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In which former Senator Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., dances Gangnam Style. The reason? He wants young people to become involved in a discussion about cutting the national debt. Does this video inspire you to become involved?

It’s finally Friday! Here’s a video to get you through the last stretch of this long week. —BdM

The perfect break from convention news. 

nationalsymphony:


“Giirrrlllll! He’s playing our jam!!!”

Don’t know about you all, but we’ll be watching this every hour, on the hour.

US Army Infantry Soldiers in Afghanistan cover “Call Me Maybe”

You are probably incredibly tired of “Call Me Maybe” covers. But this video is a little different than the others. According to the YouTube description, it is performed by US Army Infantry Soldiers in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. And it looks like they had a lot of fun with it. 

It’s time for a history lesson!

The video above, produced by the Works Progress Administration, shows a day in the life of the capital in 1936, a city that the narrator says had “again become a war capital,” fighting ”a battle to put men to work.” It’s a concern not so different from the debates of Washington today.

Taking a break from political news to solve a newsroom conflict:

Was just informed that our video producer, Barrett Pitner, was in an episode of “In the Heat of the Night.” We’re now having a debt as to whether or not he was the most adorable baby ever. Please help us determine by fast forwarding to 3:50 and 7:18 to see the little boy in the striped shirt. We are open to other possibilities, but it looks like baby Barrett is winning.

"The cost of peat moss is through the thatched roof!" <— Must watch. 
motherjones:

What if Game of Thrones had super-PACs? We looked into it.
Also, we’re pretty sure this is the first time “Twincest!” has appeared on the front page of MoJo.

"The cost of peat moss is through the thatched roof!" <— Must watch. 

motherjones:

What if Game of Thrones had super-PACs? We looked into it.

Also, we’re pretty sure this is the first time “Twincest!” has appeared on the front page of MoJo.

restorationcalls:

“Politics are weird. And creepy.”

Join late night in laughing at politics. Don’t worry if you become incredibly confused at that 0:29 mark. So did we. 

Here’s your Play of the Day.