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Here’s a bust of President Barack Obama created by a Smithsonian team from 3-D scan data.

Obama is the first sitting president to be scanned for this purpose. The bust was displayed yesterday at the White House Maker Faire, and the data and models will become part of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

What’s next? A 3-D scan of the Nationals’ Running President Teddy Roosevelt suit made into a life size hollow chocolate model?

…Please?

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If you’re a fan of the TV shows “VEEP” or “House of Cards,” you’re among the many Americans who have become increasingly fascinated with the Vice Presidency.

Today, June 13 at 12pm,HuffPost Live will bring together a panel of experts, to look at how the role of the VP has assumed more power in recent administrations and pop culture’s recent obsession with the position.  Guests include: former Chief-of-Staff to VP Gore and VP Biden, Ron Klain; Vice Presidential historian Joel K. Goldstein; Executive Producer of “VEEP,” Frank Rich; and highly respected scholar of the Vice Presidency, Joel Goldstein.

Watch the segment here today : http://huff.lv/TP5b7c

And don’t forget your aviators.

 

The loss—the GOP’s fifth in a row and their worst in over 85 years—proved so frustrating that some members asked Speaker of the House John Boehner to fire Barton, who has been a part of the game for 28 years. “Where has there been a shortstop that didn’t bat?” asks Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-N.C.), who plays the position. “We had a fielding team, and a batting team, and a running team.”

Hear that? That’s the sound of sizzling drama from this piece by Alex Rogers on the “Crazy Competitive World of Congressional Baseball.”

Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., pitches during the 52nd annual Congressional Baseball Game at National Stadium in Washington on June 13, 2013. Bill Clark—CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images

Recess weeks can be a blissful break for a burned out staffer. Here’s how it usually goes.

Last day of votes before a recess week.

This is you.

This is you, inside.

Things are tense around the office.

Very tense.

Your boss is leaving. This is your face as you say, “Bye! Seeya! Later! Aloha!”


And while your boss stands in the front office, chatting about some mundane, last-minute matter, you silently pray they leave. Now.

Boss keeps talking and doesn’t leave. This is you.

Then, your boss wants to leave.

And this is you.

Boss closes the door.

IT. IS. RECESS.

This is you.

And this is you.

And this is you.

Then it’s Monday of recess week.

Your coworker brings in her dog. This is you.

Tuesday of recess week.

The rest of the world doesn’t realize it’s recess. Work comes in. This is you.

Wednesday of recess week.

Someone comes into the office asking for your card. This is you.

Your interns decide recess means wearing clubwear. This is your entire office.

Thursday of recess week.

It’s 3:00 when you realize you actually had work to do this week.

A coworker actually mentions out loud there’s work to do.

You try working, but it doesn’t go well.

You’re trying. Really trying.

Friday of recess week.

This is you after two cups of coffee.

This is you, by Friday afternoon.

Happy recess.

Game on: The lineup for Members vs. Press (aka the 2014 Congressional Women’s Softball Game) has just been announced. Full roster below.

Get your tickets for the Wednesday, June 18, 2014 game at 7PM. It’s always a blast, and ticket money goes to a good cause: benefiting the Young Survival Coalition, the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Member Captains:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D, FL-23)
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R, WV-2)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

Member Team:

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D, AZ-1)
Rep. Joyce Beatty (D, OH-3)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R, WA-3)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17)
Rep. Kathy Castor (D, FL-13)
Rep. Katherine Clark (D, MA-5)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D, MD-4)
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R, NC-2)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D, HI-2)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D NM-1)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D, CA-32)
Rep. Kristi Noem (R, SD – At Large)
Rep. Martha Roby (R, AL-2)
Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R, FL-27)
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ-9)

Member Coaches:

Rep. Ed Perlmutter
Tori Barnes
Jim Kiley
Natalie Buchanan

Press Captains:

Carrie Budoff Brown (POLITICO)
Brianna Keilar (CNN)
Amy Walter (Cook Political Report)

Press Team:

Jill Agostino (New York Times)
Christina Bellantoni (Roll Call)
Jennifer Bendery (Huffington Post)
Leigh Ann Caldwell (CNN)
Lisa Desjardins (CNN)
Elise Foley (Huffington Post)
Emmarie Huetteman (New York Times)
Caitlin Huey Burns (Real Clear Politics)
Kasie Hunt (NBC)
Jill Jackson (CBS)
Sara Just (ABC News)
Tamara Keith (NPR)
Jackie Kucinich (Washington Post)
Abby Livingston (Roll Call)
Carolyn Ryan (New York Times)
Lynn Sweet (Chicago Sun Times)
Shawna Thomas (NBC)

Press Captain Emeritus:

Dana Bash (CNN)

Press Coaches:

David Espo (AP)
Carl Hulse (New York Times)
Frank Thorp (NBC)

 

And, in case you forgot how fun it was last year, check out this Now This News clip:

This joke never gets old.