The official painting of President Bill Clinton that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery includes a nod to Monica Lewinsky's blue dress, the artist revealed in an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News. "If you look at the left-hand side of it there's a mantle in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there," painter Nelson Shanks said. He claimed that Bill and Hillary Clinton now know the symbolism is there. "And so the Clintons hate the portrait," he said.
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Big Bang? What Big Bang? In a new theory, researchers suggest that the start of the universe may have involved no bang at all.
"Our theory suggests that the age of the universe could be infinite," study co-author Saurya Das, a theoretical physicist at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, told LiveScience.
In 1929, Edwin Hubble came to the conclusion that "there must have been an instant in time when the entire Universe was contained in a single point in space. The Universe must have been born in this single violent event." This is what became known the Big Bang theory, NASA explains.
The formulation brings up two major points. First, that the universe possibly had no beginning which involved an infinitely small and infinitely dense point of matter.
Second, that more information could be discovered on the make-up of dark matter. Dark matter is the substance that makes up most of the universe, and up until now has remained somewhat mysterious.
The IRS's inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner's emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency's chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.
"There is potential criminal activity," Mr. Camus said.
As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is putting the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela's, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.