Polititainment

Actress: I made 'constitutional' stand

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts said Monday morning that she made a stand for her "constitutional rights" in resisting the LAPD late last week.

Gillibrand Madam Secretary inspiration

After first revealing that CBS' upcoming "Madam Secretary" series was inspired by Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, the show's producers are now saying that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was more of the inspiration for the lead role.

 

Maher compares GOP rep. to ISIS, Ebola

Liberal comedian Bill Maher announced who he calls the "winning loser" in Congress during a live taping of "Real Time with Bill Maher" in Washington, D.C., Friday, and that loser is Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.).

Paul Ryan not keen on Rage

Everyone’s favorite iron-pumping, fiscal-hawking, ice bucket-lifting, Rand-reading, chart-drawing 2016 presidential possibility is Raging no longer.

Sharknado 3 could be heading to D.C.
Because apparently two “Sharknado” movies weren’t enough, the SyFy Channel has already confirmed a third film in the series. The official location has been kept hush-hush, new reports indicate that Washington D.C. may be the latest city to be devoured by flying sharks. Showbiz 411 reports: “‘Sharknado 3,’ the next installment of the now classic […]

White House

Two remarkable stories show why these Vietnam vets earned an exemption to receive the Medal of Honor

Two Vietnam War veterans who were granted an exemption to receive the Medal of Honor were officially recognized Monday, recalling the extraordinary courage of servicemen often obscured by the tumultuous domestic politics of the era.

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has spread across both countries.

Golf courses are now rejecting President Obama

A president can no longer just golf like a major champion today.

Crushing: The golf industry fights the Obama administration

How's this for a hook: The golf industry is fighting the Obama administration.

Little boy face plants on White House couch in front of President Obama

The above photo from the White House Flickr account shows a little blond boy more taken with the White House's comfy couches than with President Obama himself.

Congress

GOP has advantage in midterms on immigration

Politico poll conducted between August 29 and September 7 shows that voters deciding this tight races trust Republicans over Democrats to handle immigration.

Poll finds that likely voters remain uninformed
A Rasmussen poll released on Thursday found that just weeks before the midterm elections, more than one-third of Americans likely to vote in 2014 don’t know which party controls the House and Senate. For months political analysts have been anxiously trying to predict if the country’s dissatisfaction with President Obama’s policies will be enough to […]
WaPo analysis shows Democrats driving polarization
President Obama and many leading Democrats are publicly complaining that Republicans have created a polarized political environment which prevents them from accomplishing necessary business, like immigration reform and Obamacare. But according to the analysis of L.J. Zigerell, a political scientist writing for the Washington Post, the reverse is true. Over the past 30 years, Democrats […]
Clyburn: 'Sexting' can encourage people to vote
Freudian slip or simple mistake? Rep. James Clyburn (D- S.C.) encouraged the use of “sexting” on C-SPAN recently, calling it a great “tool” to get people out to vote. As first noted by the Daily Caller, Clyburn was responding to a caller who was concerned about the Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin shootings. He told […]
Dems attempt to amend the Bill of Rights fails
Senate Republicans unanimously rejected a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday afternoon that would have restricted political speech. The amendment was designed by Democrats as a way to allow Congress would authorize Congress and the states to regulate and limit fundraising and spending on federal candidates. It would also prevent the Supreme Court from reversing any future campaign finance […]

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UO sells Kent State shirt with blood-like stains
As part of its “sun-faded vintage collection” Urban Outfitters put up a Kent State University sweatshirt complete with blood-like red stains for sale on its website. The sweatshirt immediately called to mind the 1970 Kent State shooting, in which four students were killed and nine others were wounded on the university campus after an Army […]
Parents Poised for Easier Access to College Loans

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The Obama administration is moving to ease access to student loans for parents with damaged credit, a policy reversal that could saddle poor families with piles of debt but also boost college enrollment.

Even with GOP Senate, education plan could stall

POLITICO -- Sen. Lamar Alexander has a plan to overhaul the education system if he becomes chairman of the Senate’s education committee next year, starting with rewriting the divisive No Child Left Behind act and moving to create more school vouchers and deregulate higher education soon after.

'Six Californias' fails to make California ballot

USA TODAY -- So much for the West Coast states of Jefferson and Silicon Valley — at least for now.

Clinton allies target Iowa youth

THE HILL -- The Ready for Hillary Super-PAC is visiting six college campuses in Iowa next week, piggybacking on Hillary Clinton’s first visit to the state since her disappointing loss in the 2008 presidential election.

Policy

Rand Paul makes an Anthony Weiner joke
While speaking to the New Hampshire chapter of Generation Opportunity about the need for privacy and the extent of government overreach, Sen. Rand Paul (R – Ky.) managed to fit in a joke that included both disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner and the woman at the center of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner. “How many […]
House OKs Cassidy's 'keep your plan' bill
THE HILL – The House passed legislation Thursday to allow people to keep their insurance plans under ObamaCare even if the coverage doesn’t meet all of its requirements. Twenty-five Democrats broke ranks to help pass the bill in the 247-167 vote, including Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Nick Rahall (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), who are among the most vulnerable […]
CA passes law to protect bad reviews online
Residents of California officially have the freedom to write as many bad Yelp reviews as they want. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2365, known as the “Yelp Bill,” into law on Tuesday, making it illegal for businesses to prohibit or fine customers from writing negative online reviews. Online reviews can have a major […]
Obamacare partners give to the GOP
THE HILL – Health insurance executives are tilting their campaign giving toward Republicans even as they work closely with the White House to sign people up for ObamaCare. The insurance industry’s lead political action committee, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) PAC, has donated $162,500 to Republicans this election cycle, compared to $115,500 to Democrats, according to […]
Obamacare rates going up in Nebraska next year
WATCHDOG – Premiums for Obamacare health insurance plans sold in Nebraska will go up nearly 11 percent next year — one of the biggest hikes in the nation— according to preliminary rates released by the state Insurance Department. That’s after Nebraska experienced some of the biggest premium hikes in the nation after the launch of the Affordable Care Act […]

Education

Youtube to Michelle: Address high cost of college
While Youtube comments are usually full of name-calling and NSFW postings, First Lady Michelle Obama might actually want to hear from the commenters on her latest video interview. It can only help. Obama appeared on Youtube celebrity Tyler Oakley’s channel Friday to promote her “Reach Higher” initiative. The “Reach Higher” initiative is “the First Lady’s effort […]
'Back to School' helps show value of a degree
EconPop, a Youtube video series that pulls out economic lessons from films and pop culture, is tackling the value of education in its latest video. Using the 1980s movie “Back to School,” comedian Andrew Heaton talks about a person’s human capital. “Education is one of the most important investments in your human capital,” he said. He […]
The college where students minor in craft beer
“He was a wise man who invented beer.”    -Plato You probably guzzled down a lot of beer in college, but did you brew any of it? Or, even better, get credit hours for it? Now, students can minor in craft-beer brewing at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York, the college announced this month. […]
Students asked to compare George W.Bush and Hitler
Calling them “two men of power who abused their power in various ways,” a sixth grade teacher at McKinley Middle School in Washington D.C. sent home a Venn diagram with students and asked them to compare and contrast former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler. The egregious assignment first appeared on Twitter late Wednesday. Here's […]
Two senators to introduce student loans bill

Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) plan to introduce legislation to simplify the options available to repay student loan debt in order to combat the expensive crisis that our nation's college students and graduates are currently facing.