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Beckham's catch = Obama's executive act

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'SNL' remakes Schoolhouse Rock
“Saturday Night Live” hit today’s political process right on the nose during the show’s cold open. Spoofing Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill,” Kenan Thompson as the bill tried to explain how he becomes a law. But before he can make his way  to President Obama’s desk to be officially signed into law, Obama beats him […]
Foxx talks dancing with Christie, McCain
Who could possibly forget this epic photo? Late night host Jimmy Kimmel certainly hadn’t, so when he had the chance to interview actor Jamie Foxx Wednesday night, he simply had to get the back story. Foxx has been the host of this annual charity event for several years. “What’s interesting is that every year that […]
Jon Stewart on Christie's 'pig problem'

Jon Stewart got into Chris Christie’s “pig problem”—which wasn’t quite what Stewart thought it was at first.

Rogen: 'Amazing' to smoke in White House

Seth Rogen told The Hill in a recent interview that he believes he is now on a "list" of individuals banned on from President Obama's residence because of his recent tweet expressing his desire to smoke marijuana in the White House.

White House

Obama defends his flip-flop on immigration executive action
President Obama may have denounced the very executive action on immigration he ended up taking  more than 20 times in his presidency, but that’s not stopping him from ardently defending his actions. Obama appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and host George Stephanopoulos grilled the president about his the contradictions in his words and actions. “You […]
Obama: Voters want ‘new car smell’ in 2016, Hillary would be ‘great president’
President Obama still has two years left in office, but with the GOP overhaul in the midterms and his waning popularity, most people are already looking to 2016. Including, it seems, Obama himself. He said the best part of running for president after a two-term president is that “you can stake out your own positions” […]
Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

After multiple hacks, the federal government’s cybersecurity plan remains on hold

The federal government is not having the best time with cybersecurity of late.

Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday

President Obama announced Wednesday afternoon that he will unveil his unilateral plan for immigration reform to the nation in a primetime address Thursday.

Congress

Why are House Members exempt from ethics training?
Two U.S. representatives are questioning a curious practice on the Hill that exempts House Members from ethics training. But it doesn’t look like they are getting much support from their colleagues that enjoy this perk. Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Scott Rigell (R-Va.), are urging congressional leaders to end the House exemption on the annual ethics […]
Paul calls for formal declaration of war on ISIS

Sen. Rand Paul wants Congress to formally declare war against ISIS.

The fallout from Boehner not owning a dog

President Obama's offer to smooth over an immigration reform compromise with Speaker John Boehner has turned out to be a case of barking up the nonexistent tree.

Sen. Graham: Benghazi report 'full of crap'
Despite a new House Intelligence Committee report clearing the Obama administration of wrongdoing in its response to the Benghazi attack, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not backing down. “I think the report is full of crap,” Graham said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He said that the report did not take into account the members […]
Cruz proposes new way to fight 'Obama's amnesty'
Sen. Ted Cruz (R – Texas) talked with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace and outlined his new plan to push back on President Obama against his executive order on immigration. Cruz referenced Saturday Night Live’s sketch about the executive order and said no one has put it better. He feels Obama’s action has effectively […]

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HS offers class on interacting with the police
After hearing about multiple student run-ins with officer from the New York Police Department, East Side Community High School decided to get the New York Civil Liberties Union involved and offer a class for students on how to interact with police officers. NYCLU coached 450 students on staying calm during police encounters, according to the New York Post. […]
Ferguson grand jury decision to be announced

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a spokesman for St. Louis County's top prosecutor said Monday.

Parents try to cancel school Nutcracker trip

A group of Massachusetts parents tried to cancel a school trip to see the Nutcracker ballet in order to shield their children’s eyes from religious indoctrination.

Lorde: Meeting Pitbull like meeting the president

Lorde has her priorities straight.

Rapper could get life in prison for his lyrics

In San Diego, you don’t have to be suspected of committing crimes to get charged—all you have to do is rap about them.

Policy

DHS misplaced 12,000 FOIA requests

Count the Department of Homeland Security as yet another government agency that has trouble keeping track of important documents.

'Happy Danksgiving' from CO pot stores

Can’t think of any original Christmas gifts this year? A weed-laced mini-pumpkin pie might do the trick.

HHS tries to get Obamacare users to stick around
Obamacare’s biggest challenge in year two is getting all of the original enrollees to stick around for another year, so the Health and Human Services department is pulling out all the stops to make that happen in the future. The Obama administration is proposing a new regulation for 2016 that would allow states to shift […]
Russian site hacks into 4,500 webcams

A Russia-based website has hacked into thousands of webcams and baby monitors across the world, and displays their feeds to anyone who wants to watch.

Stupid mistake costs Jonathan Gruber multiple jobs

A stupid mistake has cost Obamacare architect and economist Jonathan Gruber multiple contracts this week.

Education

UC students launch sit-in to protest tuition hikes
Students at the University of California Berkeley are taking the Board of Regents decision to raise tuition by 27 percent over the next five years sitting down — or rather, sitting in. Calling themselves “The Open UC,” around 200 students have moved into Wheeler Hall to host a sit-in in protest of the new tuition hike. […]
Professor dons Dick Cheney costume for Halloween

Can you imagine one of your professors dressing up as President Obama for a lecture on executive overreach?

Probably not. But dressing up as former Vice President Dick Cheney is fair game.

Students protest annual UC tuition hikes
University of California administrators have voted to raise tuition 27 percent by the end of the decade and UC system students aren’t taking the decision lying down. The Board of Regents voted Thursday to approve tuition increases of as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years unless the state decides to devote more […]
UC Davis violates First Amendment at registration
The University of California Davis is now requiring its students to complete  a mandatory “Violence Intervention & Prevention” online program, which requires them to agree with the school’s stance on what constitutes “harmful language,” before they are allowed to register for classes. The issue? All of the language included in the program is constitutionally protected. The […]
College enrollment up, graduation rates down
More first-time students enrolled in college at the beginning of the recession in 2008 as compared to earlier years. But this bump in enrollment surprisingly translated to lower graduation rates. According to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, the number of incoming students in 2008 grew by 12 percent  to 2.7 million, up […]