Jon Stewart mocks Netanyahu

Jon Stewart spent a good deal of time Tuesday evening bashing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech before Congress, saying sarcastically, “Even though Netanyahu was speaking only two weeks before the Israeli elections, he wasn’t there just to use our Congress as the most elaborate campaign commercial background ever.”

Stewart calls House GOP 'turds'

Jon Stewart was looking forward to the end of congressional gridlock now that Republicans control both houses.

John Oliver gloats over net neutrality

John Oliver, who once spurred his followers to crash the FCC’s website demanding net neutrality, is positively gleeful over the news that the agency has approved rules to regulate the internet like a public utility.

Biden jokes about his creepy photos

Remember that time Joe Biden got close to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s wife?

The 'Notorious RBG' takes over SNL
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives pretty hilarious and biting interviews in real life — “not 100 percent sober” ringing any bells? — but Kate McKinnon’s version of the “Notorious RBG” on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” may just take the cake. From jokes about her morning exercise routine to her sexy dreams about […]

White House

Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.

It’s on: Obama follows through and vetoes Keystone pipeline

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

Biden: The middle class is ‘being killed,’ in worse shape than any time since the ’20s

Joe Biden—everyone’s favorite creeper and truth-bomb-dropper.

MSNBC Host: Obama’s terrorism summit is a ‘dog and pony show’
You know it’s bad when President Obama has even lost the support of MSNBC. MSNBC Host Andrea Mitchell basically called the White House’s Summit on “Countering Violent Extremism” a farce during her show Wednesday. “Here he has the summit, no heads of government coming, the participation has not been at a particularly high level. We’ll have […]
Obama assures ‘almost complete confidence’ there have been no NSA abuses

The president’s interview with Re/code over the weekend touched on privacy issues, with Obama insisting with “almost complete confidence” that there have been no abuses of the government’s vast surveillance program.

Congress

Trey Gowdy says he's going straight to Hillary

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email controversy has opened up a new front in the House's investigation of the 2012 Benghazi attack, with Rep. Trey Gowdy saying Tuesday that his investigators would be going straight to Clinton and her team to obtain all relevant correspondence.

More Congressmen had student loan debt this year
The student loan debt crisis is not just a growing problem among the American public, it’s growing among members of Congress as well. A grand total of 47 members of Congress reported a cumulative total of between $1.8 million and $4.6 million in student loan debt in 2013, as calculated by OpenSecrets based on personal […]
Congress sends Homeland Security bill to Obama

Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president's immigration policies.

Dems worry about Warren's leftward push

The Hill reports that Democrats are beginning to worry about Elizabeth Warren's gravitational pull on the party's direction. It's a black hole of progressivism, baby.

Boehner: GOP infighting over 'tactics'
After a week that saw Republican infighting leading to a dramatic near-shutdown situation for the Department of Homeland Security, House Speaker John Boehner was questioned on CBS’s “Face the Nation” about his leadership. Boehner downplayed the divisions and said that it wasn’t the big picture that they disagreed on, but rather how to accomplish it. […]
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Justice Department clears officer Darren Wilson

The Justice Department won't prosecute a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted the city and its law enforcement for racial bias and unconstitutional practices.

'Walking Dead' town for sale on eBay for $680K
Obsessed with zombies? Feel like you could run a town? Have a spare $680,000 lying around? If you meet those qualifications, you may just be in luck. Downtown Grantville, Georgia, featured on season three of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is up for sale on eBay, Buzzfeed reported. Grantville used to have a thriving textile industry. […]
Meet the 15-yr-old who makes $300K babysitting
Well here’s a story that will make you feel unproductive and inspired all in one fell swoop. Noa Mintz, a 15-year-old living in New York City, has changed up the nannying and babysitting game by creating her own company that matches families to their perfect sitter. The inspiration for Nannies by Noa was a simple […]
Federal judge blocks Nebraska's gay marriage ban

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban on Monday, but the decision will not take effect for a week and the attorney general's office immediately appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ebola Survivor Nina Pham to sue hospital
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS — Experimental drugs and special care helped make Nina Pham Ebola free. But today she fears she may never escape the deadly disease. The 26-year-old nurse says she has nightmares, body aches and insomnia as a result of contracting the disease from a patient she cared for last fall at Texas […]

Policy

Poll finds NSA fares best with millennials

Pew’s new poll on public views of various government agencies finds that a lot of agencies are viewed favorably by the majority of Americans—including the NSA, CDC, CIA, and VA.

O-care to blame for predicted shortage of doctors
America is on track to face a shortage of between 46,000 and 90,000 physicians by 2025 and Obamacare is one of the primary reasons. A new report by the Association of American Medical Colleges, released Tuesday, projects shortages in all areas of medical care thanks to demographics and the industry changes that came with the Affordable […]
Obama’s policing task force releases report

The Obama-appointed task force on “21st Century Policing” is out with its report, recommending reforms like body camera implementation and moving away from military-style operations like those seen in Ferguson.

Republican bill blocks move to ban AR-15 ammo

Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) has introduced a bill to counteract the Obama administration’s push to outlaw AR-15 ammunition.

Marquette grabs spot on 'worst' free speech list
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announced its fourth annual list of the top 10 threats to free speech on campus this week and to no one’s surprise, the major controversy at Marquette University had caught the attention of the organization. Marquette is currently in the process of trying to revoke the tenure of conservative professor […]

Education

Democrat announces support for student debt strike
The U.S. Department of Education makes billions off of student loan repayments each year, but one Democrat congresswoman is standing behind a group of former students who are refusing to make payments on what they consider to be “illegitimate” loans. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Tuesday she supports the 15 former Everest College students who […]
Ed Dept. employees caught stealing student info
The U.S. Department of Education requires a lot of personal information when applying for federal student loans. While that information exchange can help students head to college, it also puts their personal information at risk — a trade-off federal employees appear to have exploited. The Daily Mail reported that multiple Education Department employees have been […]
DoE fires five student loan debt collectors
The U.S. Department of Education has killed its contracts with five companies that collect defaulted federal student loans after finding out that they made “innaccurate representations” to borrowers and presented them with “unacceptably high rates,” according to a news release.  The Department said it would end its contracts with Navient-owned Pioneer Credit Recovery, Coast Professional, Enterprise […]
House passes bill expanding college savings plans
THE HILL — The House passed legislation on Wednesday to enhance college savings plans that initially would have been reduced in President Obama’s budget this year. Passage of the bill, 401-20, comes after the Obama administration backed off a proposal to eliminate tax breaks for the college savings accounts in its fiscal 2016 budget. Nineteen […]
Panel begins draft of new student loan regs
Despite the nearly $22 billion shortfall it created last year, the Obama administration continued its push for a more generous and lenient income-based federal student loan repayment program this week. A federal panel began work Tuesday on a new set of regulations to expand the availability of this repayment program, known as Pay As You […]