Polititainment

Celebs gin up youth votes for midterms
THE HILL – With young voters more apathetic about voting and government than ever, several organizations are trying to woo the “selfie generation” to the polls this fall. “About half of those who vote in presidential elections do not vote in midterms,” explained Andy Bernstein, executive director of HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that partners with musicians […]
Maher to Cheney: light yourself on fire

As Hunter S. Thompson despised Richard Nixon with every drug-influenced fiber of his being, so Bill Maher carries on the torch for media provocateurs.

Colbert announces plan to defeat ISIS
President Barack Obama might not have a strategy for defeating ISIS in Syria, but never fear,  comedian Stephen Colbert has him covered. Colbert announced a unique plan Thursday night that involves raising Ronald Reagan from the grave, a captive radio audience and Monty Python-esque horse sound effects. “Remember in 1938 the radio broadcast of ‘War […]
Brand: ISIS better than conservatives
Actor Russell Brand took to Youtube Wednesday to compare terrorist group ISIS to conservatives, eventually coming to the conclusion that conservatives in power were worse than ISIS. Brand was recording yet another video aimed at attacking Fox News when he made the statements about ISIS. He was responding to Fox host Greg Gutfeld’s comments about Brand’s […]
Biden congratulates 'Veep' on Emmy win
From one Vice President to another… Vice President Joe Biden took to Twitter Tuesday to congratulate actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her Emmy win. Louis-Dreyfus snagged her third consecutive Outstanding Actress in a Comedy series win Monday for her portrayal of a fictional vice president on HBO’s “Veep.” Last year, the VP picked up the phone […]

White House

White House scrambles to control the fallout from Obama’s ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’ comment
It’s hard to imagine that there was any other reaction than full panic from White House staffers after President Obama uttered a fateful gaffe Thursday afternoon, “We don’t have a strategy yet.” The line quickly exploded on Twitter and on television — though not quite as much as the president’s tan suit — as it […]
GOP: ‘He’s not a king’
THE HILL – Whether lamenting the so-called vacationer-in-chief’s swing of a golf club or criticizing his handling of the healthcare rollout, Republicans are getting in the habit of comparing President Obama to a monarch. “It’s one thing after another. You know he says he has no choice but to act. He says he has a pen […]
Obama’s Democratic fundraising just might ruin Labor Day weekend for the rest of us

Barely having returned from a 15-day vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Obama will spend is Labor Day weekend traveling to support his Democratic friends. The problem is, this means that Americans planning to take seaplanes to East Hampton, Montauk, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket won't be able to travel themselves.

White House flirt Joe Biden turns on the charm for 108-year-old veteran Lucy Coffey

Joe Biden continues to brand himself the White House flirt. In a recently released video of Biden's July 25 meeting with Lucy Coffee, the vice president kisses the 108-year-old war veteran on the cheek and hand and tells her, "I'm the guy that loves you."

Congress

Cruz highlights issues for 2014, 2016 elections
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) elicited huge cheers from the audience at the Americans For Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” Saturday when he vowed Republicans would take back control of the U.S. Senate and “retire” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “I’m convinced we’re going to win in 2014 and 2016 is going to be even better,” […]
IRS says Lerner's Blackberry 'destroyed'

A senior IRS lawyer has said in a sworn declaration that Lois Lerner's BlackBerry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun to investigate her involvement in IRS targeting of conservative groups.

Youth impact reason enough to pass jobs bills
The U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means is in the midst of releasing 40 reasons over the course of 40 days that the Senate should take up the 40 jobs bills the House has already passed. While most of their reasons have focused on general unemployment and economic growth statistics, they turned their attention […]
UNEARTHED: Archival footage of Harry Reid smiling

From appearances, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid derives little pleasure from his job, perhaps a deputy to the paragon of joylessness. But Red Alert Politics has dug into the archives to demonstrate that it wasn't always like this.

