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The Morning Scroll: Ben & Jerry’s Annual Free Cone Day & Eric Swalwell Could Be the Youngest POTUS Ever

Morning! While you were sleeping (or staying up to binge-watch Friends for the tenth time, or pulling an all-nighter in the library), a few things went down that you’ll probably want to know about. So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and get scrolling.

Rumor Has It

In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Emilia Clarke shared more about her surgeries and recoveries. The Game of Thrones actress even shared never before seen photos of herself in the hospital. 

She recently opened up about her life-threatening brain aneurysms. In an essay for The New Yorker, Clarke revealed that she suffered her first aneurysm shortly after finishing filming the first season of GOT. She was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at the gym with a painful headache. After her first surgery, she had temporary aphasia or language impairment. The doctors later found a second aneurysm and she needed a second surgery. 

“The second one, there was a bit of my brain that actually died,” Clarke told CBS. “If a part of your brain doesn’t get blood to it, it will just no longer work. It’s like your short circuit. So, I had that and they didn’t know what it was.” She also found it a lot harder to stay optimistic. 

“I was like, ‘What if something has short-circuited in my brain and I can’t act anymore?” she said. “I mean, literally it’s been my reason for living for a very long time.”

While in recovery, Clarke “went through a period of being down,” but she found strength through her work on GOT playing Daenerys Targaryen. 

“You go on set, and you play a badass, and you walk through fire, and that became the thing that just saved me from considering my own mortality,” she said. 

News You Can Eat

Ben & Jerry’s annual Free Cone Day is finally here! From noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Ben & Jerry’s locations are giving away free ice cream cones, so it’s time to clear your lunch schedules ASAP.

Free Cone Day started in 1979 as a way for the company to say thank you to their customers. And the tradition has lived on ever since! 


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“Every time you enjoy a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s, you’re showing us how much you care. We love you too, & Free Cone Day is our favorite way to show it!” according to Ben & Jerry’s website.

Only certain locations are participating in the free ice cream, so you should double check if your nearby location. If you want to, you can also get back in line for another free cone, according to Food & Wine

Then This Happened

Rep. Eric Swalwell announced on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night that he will run for president. If elected, the 38-year-old California Democrat could become the youngest-ever president in the United States.

According to U.S. News and World Report, John F. Kennedy was the youngest president ever elected at the age of 43. The publication notes that Theodore Roosevelt, 42, was the youngest to serve as president; he was sworn in after the assassination of William McKinley. 

In the interview with Colbert, Swalwell explained that he’s running for president in order to make life better for Americans. 

“I see a country in quicksand, unable to solve problems and threats from abroad, unable to make life better for people…None of that is going to change until we get a leader who is willing to go big on issues we take on, be bold on the solutions we offer, and do good in the way we govern. I’m ready to solve these problems. I’m running for president of the United States,” he said. 

Since January 2013, Swalwell has served as a congressman for California’s 15th congressional district. According to Vox, he is part of the Judiciary Committee and Intelligence Committee. Prior, he served as the deputy district attorney for California’s Alameda County.

On Tuesday, Swalwell will start his campaign with a town hall meeting on gun violence in Sunrise, Florida, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Gun control will be a key part in Swalwell’s campaign, according to NBC News

“I talk to kids who sit in their classroom afraid that they’ll be the next victim of gun violence,” Swalwell told Colbert. “And they see Washington doing nothing about it after the moments of silence and they see lawmakers who love their guns more than they love our kids.” 

Swalwell joins a crowded presidential primary. 

Happy Thoughts


Carissa Dunlap is a Her Campus News X Social Intern for Summer 2018. She is a current Publishing major and Journalism minor at Emerson College (Class of 2020). When she isn't perusing the YA bookshelf at the bookstore, she can be found watching dog videos on Facebook, at her favorite coffee shops, or relaxing on the beach. Follow her on Instagram @dunlapcarissa or Twitter @Caridunlap.
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