Ben Dreyfuss

Ben Dreyfuss

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Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones. He's done some other stuff, too. You can email him at bdreyfuss@motherjones.com. But you don't have to. But you can. But you really don't have to. 

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President Obama sat down with Politico's Glenn Thrush for an interview about the 2016 election. He was effusive in his praise for Hillary Clinton. Here is what he said about Bernie Sanders:

But when I asked him if Sanders reminded him of himself in 2008, he quickly shot me down: “I don’t think that's true.”

Bern.

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"I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn't lose any voters, ok? It's, like, incredible." —Donald Trump, who is currently the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, insulting the intelligence of his own supporters.

Last night, Sen. Ted Cruz said some stupid things about "New York values" being a synonym for like money-grubbing, fame-hungry monsters. Donald Trump used the moment to go full "9/11" on Cruz and, at least to my aged eyes, the Princeton educated, Goldman Sachs spouse left the exchange the worse for it.

Anyway, the New York Daily News did its thing and went hard after Cruz with today's cover.

("Go back to Canada" is a reference to the fact that Cruz was born in Canada—though he is a naturally born American citizen by virtue of his mother's citizenship— and rings a bit birther for my taste, but c'est la vie.)

The NYDN isn't like some big Trump supporter either. Previous covers have lambasted the GOP front-runner.

Matt Lauer asked President Barack Obama if he could imagine Donald Trump giving a State of the Union address. His response:

"Well, I can imagine it in a Saturday Night [Live] skit."

Snap.

Obama also dismissed Trump's chances of winning the presidency.

"I'm pretty confident that the overwhelming majority of Americans are looking for the kind of politics that does feed our hopes and not our fears, that does work together and doesn't try to divide, that isn't looking for simplistic solutions and scapegoating but looks for us buckling down and figuring out, 'How do we make things work for the next generation?'"

The president went on to offer a preview of what will be his final State of the Union tonight: "Part of what I want to do in this last address is to remind people: You know what, we've got a lot of good things going for us, and if we can get our politics right, it turns out that we're not as divided on the ideological spectrum as people make us out to be."

He's right: America is in pretty good shape.

Watch:

People Are Freaking Out About Dogs Wearing Pants

In the days between Christmas and the New Year, much of the media world is in a silly state of pretend. A lot of people are nominally on the clock but have, in truth, sort of checked out. Anyway, because of that you get very silly posts like the one you are reading now, which is a write-up of a Business Insider write-up of a Reddit thread.

The internet—or those unlucky ducks on it this rainy December morning—is arguing about how dogs should wear pants.

 

So, look, the answer is obviously the one on the right.

Have a happy New Year.

(via @mayapologies)

Update 10:40am ET, Tuesday, December 29, 2015: Jared Keller at Maxim ran down the original creator of the image and has a nice post up examining how it came to tear the internet apart.

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