The 2014 '30 Under 30'

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Polititainment

EPA office tweets about Kardashian game

This is the closest the Obama administration will come to endorsing Kimye.

Sen. Ted Cruz featured on 'True Blood'
Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård and Sen. Ted Cruz all in one place? Sunday night’s episode of HBO’s “True Blood” used the Texas senator and a fictional fundraiser at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas as a plot point. Cruz and the guests at the presidential library weren’t featured in a very positive light, […]
CBS Show based on Hillary and Benghazi
A new CBS television series was inspired by Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, the show’s producer announced this week at the Television Critics Association summer tour. Lori McCreary, an executive producer for “Madam Secretary,” and Morgan Freeman had been in talks with CBS about coming up with a scripted series and had been “trying to come […]
Fallon: Can Cheney take Biden?
In his opening monologue on the Tonight Show on Thursday night, Jimmy Fallon poked fun at politicians of all levels, starting with crackhead Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who is currently running for reelection. “Rob Ford faced off in the debate against his four major challengers and, contrary to popular belief, they were not crack, whiskey, […]
Stewart mocks CIA cafeteria complaints

In the wake of the recently publicized CIA cafeteria complaints, comedian Jon Stewart took a huge risk by inviting a concealed culinary whistlebower from the agency on "The Daily Show" Wednesday.

White House

President ignores foreign policy and immigration crises in weekly address
Rather than discussing the multiple foreign policy concerns or the border crisis, President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday morning to essentially repeat his speech on the economy and the middle class. “Our economy grows best not from the top-down, but from the middle-out.  We do better when the middle class does better.  So […]
Michelle Obama uses third annual Kids’ State Dinner contest to promote healthy eating, promises to give up french fries
Chef Elena Hirsch’s winning omelet recipe—aptly titled “Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-let” —landed the 11-year-old a seat at the third annual Kids’ State Dinner, held at the White House on Friday. Hirsch is one of the winners of this year’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” contest.  The contest asks children ages 8 to 12  to submit healthy lunchtime recipes […]
Will Joe Biden’s off-hand comments on immigration force Obama’s hand again?
Will Vice President Joe Biden’s off-hand comments force President Barack Obama’s hand again? At the progressive conference Netroots Nation Thursday, Biden’s speech was interrupted by protesters chanting, “Stop Deporting our Families!” When Biden couldn’t get them to stop, he responded to them,  “I respect your view and I share your view.” He then encouraged the crowd […]
On Hectic Day, ‘No Drama’ Obama Sticks to Schedule
WALL STREET JOURNAL — Barack Obama’s unflappability was a selling point on the 2008 campaign trail, with aides proudly donning T-shirts reading, “No Drama Obama.” But as much of an asset as it was for the candidate, Mr. Obama’s steady-as-she-goes approach to life can cause problems as president. This conflict was on full display Thursday, […]
Obama scolds Republicans in Congress for ‘political games’ during speech on the economy

In a speech on the economy in McLean, Virginia, Tuesday, President Obama continued his verbal assault of Republicans in Congress for their plan to sue him over his use of executive action.

Congress

Cruz to Reid: Leave Ritz-Carlton, go to Border
After President Obama turned him down, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) invited Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to join him at the border.  In response to Reid’s recent claim that the border is secure, Cruz said on Fox News Sunday that Reid’s perspective is skewed because he “lives in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C.” “I would invite […]
Graham: Immigration reform crucial for 2016
Immigration reform will be crucial to the 2016 presidential election, at least one Republican senator believes. Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press’” with David Gregory Sunday morning to discuss foreign policy and the border crisis. “Senator, the crisis on the border, immigration reform. This is an international problem. But it’s also a big […]
Cruz: Obama loves to blame problems on Bush
Why won’t President Barack Obama and Congress work to end Obama’s push for amnesty at the border? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believes the reason stems back to the Bush era. Cruz’s argument is that Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is the reason for the surge of child immigrants from Central America seeking illegal entry into […]
Rand Paul wants to see minimum wage be 'temporary'
Sen. Ran Paul has a very different take on minimum wage from the Obamas, a point of detraction he made clear Saturday at the Reboot conference for libertarians and conservatives in the tech sector. Unlike President Barack Obama, who wants to see the minimum wage raised nationwide so people can live permanently on it, Paul argues […]
AZ Rep is tweeting #ObamaFailures every 30 minutes
Rep. Trent Franks from Arizona must have woken up Wednesday with a lot on his mind. Luckily in times like that, Twitter is always there for you. Franks took to his official Twitter page to begin a list of #ObamaFailures. Every 30 minutes he tweets another failure to add to the list and will continue […]

From Around The Web

Veteran gifts Purple Heart to stabbing victim
In a touching act, an anonymous veteran gifted his or her own Purple Heart to a young girl recovering from a recent stabbing, NBC News reports. The girl was stabbed 19 times on May 31, when two friends lured her out to the woods and attacked her. The two friends, both 12 years old, confessed they […]
Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) — An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.

IRS: Lost Lois Lerner emails may still exist

WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- Could the IRS have those missing Lois Lerner emails after all?

Forget dog shaming. Politicians are the new target
First, there was dog shaming and then roommate shaming. Are politicians the next group to get the shaming treatment? Pennsylvania state lawmakers are applying the popular technique to their former colleagues that have been convicted of crimes. The portraits of four former lawmakers that hang in the State Capitol building in Harrisburg, Penn. will include plaques engraved with their crimes. […]

Policy

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 […]
Redditors criticize Warren over student loan bill

The front page of the Internet showed Elizabeth Warren's student loan bill the back door.

French food blogger fined $3,400 for bad review

Freedom of speech on the Internet is still new territory for judicial systems, and courts the world over are responding to conflicts in very different ways.

Snowden: I can live with 'chains' in Gitmo
Edward Snowden thinks a lot of himself. The National Security Agency-analyst turned either traitor or Robin Hood, depending on your ideological leanings, has already taken offense to news outlets that described him as an analyst instead of a spy, and rests peacefully knowing that he has “done the right thing.” Now he says he could […]

Obamacare

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 […]
Hate Obamacare? Move to a U.S. territory
Puerto Rico—home of sandy beaches, balmy weather, and, as of Wednesday, a possible influx of Americans escaping Obamacare. In a letter posted Wednesday, the Health and Human Services department exempted the U.S. territories from many of the law’s main provisions. This comes after the territories expressed concern that Obamacare would make their insurance market unsustainable, […]
Ryan: Obamacare violates founding principles
Politicians are famous for giving stump speeches at nursing homes and senior centers, lauding the merits of Social Security and promising more pill programs and subsidies. What is more rare is for a politician to speak about the competing ideologies which drive conservatives and liberals, as Rep. Paul Ryan did today during a lunch held […]
That Obamacare is one freaky carnival

"It's magical, it's mysterious, it's mandatory."

SCOTUS sides with Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.