Polititainment

Stewart: Trump is every GOP stereotype
Jon Stewart can’t get enough of bashing Donald Trump, but on Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show, he actually made a solid point. In the Republican Party’s assessment of what went wrong in 2008 and 2012, when Democrats and Obama took the White House, they determined that it was because of the negative stereotypes that […]
Stewart downplays private Obama meeting
Jon Stewart insists that his quiet meetings with Obama weren’t that different from how most of his meetings go—with Obama basically saying, “Jon, why are you such an a—hole.” Politico reported earlier this week that Obama has twice called Stewart to the White House for private meetings where the president tried to sell Stewart on his agenda. […]
Tina Fey: Trump is 'great for comedy'
She is best known for her impersonation of Sarah Palin in the 2008 election, but Tina Fey says she’s found a new source of inspiration this time around. His name is Donald Trump, and you might know him from the tastefully placed signs tacked onto the sides of some skyscrapers, which it turns out, are not loved by […]
Jon Stewart mocks Obama's Kenya trip
Jon Stewart had a few problems with Obama’s Kenya trip—like how he lectured them on gay rights and women’s rights…despite the fact that Obama stayed totally mum on human rights abuses during a previous trip to Saudi Arabia. He was also amused by the passive aggression exhibited by Obama family members whom he did not […]
Obama's secret meetings with Jon Stewart
The “most open and transparent administration in history” already has quite the reputation for stonewalling and bullying the press. It’s little surprise that the president was also in the practice of secretly cajoling the Daily Show into plugging his agenda. A new Politico report reveals that Barack Obama twice called Jon Stewart to the White House for secret meetings—a process Stewart jokingly compared […]

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2016

Jeb Bush tries to make inroads with black voters
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was stumping in his home state of Florida ta the National Urban League Conference on Friday trying to make inroads with the black vote. Republicans hope Bush can win 14 percent of the black vote again like did in his 1998 run for the governor, reported National Journal.  Some even […]
Carly Fiorina frustrated by 'unclear' debate rules
With just days left until the top Republican candidates are chosen to participate in the first presidential debate, Carly Fiorina knows it is unlikely she will be selected to debate on the main stage. Fiorina expressed frustration with the debate process rules, which she described as “unclear” in a conference call with supporters on Thursday. Based […]
Is Rand Paul failing, or is it media hype?
Rand Paul’s presidential campaign is in trouble. According to Politico, the Paul campaign struggles with low morale, weak fundraising, and a failure to capitalize on the network of supporters his father had during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. All of these problems have resulted in low poll numbers. In the Quinnipiac University poll, Paul hasn’t […]
Mark Cuban would be Trump's VP if he was asked
Two long-time billionaire frenemies no longer have bad blood. Having already praised the Donald Trump as the “best thing to happen to politics” in decades, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is now open to the idea of being his running mate. Business Insider asked Cuban Thursday if he would consider running for vice president if […]
Poll: Clinton at all-time low favorability rating
The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could win their primaries, but a general election would prove a tougher slog. Donald Trump received 20 percent support from polled Republicans, but 30 percent of Republicans said they would “definitely not” support him, according to the July 23-28 poll. Scott Walker finished […]

Policy

Norton: D.C. is 'proud' to be a sanctuary city
Politicians in the nation’s capital are very “proud” that the city ignores federal laws. So said Washington D.C.’s delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton to a group of protestors on Thursday, according The Daily Caller. “We are proud to stand with our immigrants, documented and undocumented alike. Donald Trump has worked up Republicans around the nation […]
To jumpstart the economy, deregulate
One way to boost the American economy might be simple: change the regulatory environment. The Cato Institute released a new study, “Low-Hanging Fruit Guarded by Dragons: Reforming Regressive Regulation to Boost U.S. Economic Growth,” that suggests smaller improvements over grand changes. Optimistically, author Brink Lindsey states: Despite today’s polarized political atmosphere, it is possible to […]
D.C. floats proposal to increase the minimum wage
Washington D.C. might get a boost in its minimum wage, but the consequences aren’t as rosy as some supporters claim. Reason reported on a possible ballot measure for 2016 that would increase the hourly minimum wage in the District to $15. The problem is that “the relationship between low wages and poverty is extremely weak.” Education […]
LA City Council bans high capacity magazines
“Bring it on” was the challenge that Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian offered to the National Rifle Association after the city legislature unanimously voted Tuesday to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. “If the NRA wants to sue over this, bring it on,” said Krekorian. His wish just might come true. There may be a battle over gun […]
Legislators want metal detectors at theaters
Since airport security screeners are doing such a good job (read: failing over 95 percent of their undercover tests) one New York legislator wants to forcibly install metal detectors in basically every large public venue. In the wake of the Louisiana movie theater shooting, New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens) started whipping up legislation that […]

