Alec Baldwin for New York City mayor?
Alec Baldwin for New York City Mayor? Well, if he can’t be one in real life, he at least plans to play one on TV. Deadline reported Friday that Baldwin will star in and executive produce an untitled series for HBO where he “will play Joe Byrne, a billionaire real estate developer philanthropist, and celebrated socialite/tabloid fixture, […]
The Daily Show rips into Florida gun law

The Daily Show sent one of their “correspondents” down to Florida to "investigate" Governor Rick Scott’s law banning doctors from asking their patients about gun ownership.

Kimmel on the DEA's 'stoner rabbit' fear

In one of the more ridiculous anti-pot arguments we've seen in a while, the DEA in Utah is super concerned that, if they legalize edibles for medical use, all the local bunnies will get stoned out of their minds and lose their natural instincts.

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.

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

DeSantis, Lee push for higher education reform
Higher education is finally getting some attention from Republicans in Congress. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R- Fla.) introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act Wednesday, the House companion legislation to what was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Mike Lee (R- Utah). The HERO Act would allow states to create their own accreditation systems for […]
Can Congress pass NSA reform in the next 100 days?

After failing to pass NSA reform last year, Congress has less than 100 days left to try again, or allow the entire phone metadata program to sunset on June 1.

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.

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Harrison Ford crash-lands plane into golf course

On Thursday, one of Hollywood's pre-eminent stars added a plane crash to an aviation record that includes both mishaps and service to others.

6-yr-old suspended for making gun with his hands

A Colorado Springs first grader, Elijah, shaped his fingers like a gun, looked at a classmate, and said "bang, you're dead."

You gotta fight for your right to eat pizza
  BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK — There are 11,781 registered lobbyists in Washington, more than enough to represent even the most arcane special interests. The American Racing Pigeon Union has a lobbying firm to work on its behalf. So do the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, the Owners of Ivory Miniatures, and the International Natural Sausage Casing Association. Within […]
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. […]

Policy

RI to consider recreational marijuana legalization
Rhode Island state lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would end recreational marijuana prohibition and create a system to begin regulating and taxing weed. This is the fourth year such a proposal has been put forward, the Huffington Post reported. The state legalized medical marijuana in 2006 and advocates have been saying that this would be a […]
Job growth continues in February, but not wages

U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000. It was the latest sign that the U.S. economy is further strengthening and outpacing other major economies around the world.

The Biblical case for marijuana legalization

A Republican lawmaker from Texas wants to not only legalize pot, but tax and regulate it like any other plant, completely free of sin taxes.

Govt encryption ban left milllions open to hacking

The U.S. government has a history of meddling with encryption. And thanks to a 90’s policy banning the export of strong encryption to other countries, millions of websites, including government websites like Whitehouse.gov and NSA.gov, were infected by a “major security flaw” for over ten years, the Washington Post reports.

NYPD commissioner blames murder rate on marijuana

It’s been quite a week for anti-pot arguments: first it was that smoking marijuana will give you a heart attack; then that all the wildlife—particularly bunnies—will get stoned; and now that legal pot ups the murder rate.

Education

Fed president drops truth bombs on student loans
With the U.S. making billions off of federal student loan collections each year, it’s easy to see why you don’t see a lot of action or talk in Washington on the subject. Even rarer is to hear a federal employee make a plain assertion about just how dangerous an investment they can be. But William […]
DoE to consider forgiving Corinthian student loans
In what could become a precedent-setting move, the U.S. Department of Education is now “carefully considering” forgiving federal student loans for students affiliated with Corinthian Colleges Inc. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which was once one of the largest for-profit higher-education companies in North America, closed or sold dozens of its campuses in a deal with the U.S. Department […]
IG: Stolen identities used to obtain student loans
Your identity may have been used to fraudulently take out hundreds of thousands in student loans and you wouldn’t even know it. A new U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General report shared frightening findings about the growing prevalence of fraudsters applying for student loan funding using stolen identities. About $187 million in student loans and […]
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 […]