You Need To See This Enchanting Emoji Version Of “Frozen”

Do you want to text a snowman?

1. So you’ve probably seen Frozen, or at least HEARD someone humming “Let It Go” a million times.

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It’s inescapable, but also fabulous.

2. Thankfully for everyone who stans for Anna and Elsa, Frozen-mania is FAR from over. Disney has released an emojis-only version of Frozen and it is so COOL.

3. It includes all your favorite moments from the movie in emoji form…

4. …most important of all, “Let It Go.”

The emojis never bothered me anyway.

5. Check out the full magical video here:

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/samstryker/frozen-emoji-version

Update: Boxer, Feinstein Call For End To California’s Vaccine Exemptions

The California Democrats say there should be “no such thing” as a philosophical exemption. California has had a recent measles outbreak — and, in general, few Democrats in the state are totally clear on whether the exemption should end.

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WASHINGTON — Democrats toed the line Tuesday on whether parents should be able to exempt children from vaccination for philosophical reasons — something the state of California allows.

On Wednesday, though, Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein called on California to reconsider the state’s religious and philosophical exemptions on vaccination.

“We think both options are flawed, and oppose even the notion of a medical professional assisting to waive a vaccine requirement unless there is a medical reason, such as an immune deficiency,” the senators wrote in a letter.

“While a small number of children cannot be vaccinated due to an underlying medical condition, we believe there should be no such thing as a philosophical or personal belief exemption, since everyone uses public spaces,” Boxer and Feinstein wrote.

Earlier this week, when asked by BuzzFeed News, several liberal lawmakers unequivocally said parents should vaccinate their kids. But when pressed further on the state laws that allow parents to skip vaccinating their children if they have a medical, religious, or “personal belief” reason not to do so, their answers became less clear.

Democratic Rep. Alan Lowenthal, who represents the California district where many of the recent measles cases have been found, said he supports vaccination — but he doesn’t think anyone should be compelled to vaccinate.

“I’m not sure we should mandate all children to be vaccinated. I have difficulty sometimes with mandating, but I certainly think children should be vaccinated,” he said. “I strongly support vaccines, it’s a public health issue and we need to have 95% of children vaccinated to really keep this from coming back. Measles was under control and I strongly support people vaccinating their kids.”

California Rep. Maxine Waters said parents shouldn’t be mandated to vaccinate their kids — but if they make that choice parents shouldn’t be able to send their children to public schools either.

“If parents refuse vaccines they should have a right to do that, but they don’t have a right to put others at risk,” she said.

Others would not address the issue of the personal belief exemptions, which have been tightened in California in recent years, though not eliminated (parents must see a health care provider before deciding not to vaccinate).

In a statement emailed to BuzzFeed News, California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez focused on educating people about vaccines, but avoided directly saying whether personal belief exemptions should be allowed.

“It is critical that we educate our families on the importance of vaccinations,” Sanchez said. “The first step in stopping the spread of disease is ensuring you have access to the right information to make informed decisions. I look forward to working with my colleagues and my community to do just that.”

On Wednesday, Feinstein and Boxer called for a reconsideration. On Tuesday, Boxer called for some sort of review to make sure children are “protected,” but sidestepped directly commenting on the law.

“A broad review by appropriate federal, state, and local public health agencies is called for to make sure all children are protected from diseases like measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease that can cause pneumonia, brain damage and death,” Boxer said in the Tuesday statement.

An aide to Feinstein didn’t respond to BuzzFeed News’ questions on Tuesday, but instead pointed to a statement the senator made last year.

At a Brookings Institute event Tuesday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said while she thinks everyone should be vaccinated, she was “sympathetic” to parents who don’t want to their children to get them — and mentioned autism in connection with the process.

“While I’m sympathetic to the concerns and I’ve spent many, many hours and have tried to facilitate conversations with families who have had concerns about vaccines and how it affects their children be it autism or otherwise,” she said. “It is a public health issue and the fact is children should be vaccinated.”

Spokespeople for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running to replace the retiring Boxer, declined to comment Monday in response to BuzzFeed News questions about vaccinations.

Of those BuzzFeed News spoke to, Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright — who represents another state with a philosophical exemption, Pennsylvania — was the only one to outright reject his state’s law. Pennsylvania allows vaccine exemptions or “on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief.”

“I think opting out of vaccines is backward,” Cartwright said. “You may quote me. [The state law] is not enlightened.”

Similarly, Rep. Ami Bera, a California Democrat who is a physician, said the state should move toward getting parents that don’t have a medical or religious reason not to vaccinate their kids, to do so.

“We should be pushing for full vaccination,” Bera said. “[There are] rare circumstances — religious belief or health concerns. Outside of that everyone should be moving towards vaccination.”

Ruby Cramer contributed reporting.

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Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jacobfischler/few-clear-answers-from-california-democrats-on-state-vaccina

‘Israel bombed Syria tonight,’ says Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham let a rather big detail slip during a speech at a GOP fundraising dinner tonight. According to Politico, Graham told the guests at the dinner that “Israel bombed Syria tonight” before moving on to other remarks. Graham’s comment seems to verify what CNN reported earlier.

FIRST ON CNN: US and western intel agencies looking at new info showing Israel conducted airstrikes against Syria target.

— Barbara Starr (@barbarastarrcnn) May 3, 2013

Israeli stmt:”is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime” .

— Barbara Starr (@barbarastarrcnn) May 4, 2013

“Based on initial indications, the U.S. does not believe Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace to conduct the strikes.” (1/2)

— Doug Pologe (@DougPologe) May 4, 2013

Meaning that it was done (if it was) from Lebanese territory. (2/2)

— Doug Pologe (@DougPologe) May 4, 2013

From Israeli sources: Israel bombed chemical weapons in Syria tonight they believed were being transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon. #Syria

— AG (@AG_Conservative) May 4, 2013

So do I have this right?Israel just took care of any “red line” clarification issues w/ Syria?Go Bibi.

— ShellyB (@Shelly_Bl) May 4, 2013

How soon until we hear an official response from the U.S. government?

So how long will it take Obama admin to issue a statement saying they have no idea whether or not Israel conducted air strikes in Syria?

— Tired Mama (@TiredmamainNC) May 4, 2013

So Obama is vacationing in Mexico- and #Israel is paying attention to Syria and chemical weapons. #LowIformationVoters REALLY piss me OFF.

— ★♥ Harriet Baldwin(@HarrietBaldwin) May 4, 2013

The US is trying to confirm if Israel conducted airstrikes in Syria? Obama could – you know – just ask Bibi.

— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) May 4, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/05/03/israel-bombed-syria-tonight-says-sen-lindsey-graham/