Education

Student's health coverage dropped over ACA mandate
Wheaton College will no longer provide health insurance to students due to the school’s opposition to the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Wheaton is a Christian liberal arts college in suburban Chicago that has roughly 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. This decision will affect a quarter of the student body that was expecting […]
UNH 'bias-free language guide' taken down
The University of New Hampshire has taken down its bias-free language guide after the abundance of negative media coverage it received. The guide that stirred national outrage for suggesting the word “American” is problematic, can no longer be found on the UNH website. It was removed on Thursday and replaced with a page on “inclusive excellence.” […]
Rutgers professor: U.S. is more brutal than ISIS
A professor at Rutgers University believes that the United States is more brutal than ISIS. Deepa Kumar is an associate professor of media studies at Rutgers and author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire. Kumar posted a controversial tweet back in March that recently resurfaced when the website SoCawlege discovered it and Fox News ran a segment on it. “Yes […]
Student banned from campus for social media posts
A student at Texas Christian University has been banned from campus and charged with disorderly conduct and inflicting “emotional harm” as a result of his controversial social media posts. After the Baltimore riots in April, TCU student Harry Vincent posted on Facebook, calling the rioters “hoodrat criminals” who receive government benefits. He also tweeted some insensitive opinions about […]
University: the word 'American' is problematic
Using the word “American” is now problematic according to the University of New Hampshire’s bias-free language guide that was reported on by Campus Reform. “An integral part of UNH’s mission is to continue to build an inclusive learning community, and the first step toward our goal is an awareness of any bias in our daily language,” says […]

Congress

Bipartisan bill would end ban on shipping alcohol
All it takes to see some bipartisanship in the U.S. House these days is a little booze. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), along with 24 co-sponsors that include four Republicans, has introduced a bill that would end a Prohibition-era ban on shipping alcohol through the U.S. Postal Service, The Hill reported. The USPS Shipping Equity Act would put the […]
Two GOP senators won't defund Planned Parenthood
At least two Republicans senators have announced that they will oppose a plan to defund Planned Parenthood being pushed by Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.). Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced Wednesday that they will not support the defunding effort proposed by their Republican colleagues. […]
Boehner unconcerned about resolution to topple him
During a press conference yesterday, John Boehner took a nonchalant approach toward efforts to oust him from his speaker of the House position. Representative Tim Meadows’s resolution for Boehner to vacate his seat didn’t stir Boehner to have a discussion, even. “You got a member here and a member there who are off the reservation,” […]
GOP Congressman wants Boehner to vacate his chair
A North Carolina Republican proposed a resolution to oust John Boehner his position as speaker of the House of Representatives, but it’s unlikely to have the desired effect. Representative Mark Meadows introduced a resolution that would remove Boehner and declare the position vacant. In the resolution, Meadows accuses Boehner of trying to consolidate power and […]
Penn. Rep. Fattah indicted in racketeering case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A longtime Philadelphia congressman who was indicted Wednesday paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son’s student loan debt and disguised a lobbyist’s bribe as payment for a car he never sold, federal prosecutors said. Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and […]

From Around the Web

Notorious RBG has been studying Notorious B.I.G.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been feeling more “Notorious” than ever lately. Better known on the internet as the Notorious R.B.G., Ginsburg finally dished on her online meme persona at an event hosted by Duke University School of Law on Wednesday night. While it took her some time to embrace the name — when […]
Fed grant covers $2.6M project on trucker obesity
As everything is a crisis, the federal government has tackled the newest one — overweight truck drivers. According to the Washington Free Beacon, the National Institutes of Health has spent more than $2.6 million for a project to supposedly improve the health of truck drivers. The taxpayer-funded project includes a weight loss competition and motivational phone […]
Lena Dunham outraged over legal sex work
Lena Dunham, tl;dr: making money from selling off aborted baby parts is great, but making money from consensual sex should get you thrown in jail. Dunham and a host of other Hollywood elites, including Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet, are protesting Amnesty International’s recent announcement that they support the decriminalization of consensual sex work. Amnesty […]
People enjoy life more with more economic freedom
A new study argues that, simply, economic freedom leads to a happier populace. The Frasier Institute, a Toronto-based think tank, recently released “Economic Freedom, Individual Perceptions of Life Control, and Life Satisfaction,” a study that analyzes how economic freedom influences an individual’s life. The study notes,“The well-being associated with economic freedom is valued by people […]
Fusion trolls on twitter about 'illegal immigrant'
Fusion has stepped up their trolling by creating a Twitter bot to try to shame people into not using the word “illegal immigrant.” Patrick Hogan and Jorge Rivas wrote an article on Fusion Tuesday and declared that it is no longer socially acceptable to use the terms “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien” to label — well –illegal […]