Thursday's news to know
"Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate, but Congress gonna vape vape vape vape vape," tweets The Daily Dot's Aaron Sankin of the oh-so-very-Gawker headline of "Oh My God, A U.S. Congressman Just Vaped While Legislating" (at 4,000+ shares right now). "Just when you think you'd given up on American politicians, cool bro Rep from Cali vapes in a hearing," explains Fusion's Cristina Costantini. "Let music swell the breeze And ring from all the trees Sweet freedom's song," quips Alex Pareene. Sam Biddle concludes, "jesus there’s no going back from this moment." CSP Magazine's Mitch Morrison wonders, "can this product bring Republicans and Democrats together." Still, Washington Post's Philip Bump is not impressed: "Would you like to see the least cool thing that has ever happened?"
Okay, here's something that should impress even him: physicists just detected the existence of gravitational waves, proving once and for all that Einstein was right. "Even when he's dead he's right," realizes Andrew Cohen at CBS News. "Physicists have recorded the sound of two black holes colliding. There is music in the stars, just like in Phoenix!" concludes The Guardian's SF Said. Also, Caity Weaver got to ask Justin Bieber about his health, love life, and whether he's truly "sorry." Weaver tweets, "God bless Justin Bieber for answering every single question I asked about his monkey. Truly." And this just in: the Clinton Foundation received a subpoena from State Department investigators, who are seeking documents about the charity's projects that may have required approval from the federal government during Hillary Clinton's term as secretary of state. And the last remaining Oregon occupiers just surrendered to authorities, ending the refuge siege (2,500+ shares).