The 2014 '30 Under 30'

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Polititainment

'True Blood' star takes on Sarah Palin

Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays vampire Pam Ravenscroft on the HBO program, hit back at the former governor of Alaska for criticizing a recent episode.

Cher rants against Rand Paul
Thrown in between tweets about toothaches, costumes and pool time, Cher decided to rant about Sen. Rand Paul on Twitter Friday night. It was not clear what prompted the Twitter tirade. Cher had just finished giving an update on her toothache and five new “unbelievable” costumes when she switched gears. Mediaite postulated that she may […]
Joel helps explain GOP view on jobs
Apparently John Boehner’s press team is made up entirely of Billy Joel enthusiasts. The Library of Congress announced on Tuesday that this year’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will go to Joel. The prize “honors artists whose work has left a lasting impact on audiences and inspired new generations of performers.” And John Boehner’s press […]
Joan Rivers rips media over Israel

In which Joan Rivers takes a sledgehammer to the media.

Fla. pol proposes mandated D'Souza show

Florida State Senator Alan Hayes, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, is planning on introducing legislation to mandate that all Florida high schools show Dinesh D’Souza’s new film "America." That is, unless parents don’t want their kids to see it.

White House

Golfer finds Obama’s golf ball in the woods, says president’s game is ‘off line’
President Barack Obama is “off line again.” Or at least his golf game appears to be. Instagram user larrydoh posted a picture of a Titleist 44 golf ball labeled “POTUS” on Saturday. He found the golf ball at the Congressional Country Club, one day after POTUS played the same course himself. “Obama played at Congressional […]
Polls: Obama White House incompetent at managing, worse than Darth Vader

The job of the administrative branch is to, well, administer the laws. According to a new Fox News poll released on Wednesday, most Americans think that the Obama administration is failing dismally at the task.

Obama wants ‘idealism and optimism’ for millennials in face of Congressional ‘crisis,’ refuses to recognize he is part of the problem
Now that “hope and change” seems to be played out, President Barack Obama has come up with a new catchphrase for millennials – “idealism and optimism.” In a speech at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Seattle, Wash. Tuesday night, Obama asked young people not to give up their natural idealism and optimism because of […]
President Obama admits he does not watch the news

During a speech during a Democratic National Committee event in Seattle, Washington Tuesday night, President Obama confessed that he doesn't watch the news. Throughout the speech, Obama predictably complained about the incompetence of our "broken" Congress and urged his liberal audience to get enthusiastic about voting for Democrats in the midterm elections this fall.

Congress and the President actually take action, Obama says ‘it’s so much fun’
“Girls just want to have fun,” Cyndi Lauper belts in her famous song. Apparently President Barack Obama wants to join her. “Let’s do this more often. It’s so much fun,” Obama said at a bill signing on Tuesday. Obama gathered in White House with members of Congress to sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This […]

Congress

Congresswoman's 'miracle baby' turns one
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R- Wash.) and her husband Dan recently celebrated the first birthday of their “miracle baby,” Abigail Rose. The couple learned early into the congresswoman’s pregnancy that their baby had Potter’s Syndrome. The condition causes a lack of amniotic fluid which prevents the baby’s growth and development, especially of the kidneys. Jaime […]
Obama throws more fuel on lawsuit fire
It appears President Barack Obama plans to keep up his “So sue me” attitude this week. House Speaker John Boehner penned an op-ed Sunday in USA Today that outlined the specifics of the planned lawsuit against the president. He had announced in late June that he would file a lawsuit against Obama on behalf of the […]
Norton: 'You don't have a right to know'

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton played down the importance of government transparency during a House hearing Friday, speaking out against Republican-led attempts to compel a White House official to appear before the Government and Oversight Committee.

Politicians struggle to 'live the wage'

Goodbye three-course power lunches at swanky D.C.  steakhouses. Hello Ramen noodles and PB&J.

Paul Ryan unveils new anti-poverty agenda

In another example of the Republican Party expanding its policy tent, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled a new poverty-fighting agenda Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute.

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From Around The Web

10 years later: Obama's hits and blunders
POLITICO – Barack Obama’s Democratic National Convention keynote delivered 10 years ago Sunday evening started his journey to the White House. Those 18 minutes in Boston reshaped American politics. Obama spent a long passage of his speech extolling Democratic nominee John Kerry, but he wasn’t the one whose presidential prospects most people left the Fleet Center […]
U.S. Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional on Monday in the first such decision by a federal appellate court in the South. “We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws,” Judge […]
Lawmakers unveil $17 billion bill to reform VA

WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- House and Senate negotiators have unveiled a $17 billion plan to overhaul the way the nation’s veterans obtain medical care, including a $10 billion provision to privatize services to help shorten long wait times.

North Korea threatens nuke strike on White House
A North Korean official threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and the Pentagon Sunday, calling it a strike on “the sources of all evil.” Relations between the United States and North Korea have been cooling over the summer as North Korea put two American tourists on trial in June and the US participated […]
Aid Group: 2 Americans have Ebola in Liberia

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia, a relief group official said.

Policy

Seattle will not vote on $15 minimum wage
Seattle voters will not get to a chance to weigh in on the city’s new $15 an hour minimum wage increase this November, after two petitions failed to get enough validated signatures. A letter from Sherril Huff, the King County elections director, to Seattle City Clerk Monica Simmons was sent on July 22 to inform […]
Not 'Living the Wage' is best bet for supporters
Instead of taking a cab, he walked for a mile in 90 degree heat. Instead of fresh fruits and vegetables, he ate bologna and McDonalds. His budget—$77, a minimum wage equivalent—still ran out before the week was up, which meant he lost the “Live the Wage” challenge.   It was the best outcome former Gov. Ted […]
Judge: D.C. handgun law unconstitutional

Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. on Saturday declared that the law in Washington, D.C., preventing individuals from carrying handguns in public is unconstitutional.

 

Florida congressman: No 'border security problem'

Congressman Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) doesn't think the United States has a border security issue despite the fact that over 57,000 children have already crossed the southern border into the country illegally this year.

It's time to reframe the minimum wage debate
Minimum wage jobs are jobs for people that have no skills. These jobs are the type of work that most people “would not really want to do under any circumstances.” Wait, what? Americans United for Change, a progressive group, announced its new “Live the Wage” challenge Monday morning, calling on lawmakers and citizens to attempt […]

Obamacare

Obamacare whiz named 'Mr. Mandate' rebuts left

In a twist on John Kerry, this guy was against them before he was for them.

Government watchdog shows Obamacare fraud is easy

Earlier this year, investigators from the Government Accountability Office attempted to defraud the Obamacare insurance exchange. They wanted to see if it was possible for someone to get insurance subsidies using false application information.

They found it was shockingly easy.

Judge Dishes Out Pizza Analogy in Obamacare Ruling
As many teachers can attest, learning is always easier when there’s food involved. That’s why we’re grateful that a federal judge served up a mouthwatering pizza analogy to help explain his stance in Tuesday’s complicated Obamacare ruling. The question at the center of the ruling was whether an online healthcare marketplace or ‘exchange’ run by […]
Hillary Clinton: Fix Obamacare

Hillary Clinton visited Twitter headquarters in San Francisco Monday to participate in an interview during which she addressed Obamacare and expressed America's duty to "fix" the universal health care law.

Man spends 3 months trying to cancel Obamacare
David Emanuel recently figured out dropping Obamacare may be more difficult than originally signing up, if you can believe that. The Oklahoma man, who turned 65 in April, had planned to terminate his insurance with BlueCross BlueShield. His new age gave him eligibility for Medicare. Emanuel had previously signed up for his insurance plan through […]