Polititainment

Stewart wants to move 'home' to England

Jon Stewart is having second thoughts about the whole “American independence from Britain” thing.

Colbert: Obama is stealing Bush's lines

Colbert observed Monday night that some of Obama's recent comments on ISIS and Iraq seem a little familiar.

Liberal lobbying firm makes ‘Bibi-Yoncé’

If you’ve ever thought that the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reminded you a lot of a Beyoncé song, liberal Middle East lobbying group J Street has the internet campaign for you!

Bush's cool reaction to 'Scandal'

Judy Smith, former special assistant and deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush and inspiration for "Scandal" main character Olivia Pope, spoke to an art and commerce conference Friday about Bush's reaction to the storyline of the ABC series.

Actress wants more female politicians

In an interview with Politico, Davis spotlighted a recently released study that found only 10 percent of politicians in films in the world are played by female actors, which was completed in part by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media.

White House

Holder resigns with 26 percent approval rating, making him third least popular Obama cabinet member

Attorney General Eric Holder’s dismal 26 percent approval rating as he steps down from his duties still leaves him as only the third least popular Obama administration official to resign.

Barack Obama doesn’t celebrate National Coffee Day. He celebrates tee time.

Look. We get it. The president gave his coffee salute, The Semper Latte, just days ago, recent enough to use for National Coffee Day jokes from dusk 'til decaf. But aren't we missing an opportunity here?

U.S. Grants $450M to Community Colleges To Link Job Training To Employers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration’s strategy for improving wages and reducing unemployment. Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts and Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley Technical College received the […]
WH: Secret Service’s ‘task is incredible’
THE HILL – The White House said Sunday it remained confident in the Secret Service despite news that the agency didn’t realize for five days that bullets had hit the White House in a 2011 shooting incident. “I know the Secret Service is on top of this and they will take every necessary step to correct […]
Even hardcore left states don’t believe Obama is doing a good job
President Obama is facing more bad approval ratings, but this time they are coming from states that used to be his biggest fans. Just 39 percent of registered voters in New York responded to a new Marist College poll that they believed Obama was doing an “excellent” or “good” job. This is the lowest level […]

Congress

McCain: Rand Paul 'trusts me' in military matters

McCain thinks he would wield a great deal of influence over a potential President Paul, “particularly on the military side of things.”

Rep introduces bill to ban porn on gov. computers
Most people wouldn’t think to browse porn at work, but then again, most people aren’t federal employees. Earlier this year it was discovered that one EPA official had been browsing pornography for two to six hours a day while at work and now Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill explicitly “prohibit[ing] the access […]
DWS repeated 'back of his hand' line
Apparently when Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz finds a phrase she likes she is going to repeat it, no matter how offensive. For the second time within the past month, footage of the DNC chairwoman has surfaced in which she accused a Republican governor of giving women “the back of his hand.” Republican Super […]
Twitter squashes Schumer's tribute to Eric Holder

One could see how Schumer's simile may have been a stretch. Twitter certainly did.

Lawmakers take in $608 per hour for time in D.C.
THE HILL – Congress will be in session for only eight days during a 102-day span between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, when lawmakers are set to return for a lame-duck session after the elections. Because the annual salary for members of the House is $174,000, their hourly wage for those eight days amounts to $608 […]

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From Around The Web

Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest

BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic champion Michael Phelps apologized Tuesday for his latest brush with the law, saying he was "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down" with an arrest for DUI.

Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US

DALLAS (AP) — A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday.

Mike Rowe teaches fan the meaning of tolerance
Facebook isn’t usually the best place to try and talk some reason into a person, but if anyone can it’s “Dirty Jobs” star Mike Rowe. Rowe recently appeared on Glenn Beck’s show to discuss mikeroweWORKS, his foundation. A fan by the name of Tobey Gloss was not pleased by this appearance and posted an overdramatic […]
White House front door now locks automatically

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach.

Ill. gov all kinds of jacked up about Olive Garden

The office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced the opening of Chicago's first Olive Garden Monday as if the Cubs had just won the World Series.

Policy

Economists agree: Don't restrict Uber

Economists are confirming what anyone who has ever taken a taxi already knows: Uber and Lyft are good for consumers.

 

Restaurant offers discount to gun carriers

Bergeron's Restaurant in Port Allen, Louisiana, is offering a 10 percent discount to customers who enter the restaurant carrying guns. The deal was initially intended to bring in business from law enforcement officers, but when other gun-toting customers asked owner Kevin Cox for the discount, he enthusiastically agreed.

Apple's iOS 8 not as secure as you think

The FBI is apparently furious at Apple for new security measures that lock them out of people’s smart phones, even with valid search warrants. But iPhone users should know the vaunted security measures aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

FBI 'very concerned' about iPhone lock
HUFFINGTON POST – FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he was “very concerned” about new steps Silicon Valley tech giants were taking to strengthen privacy protections on mobile devices. “I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is beyond the law,” Comey told […]
Applications for US unemployment rise 12K to 293K
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy. Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 293,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Yet the four-week average, […]

Education

Factual Feminist: Free speech exists on campus

When a student newspaper at the University of Alaska Fairbanks wrote a satirical story about their campus dedicating “a new building in the shape of a vagina” to honor their female demographic, they soon found their 2013 April Fools prank under investigation for sexual harassment.

 

Common Core Tests Will Be Longer Than LSATs
The Washington Post reports that the new Common Core-aligned PARCC exams will take 8-11 hours to complete, depending on students’ grade-level.
California can now offer $10K bachelor's degrees
California is now officially the 22nd state to allow for community college bachelor’s degrees. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that will allow up to 15 community colleges to launch bachelor’s degrees programs, the Sacramento Bee reports. The pilot program is set to begin no later than the 2017-18 academic year and end in 2024. These degrees will […]
RAP Minute: Ashley Dobson on Obama ed reg

This week, Red Alert's Deputy Editor Ashley Dobson discusses a new education rule from the Obama administration that may harm the students it's trying to help most. 

New plan to reduce student loans for gov. workers
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) proposed legislation Wednesday to would make it easier for government workers to get their student loans forgiven. “Teachers, police officers, public health workers and other public servants should be applauded and supported—and not drowned in debt to pay for the degrees many such jobs require,” Blumenthal said in a release. “The […]