Polititainment

Cooper, Eastwood met with Kyle's dad

The father of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was wary about the making of "American Sniper," but MailOnline reports that he was won over by the face-to-face assurance of the film's star and director that they wouldn't do his son's memory wrong.

'SNL' laughs at North Korea, Sony hacks
“Saturday Night Live” hit on North Korea and the Sony hacks twice this weekend, proving that unlike most of Hollywood, they aren’t scared of Kim Jong-un. The show started off with a bang, bringing back Mike Myers as Dr. Evil to interrupt the cold open and discuss his anger over the North Korea and Sony hacker […]
RNC asks theaters to show 'The Interview
The Sony hack and subsequent cancellation of “The Interview” has gone fully political. President Obama made an official statement on this decision and now the Republican National Committee is weighing in. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus asks that movie theaters not bow down to North Korea and stand up to this decision by screening the film […]
Obama: LeBron 'did the right thing'

President Obama supports LeBron James' decision to wear an "I can't breathe" t-shirt during warmup before the NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets last week.

Al Sharpton, Hollywood's Sony Liaison

In a private meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City Thursday, Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal told Sharpton that he could have a voice in how the movie studio makes its films.

White House

Obama: I will do ‘everything I can’ to close Guantanamo Bay
President Obama may have signed the defense bill that keeps Guantanamo Bay open for another year, but he is still verbally promising to close down the facility. Obama appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday and discussed closing Gitmo by the end of next year with host Candy Crowley. “I’m going to do everything […]
Obama: ‘We’re not going to be intimidated’ by Sony hackers
President Obama appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning and covered a variety of topics ranging from racism to North Korea and the Sony hacks. Obama repeated his earlier statements about the hacks, implying again that Sony made the wrong call by canceling screenings of “The Interview.” “The Boston Marathon suffered an actual […]
Obama: we can’t have censorship subject to ‘some dictator someplace’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

U.S. confirms North Korea was behind Sony attack and promises ‘proportional’ response

Officials no longer merely suspect North Korea to be behind the cyberattack on Sony Picture—they’ve confirmed it.

District court declares Obama’s executive action on immigration unconstitutional
A federal court in Pennsylvania declared parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration unconstitutional Tuesday. Judge Arthur J. Schwab, sitting in the western district of Pennsylvania, said presidents do have the power to use discretion in deciding how to enforce laws, but found that Obama’s recent executive action went much further than that.  He said Obama was writing […]

Congress

GOP's probe into IRS finds 'culture of bias'
A report from the highly anticipated GOP probe into the Internal Revenue Service was released Tuesday and outgoing House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) slammed the organization for cultivating a “culture of bias.” Issa’s 210-page report says that the IRS is not the neutral tax collector it claims to be, especially at this critical time […]
US Rep. Grimm pleads guilty to federal tax evasion
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm admitted Tuesday to federal tax evasion, pleading guilty to charges he had fought as he won re-election last fall but that now leave his congressional future in question. Asked outside court if he planned to resign his seat, Grimm said no. “I’m going to get back to […]
Rand Paul's Festivus grievances are hilarious

Rand Paul’s Festivus airing of grievances kicked off earlier today, and he has a lot of them

Rand Paul will reintroduce police demilitarization

BUZZFEED — A version of the police militarization debate will be part of the Senate agenda next term.

House GOP wants to give Obama coal for Christmas
President Obama is getting nothing but a lump of coal from House Republicans this Christmas. But he’s not getting it because he’s been naughty — although some would certainly argue he fits that description — instead, it’s to teach him about the country’s resource that “holds the potential for a 21st-century economic revival.” Rep. Mike […]

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Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary

BBC NEWS -- Memorial services are being held in Indonesia and other nations for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.

Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL -- In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.

Xbox up, but PlayStation still down after attacks

USA TODAY - If all you want for Christmas is some online video gaming, you may feel like you got coal in your stocking.

'Other/Not Sure' over Mitt, Jeb, Rand in 2016 poll

WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- With no obvious heir apparent as the Republican’s 2016 presidential pick, GOP voters are unsure which of the potential 16 candidates they like, choosing “Other/Not Sure” ahead of Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul in a new poll released Christmas Day.

George H.W. Bush staying in hospital through Xmas

CNN -- Former President George H.W. Bush, who was taken to a Houston hospital Tuesday night after experiencing shortness of breath, will remain in the hospital at least through Christmas Day as a precaution, his spokesman said.

Policy

The NSA's report on its many privacy violations

There hasn’t been a whole lot of outrage over the NSA’s Christmas Eve data dump listing their many privacy violations over the last several years. But then again, look at all the information that was redacted.

Aspen launches a marijuana education campaign

With ski season getting into full swing, the Aspen sheriff wants to ensure no tourists get too baked to enjoy their stay in his community, and has launched a marijuana education campaign.

Poll: Most want to fight ISIS

Americans favor U.S. action against ISIS, even though they don’t expect success any time soon and tend to think the Iraq war failed to reduce the threat of terrorism.

Proposal seeks gun permits for Colorado pot users

Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana sales.

Marijuana legalization moves to Vermont?

Marijuana legalization advocates have their sights set on Vermont.

Education

Tuition lawsuit against parents back in court
The New Jersey court case of an estranged daughter suing her divorced parents for college tuition money continues to get more and more dramatic. Caitlyn Ricci, a 21-year-old student at Temple University,  is still in the process of suing her divorced parents because they refuse to fund her education at the college of her choice. […]
College offers full ride to slain officer's son
The son of a slain NYPD officer will be given a full ride by Bowdoin College to finish out his degree, the school announced Monday. Rafael Ramos, 40, was one of two NYPD officers murdered in a squad car Saturday by a man blaming them for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. His son, Justin Ramos, is […]
Maher finally gives speech at Berkeley
After months of publicity, liberal comedian Bill Maher finally got to give his much contested commencement speech at the University of California Berkeley over the weekend. Maher’s speech had become the center of controversy back in October after he got into a televised argument with Ben Affleck over Islam. His statements criticized the religion and […]
Obama administration's college ratings framework

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Colleges and universities have fretted over how they will be judged under a new college ratings system President Barack Obama announced last year would be developed to encourage transparency and affordability.

Obama to unveil new college grading plan
The U.S. Department of Education will release the first outline of its new college ratings system on Friday and it is already causing a lot of division between the administration, Republicans and higher education advocates. Friday’s draft is expected to include the metrics on which colleges would be rated by the federal government, Inside Higher […]