Polititainment

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.

John Oliver questions U.S. drone strikes
President Obama and his frequent use of drone strikes were the target of John Oliver’s latest “evisceration” Sunday night. U.S. drones reportedly sent missiles into Yemen and the Waziristan province of Pakistan, Oliver reported on “Last Week Tonight.” But it was not mentioned on any American newscast. “There is something strange about the fact that […]
Jarrett makes cameo on 'The Good Wife'
White House adviser Valerie Jarrett made a cameo appearance as herself on the CBS hit, “The Good Wife,” Sunday night. Jarrett’s role was to encourage the main character Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, to run for public office. “I wanted to encourage you to run. The only way women are going to change the world […]

White House

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 […]
Altered pool reports give more proof against Obama’s ‘most transparent administration’ claims
“The most transparent administration in history” strikes again. The Washington Post reports that President Obama’s press aides have been censoring and changing details in pool reports. Pool reports are written by reporters for other reporters and give people an up-close look at the president beyond the official White House record. Details from pool reports are worked […]

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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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.

Obituary mourns Kardashian hater

Raymond Alan "Big Al" Brownley certainly didn't keep up with the Kardashians. Brownley passed away at the age of 82 this September, and his colorful obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette painted quite the picture of "Big Al."

Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
Things have changed and the secret is out. A group of five Swedish scientists have admitted to sneaking Bob Dylan lyrics into research articles for 17 years running, The Local reports. Two Professors from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, John Jundberg and Eddie Weitzberg, wrote a piece about gas passing through intestines, and decided to […]
California approves 'yes means yes' law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

Obama says mistrust of police corroding America

WASHINGTON (AP) — The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.

Policy

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, […]
Millennials moving out of parents' homes

Millennials are starting to move out of their parents' homes. As Fortune reports, new Census data demonstrates that Americans ages 18 to 34 are actually less likely to be living with their parents now than they were at the low point of the recession in 2011.

Christie has 'concerns' about Shaneen Allen case

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie remarked to a local radio program that he has "concerns" about the prosecution of legal gun owner Shaneen Allen, but deferred to the criminal justice system to have its say first before commenting further.

Education

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 […]
Default rate for federal student loans declines
The default rate on federal loans declined this fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday. Among students who left school in fiscal year 2011, 13.7 percent of students had defaulted on their federal loans by this year, according to the new data. This is slightly lower than the 14.7 percent rate for the […]