Polititainment

Obama channels Chris Rock again

At rallies for Democrats in Maryland and Illinois on Sunday, Obama dropped the name "Cousin Pookie" -- a character that he used frequently to energize black voters during his 2008 campaign -- during his speeches.

Oliver beats Supreme Court's camera ban
Comedian John Oliver is sick of the Supreme Court ban on cameras in the court room and the ridiculous ways it makes television news stations have to cover those cases. But all hope is not lost. “What happens at the Supreme Court is way too important not to pay attention to and yet the ban […]
Stewart and Colbert go after 'Fangate'

Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had a field day with “Fangate” Thursday night.

O'Reilly v Stewart on 'white privilege'

Jon Stewart had one goal in bringing Bill O’Reilly on his show Tuesday evening: "I want you to admit that there is such a thing as white privilege."

Galifianakis gives Obama a nickname
Zach Galifianakis once came up with a very special nickname for President Obama, he recounted on “The Daily Show” Tuesday night. It all started when Galifianakis came to the White House to film the Emmy-winning “Between Two Ferns” episode to promote Obamacare. “Before we went to interview the president, I ate in the White House […]

White House

President Obama, unpaid bills and the curious editing of the White House transcript
President Obama, some unpaid bills and a curiously “inaudible” section of the White House recording of a speech — that’s how all good stories start, right? While at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago, Obama cracked a joke about the “unpaid bills” at his home. The joke was reported by the White House Press […]
Secrecy shrouds how the Obamas cook their chicken wings

Now it seems the Obamas are tight-lipped even about their eating habits.

Obama delivers devastating blow to red state Democrats, calls them ‘all folks who vote with me’
President Obama can’t seem to stay out of the 2014 midterm elections, no matter how much his fellow Democrats want him to. Obama spoke on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday, which was later replayed on MSNBC, insisting that red state Democrats are still his “strong allies.” “A lot of the states that are contested this time […]
Obama reveals his favorite Supreme Court decision

President Obama dished on his favorite Supreme Court decision during his presidency, and it wasn’t either of his interviewer’s top guesses.

Poll: Obama less ‘effective’ at ‘managing basic functions’ of government than George W. Bush
Since his popularity and approval ratings began to slide during his second term, former President George W. Bush has served as a scapegoat for Democrats and current President Obama. Bush’s name has been invoked with almost every negative event that has come America’s way. But it seems that the “blame Bush” strategy hasn’t made the […]

Congress

Dems target Republicans as extremists on ed issues

Democrats this election cycle are working hard to paint their Republican opponents as wild extremists who would slash all funding for student loans.

Udall struggles to think of his favorite books

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) seemed a bit rattled in his recent interview with ABC 7 News.

Rand Paul: W.H. hasn’t accurately described Ebola
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Bloomberg politics he believes that the White House has been inaccurately depicting the risks of contracting Ebola. “I think from the very beginning they haven’t been completely forthright with us,” said Paul. “They’ve so wanted to downplay this that they really I don’t think have been very accurate in their […]
Rand Paul doesn't want to 'turnip for what'
Sorry Michelle. It doesn’t look like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to “turnip for what.” Paul let the first lady know about his first stop in New Hampshire Thursday on Twitter. The likely presidential hopeful went from the plane to the Dunkin’ Donuts and snapped a photo. Just arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire. First stop: @DunkinDonuts cc: […]
Americans could face $15B in new internet taxes
If Senate Democrats don’t take up the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act before the end of the year, American internet users could be looking at nearly $15 billion in additional taxes, a new study found. The Internet Tax Freedom Act, passed during the 1990s, prevents state and local governments from taxing people for access to the […]

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Investigators question Secret Service assignment
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor. The report by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general calls the conduct “problematic,” and says […]
One American released from North Korea, two remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

Rwanda is screening Americans for Ebola
The tables have definitely turned. An African country is now screening incoming Americans for Ebola. According to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda, the small East African nation has begun screening incoming passengers from the United States and Spain for the virus. From the embassy’s Web site: “Visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the […]
Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday.

Girl kicked off campus for asking if govt sucks

22-year-old Lauren Cooley was peacefully talking to students on the campus of a public school when she was harassed by campus security and told to leave.

Policy

CA law lets families pursue gun restraining orders

A California bill recently signed into law will allow individuals to prevent family members from owning weapons if they deem them mentally unstable or dangerous.

New York gun law strips 34,500 of gun rights

Part of New York's SAFE Act, which was pushed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed quickly in 2013, encourages mental health professionals -- not necessarily doctors -- to report any of their patients to authorities if they seem "likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others."

Snowden: U.S. failed to monitor Boston bombers

Edward Snowden criticized the U.S. government for failing to anticipate the Boston Marathon bombings, blaming their focus on mass surveillance for allowing them to miss actual credible threats.

Supreme Court to tackle gun ownership case

Convicted felons are not allowed maintain ownership of their guns—but can they give them away?

FBI pushes Congress to broaden its access to data

The tech world's recent efforts to strengthen encryption appear to have left the FBI in a panic, as FBI Director James Comey appeals to Congress for easier backdoor access to Americans' data.

Education

Students protest Will over column on campus rape

Conservative columnist George Will is still facing a backlash from his June column on campus rape in which he dared to criticize activists for making victimhood a “coveted status.”

CFPB seeks to help private student loan borrowers
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is promising action to help private student loan borrowers swimming in high levels of debt. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act established a student loan ombudsman within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a few years back. The ombudsman is charged with preparing an annual report complete with […]
GenOpp: College cost is result of federal policies
What’s wrong with college education? Tuition costs are soaring, while the job market for recent graduates is getting worse and worse. According to Tuitionomics 101, a new video produced by Generation Opportunity, intervention by the federal government is behind much of the increase in cost. “Young Americans are being asked to pay more for a […]
More proof that cost of college has skyrocketed
As if more proof was needed that the cost of college has skyrocketed way out of control, there is a new chart showing just how long you would need to work at a minimum wage job to cover tuition costs. Attn has compiled data comparing mimimum wage earnings to the cost of college. From 1963, the […]
Elizabeth Warren trashes for-profit colleges

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) went after for-profit colleges in an interview with Salon, naming them the second largest cause of problems in higher education.