The 2014 '30 Under 30'

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Polititainment

The royal photobomb and selfie

The selfie epidemic has officially gone royal.

Miller wants Obama to go on long vacay

President Barack Obama hopes to "be on a beach somewhere drinking out of a coconut" in 2017. Comedian Dennis Miller wants him there now.

Daily Show on ACA madness: blame Boehner

May Jon Stewart's viewership not be goldfish in remembering the full breadth of the Affordable Care Act saga. "A mediocre Scrabble hand" is but a flash point in a much larger and difficult game.

Stewart challenges McCain to 'wrong-off'
  Sen. John McCain and The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart have engaged themselves in a televised media war. McCain recently appeared on Media Buzz where he was asked if he believes Stewart is fair to Republicans. Stewart used this clip in his monologue Tuesday night and replied to the question with “does the Pope sh*t […]
Long-shot for House may be on reality TV

Nick Di Iorio may have to settle for the TV screen instead of the U.S. House floor.

White House

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 […]
Josh Earnest criticizes negative story for quoting anonymous sources, forgets the White House is always quoted anonymously

When White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest took a potshot at anonymous sources during a Monday briefing, he probably should have picked a meeker reporter.

Congress

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.

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 […]

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From Around The Web

Thomas the Tank Engine: Racist, Sexist, Classist
“Thomas the Tank Engine” is racist. Guardian blogger Tracy Van Slyke seems to have gone full steam ahead on the crazy train, when she called out the children’s TV show for being sexist, racist and classist. That’s pretty good for a show with one recognizable human character (Sir Topham Hatt). If you devoted some portion […]
Montana Dem's thesis presented others’ work as his

THE NEW YORK TIMES -- Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man.

Veteran is forgotten, locked in a VA clinic

The Veterans Administration has yet another case to add to its long list of apologies.

CA law will allow underage students to drink
Underage college students studying winemaking or beer-brewing in California are now able to legally taste alcoholic beverages while in class. Gov. Jerry Brown approved the “sip-and-spit”  bill on Monday, adding California to a list of 12 other states with similar laws on drinking in the name of education. But as the saying goes, if it […]
Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, potentially derailing billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

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

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 […]
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, […]