Polititainment

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 […]
Stewart covers atrocious Dem candidate

In New York’s 11th Congressional district, Democrats need to defeat Rep. Michael G. Grimm, who is facing 20 federal charges and was once caught on camera threatening to throw a reporter off a balcony. So you might think this race would be a walk in the park for them—until you meet their incredibly terrible candidate.

White House

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 […]
Obama names Ron Klain the Ebola ‘czar’ as precautions expand

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama turned to a trusted adviser to lead the nation's Ebola response on Friday as efforts to clamp down on any possible route of infection from three Texas cases expanded, reaching a cruise ship at sea and multiple airline flights.

Barack Obama’s credit card gets declined, leaving Michelle with the bill

Even being the president of the United States does not save you from everyone’s nightmare: the shame of having your credit card declined in public.

Christie’s daughter groans at the idea of her dad running for president

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) kids aren’t all on board with his possible run for the White House.

Congress

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 […]
Rand Paul talks with NAACP in Ferguson
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) met with black leaders in Missouri Friday and urged them to use the “ballot box” not riots in the street to try and make a change. Paul headed to Ferguson, the location of another police shooting, for a 45-minute “listening session” with a group of 20 local black leaders, including pastors, local business […]

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Report: 57,000 federal workers out on paid leave
If this isn’t a sign of bloated government, we don’t know what is. Over the past three years, the Obama administration had paid more than 57,000 workers to stay at home while they were investigated for alleged wrongdoing, The Washington Post reported. Collectively, taxpayers have paid out about $775 million in salaries for these workers, according […]
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Facebook rebukes DEA for stealing identities

Facebook has reacted to BuzzFeed’s report earlier this month that DEA agents impersonated a woman on Facebook during a criminal investigation, calling the DEA’s behavior “a knowing and serious breach” of their terms of service.

Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

WHO: Nigeria's Ebola outbreak is officially over
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease. Nigeria’s containment of the lethal disease is a “spectacular success story,” WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Nigeria reported 20 […]

Policy

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.

FCC member speaks out against 'Truthy' study
A Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission is speaking out against a federally funded study of  political ideas posted on social media. Commissioner Ajit Pai — one of two Republicans on the five-member FCC — penned a Washington Post op-ed over the weekend,  denouncing the National Science Foundation study of people’s communications on Twitter. He said the study is […]

Education

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.

Bigger threat: America or ISIS?
The “blame America first” crowd lives in dorms, too. Campus Reform landed in the Twilight Zone at Harvard University to ask students if they thought the United States or ISIS was a bigger threat to global peace, and because these kinds of videos in the world of academia are what they are, don’t be surprised […]