honor of Geek Week, the White House's We The Geek program will host a google hangout at 2pm E.S.T today about robots and science education. Plus everybody's favorite YA novelist-turned-vlogger John Green will be there, too! Party on.

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  6. Weird

    Here’s a Thing That Exists: White House Petition for Obama to Recreate Scene From The Incredibles

    As you can probably guess just by having basic knowledge of how humans on the internet behave, the White House's We The People website, which allows anyone to round up signatures and potentially secure a response from the U.S. government, is full of stupid joke petitions. The latest of these is a petition to have Barack and Michele Obama reenact the now-classic scene from The Incredibles in which Frozone begs his wife to find his super suit for him. Guys, come on. The man clearly has other stuff he should be worrying about.

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  7. Tech

    White House Takes on Patent Trolls, Promises Reform of Patent System

    The United States patent system is broken. Instead of its intended purpose of protecting inventors from having their ideas stolen, it's been turned into something used to stifle innovation. Today the White House announced a plan to reform the patent system, and to stop so-called Patent Trolls.

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  8. Space

    Bill Nye, Lori Garver and More Answer Your Asteroid Questions During Google Hangout This Afternoon

    Today, you've got a chance to get caught up on all the latest news and science on asteroids courtesy of We The Geeks, a Google Hangout presented by the White House. At 2pm EDT this afternoon, you can join Bill Nye, NASA's own Lori Garver, astronaut Ed Lu, IAU astronomer Jose Luis Galache and aspiring asteroid miner Peter Diamandis of Planetary Resources for a round table discussion on all things asteroids -- from how we could harvest them for minerals to what happens if we have to try and dodge one.

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  9. Tech

    There’s an Official White House Tumblr Now, Because Of Course

    I guess it was only a matter of time. The White House has slowly made itself completely and totally a part of the Internet by invading social media like Twitter, so it's not all that surprising that they'd branch out to engage with people in other ways. Still, an official White House Tumblr? Yeah, that's a thing that exists now.

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  10. Tech

    AP Twitter Account Hacked: President Fine, Stock Market Not So Much

    The Associated Press just got their Twitter account hacked, and the damage might have been done to your 401k. A tweet sent out from the account earlier this afternoon brought the thankfully fake news of a bombing at the White House in which the President was injured. Though the story was a fake, the repercussions of it are quite real, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average taking a 100 point hit in the moments following the fake tweet.

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  11. Tech

    White House Officially Agrees We Should Be Able to Unlock Our Phones

    When it's not wasting time answering demands to build a Death Star, the White House's We The People online petition site can actually be used to get real responses to legitimate concerns on issues facing Americans. Today, in response to a petition signed by over 114,000 people, the White House issued a response on the issue of it now being illegal to unlock cell phone. The response? They agree it should be legal, because of course it should.

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  12. Gaming

    President Obama Tells CDC to Investigate Link Between Video Games and Violence

    In an address this morning, President Obama outlined his plan to curb gun violence in America. That plan laid out 23 points, and included reinstating the ban on assault weapons, limiting magazines to 10 rounds, and ordering the Center for Disease Control to study a possible link between violence in video games and violence in the real world. We're interested in seeing what they come up with.

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  13. Weird

    The White House is Officially Sick of This Crap, Requires More Signatures for Petition Responses

    Since the Obama administration launched online petition site We The People in September 2011, the digital team at the White House has learned some valuable lessons about human behavior on the Internet -- namely, that if you offer people a forum for voicing their opinions on the Internet, they are mostly just going to troll you with demands for Death Stars and official state Pokemon and that they be allowed to go start their own country because they really don't like the way most people voted, which is how democracy works. While it's kind of disappointing that the digital team for the White House didn't apparently see this sort of thing coming -- you've seen the Internet before, right digital team? -- it seems like they're starting to get a handle on things, or at least stemming the tide of petitions that will require action. Yesterday, they announced that they are quadrupling the number of electronic signatures a petition needs to get to merit an official response from the government from 25,000 to 100,000.

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  14. Tech

    Anonymous Posts Petition for White House to Declare DDoS Attacks Protests, Not Crimes

    Yesterday we covered the White House's response to the petition asking them to build a working Death Star. Sometimes though, people try to use the government's We the People petition program to try to accomplish things that might be possible. Anonymous has posted a petition to the site asking that the US Government officially declare Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks to be a form of protest, and not a crime. This stands about as much of a chance as the government building a Death Star, and the response probably won't be nearly as funny.

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  15. Weird

    This Isn’t the Article on the White House’s Death Star Petition Response You’re Looking For

    As you may or may not be aware, there's a petition over on We the People, which is where folks post petitions to potentially receive an official response from the United State government, requesting that the Obama administration "[s]ecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016." Like, Star Wars Death Star. Ordinarily, this would just be an amusing blip on the radar, covered by our sister site The Mary Sue back in December. That was before Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, penned an official White House response to it.

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