Hot mic/camera footage of Nixon joking around moments before resigning

On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon delivered his resignation speech to the American public. Moments before this historical event, he was calmly joking around with the TV crew as if this was just any other presser. And then....

"...I have felt it was my duty to persevere, to make every possible effort to complete the term of office to which you elected me. In the past few days, however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a strong enough political base in the Congress to justify continuing that effort."

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Donald Trump sadly mistaken about delivering the most-watched State of the Union in history

On Twitter this fine February morning, the President of the United States claimed that his State of the Union speech, watched by 46 million people, was seen by "the highest number in history."

Though this is a fine haul, outstripping the yawners of Obama's late presidency, it's far from the winner. In fact, it wasn't even as popular as the "unofficial" one he gave last year, which clocked in at 48m viewers. (Incoming presidents give a speech to Congress instead of delivering a State of the Union address)

Two of Obama's earlier SoTU addresses won more viewers (48m in 2010 and 53m in 2009), too. Bush Jr. got 63m for his one after the Iraq War. Clinton got 53m in 1998 and 67m in 1993. But it's likely that an earlier president holds the record, from the era when nothing else was on.

There's something so weird about it. Why would Trump say it, knowing it will immediately be checked? Lying to an audience of true believers who won't care seems too simple an answer: perhaps he's being lied to and is just too disoriented and narcissistic to notice what results.

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Stranger Things' David Harbour's fiery SAG Awards speech and Winona Ryder's fantastic facial expressions

At last night's SAG Awards, Stranger Things star David K. Harbour used his acceptance speech opportunity to deliver a killer rant about fighting for freedom, the meek, disenfranchised, and the marginalized. Meanwhile, the wonderful Winona Ryder had all of the feels.

Here's Harbour's full speech:

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All the best parts of Donald Trump's speech to the Republican National Convention

Anthony Clune put together a highlight reel of the most interesting and salient moments from last night's keynote address at the Republican National Convention, in which Donald Trump accepted the party's nomination for United States President. Read the rest

Melania Trump's convention speech plagiarized from Michelle Obama

The internet is aflame with mirth and wrath: Melania Trump's speech on the first night of the Republican convention in Cleveland contained several lines lifted from a speech delivered by Michelle Obama. Just at the point where her husband, Donald, secures his grasp on the party, they find that the apparent level his campaign operates at is just another false bottom and there is always worse to come.

This side-by-side comparison is particularly damning:

The trending hashtags of the morn all concern this very Sad! moment. #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes

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Watch this very funny parody of a TED Talk, any TED talk

"Now that doesn't sound important, and it's not, but if I repeat it three times I'm making you believe that is important."

"Let's look at a picture of the planet for no reason. It's nice isn't it. That's where we live. What happens if I put some words over it? How about a number? What if I pose a question? By doing this, I've now made you think that I know what I'm talking about."

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Gene Luen Yang's inaugural speech as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Gene Luen Yang burst on the graphic novel scene in 2006 with the Eisner-award winning American Born Chinese, a brilliant memoir about growing up as an Asian American; and followed up with a diverse oeuvre that spanned video games, Asian representation in superhero comics, and digital literacy.