Rubio: Obama action would kill immigration reform
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is urging President Barack Obama to forego taking executive action on immigration, warning that would kill any chance for comprehensive immigration reform. “If indeed you move forward on such a decision, I believe it will close the door to any chance of making progress on immigration reform for the foreseeable future,” […]

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Second plane forced to divert for reclined seat
This is getting a little out of hand. For the second time this week, an airplane had to be diverted after passengers fought over the right to recline the seat. A Miami-to-Paris American Airlines flight was forced to land in Boston Wednesday after air marshals had to restrain a man fighting with a passenger trying to recline […]
Hold on to your chalupas: Taco Bell for life

Check your pockets. And check that drool running down your chin.

Obama: 'We don't have a strategy yet' for IS

USA TODAY -- President Obama said Thursday he's building a "broader regional strategy" against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Read more at USA Today.

Russia's airline song contest winner to get $160K
Russia’s state-run airline Aeroflot is hosting a high-dollar contest to find a new English-language jingle that will inspire the people of America and Russia (and maybe Ukraine) to take to the skies. A request for proposals by Aeroflot explains just what the airline is looking for and the top prize. The writer of the winning song will […]
Perry forgets the charges against him
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is feeling way too “awesome” to remember exactly what ridiculous charges he has been indicted on. During his recent visit to New Hampshire, Perry flubbed the details of the allegations against him, seemingly still feeling as good about the case as when he followed up his good looking mugshot with a trip […]

Policy

Nader blames Dems for not raising minimum wage
Ralph Nader believes no one in Congress is serious about raising the minimum wage and that it is just s contrived talking point for Democrats to hit Republicans on. In an interview with Politico, the past presidential hopeful and political activist spouted off about congressional Democrats’ decision “play politics” on raising the wage to $10.10 an […]
Obamacare website complicates Obama's tax fight
President Barack Obama might be using strong language to condemn “corporate deserters” who officially locate their headquarters outside of the U.S. to lower their tax bills, but his actions certainly suggest otherwise. Obama gave a $100 million contract over to Accenture to make improvements to the disastrous Healthcare.gov. But the company is currently incorporated in Ireland, […]
Healthcare.gov continues to experience glitches
In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Healthcare.gov is still experiencing technical glitches. The latest one — the site’s refusal to accept immigration and citizenship documents — will leave more than 300,000 people uninsured if not corrected by Friday, Sept. 5. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent letters to about 310,000 customers […]
Bill Gates donate $1M to gun control initiative
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million. The donation to the Initiative 594 campaign was given Friday, but it […]
Feds spending $1 million on meme database
A word created by Stephen Colbert on the premiere episode of “The Colbert Report” inspired the database the federal government is handing out at least $1 million to support. Through a National Science Foundation grant, the U.S. government is paying for the creation of a database of “suspicious memes” and other “false and misleading” political […]

Education

Bobby Jindal sues Dept. of Ed. over Common Core

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) filed a lawsuit in US District Court Wednesday against the Department of Education, alleging that the Common Core implementation process violated states' rights and the 10th Amendment.

Could a $10K degree change the higher ed debate?
Imagine a world where you could get a bachelor’s degree for $10,560 in tuition. Not a per year cost, but $10,560 for the entire program. California is trying to make that world a reality. California’s state legislature recently passed a bill that will allow a small number of community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees and if signed […]
CHARTS: The student loan problem under Obama
There are a multitude of examples that prove policies during Barack Obama’s presidency have harmed young people – the same age group responsible for voting him in – more than any other group, but few are as stark as the rapidly growing student loan debt problem. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York Quarterly Report […]
Obama offers no new solutions to high tuition

President Obama in his weekly address last week actually acknowledged the high cost of college tuition after ignoring the problem Wednesday when the White House announced the president's plan to expand college opportunity.

If possible, avoid borrowing for college

Even though borrowing for the sake of college is often called “good debt,” because it’s viewed as an investment in human capital, we still ought to apply one of the most fundamental financial principles to paying for college: Avoid debt if you can.