Polititainment

George Will to Colbert: Liberals don't want change

Conservative commentator and hapless Chicago Cubs fan George Will swung by "The Colbert Report" Tuesday to plug his new book, "A Nice Little Place on the North Side," but naturally, the conversation didn't stick to baseball.

Clay Aiken: voters 'might wonder'

Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken concedes that voters "might wonder" about his candidacy for Congress for a new ad.

Los Angeles GOP #StandingWithSriracha

Forget #StandWithRand -- the GOP is now choosing to #StandWithSriracha.

WH responds to 'Deport Justin Bieber' petition

Despite the pleas of more than 270,000 Americans to deport Justin Bieber, the White House has chosen not to weigh in on the issue. However, the Obama administration did use a petition calling on the White House to revoke the pop artist's visa to plug President Barack Obama's plan for immigration reform.

Secret Service once threatened Mr. Met

Mr. Met sure has a lot of fans in New York. But the larger-than-life mascot definitely doesn't have one in the Secret Service, who threatened to shoot and kill him if he approached President Bill Clinton, according to a firsthand account.

White House

Donald Trump is really upset with the way Obama walks

President Barack Obama just can't seem to do anything right, especially in the eyes of real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Obama misses 67 percent of his shots playing basketball at Easter event

President Barack Obama went 1-for-3 shooting baskets at a White House Easter event Monday, prompting basketball scouts to question the leader of the free world's scoring ability ahead of this June's NBA Draft.

PETA is peeved with Michelle Obama and used little girls to tell her about it

First Lady Michelle Obama has earned the ire of three young girls. But they're not upset with her less-than-filling "Let's Move!" school lunches. Instead, these youngins are upset about the real eggs used in the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Jay Carney: “Never been a more transparent administration”

Despite consistent objections by journalists that the White House overly restricts press access, Press Secretary Jay Carney believes that there has "never been a more transparent administration."

Jay Carney: Toughest interview for Obama in 2012 was with Jon Stewart

Give comedian Jon Stewart a gold star sticker. The host of The Daily Show was President Barack Obama's toughest interviewer during the 2012 election cycle, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.

Congress

Arkansas US Sen. John Boozman having surgery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Boozman is undergoing surgery at an Arkansas hospital.

Republicans are winning the Twitters this year

Congrats, Congressional Republicans -- you're winning the Twitters so far in 2014!

Rep Black: GOP budget makes a path to a bright future

Our nation is $17.4 trillion in debt and out of control Washington spending has no end in sight. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that on our current trajectory we will return to $1 trillion annual budget deficits by the year 2022.

Cruz: Impeach Holder

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pulled no punches when criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, as he called on Congress to impeach the Department of Justice head.

Pelosi: GOP not acting on immigration because of race

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pulled the race card when speaking about Republicans' inaction in passing comprehensive immigration reform and said "race has something to do" with the GOP not bringing such legislation to the House floor.

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FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech.

Quinn Campaign: Black Republicans Like Jewish Nazis?

THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis.

Read more at The Washington Free Beacon

FDA Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes

THE NEW YORK TIMES — The Food and Drug Administration will propose sweeping new rules on Thursday that for the first time would extend its regulatory authority from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar business with virtually no federal oversight or protections for American consumers.

Read more at The New York Times

Jeb Bush: I’m ‘thinking about’ 2016 run

POLITICO -- Jeb Bush on Wednesday was the most vocal he’s been about considering a run for the White House in 2016.

Read more at POLITICO.

The problem with student-loan forgiveness

NATIONAL JOURNAL -- If you have student loans, chances are you wish there was a way to make them disappear. And in a way, there is: The federal government now offers three repayment plans that lower monthly payments and will—eventually—forgive remaining debt. A separate plan forgives loans for people who take certain public-service jobs.

Read more at National Journal.

Policy

2 out of 3 Millennials don't think college is worth price

As Americans explore alternative options to college and grapple with the rising cost of tuition and student loan debt, a new survey has found that the vast majority of Millennials feel a college degree just isn't worth the price tag.

Uncle Sam Fuels Student Loan Debt

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that young people cited student loans and other college expenses as their most pressing financial worry in a recent Gallup poll, but the degree to which student debt holds Americans of all ages hostage is truly frightening. The poll finds that a plurality of all adults under 50 are more concerned about college costs than healthcare, housing, credit card bills, retirement savings, or any other financial obligation.

Immigrant employers: Wage hike will hurt immigrants

Immigrant business owners in Seattle are speaking out against a proposal to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour and argue such an increase will hurt the city's robust working immigrant population — the very demographic the wage hike seeks to help.

Retired Justice's war on the Second Amendment

In his recently published book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitutionretired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens argues for a seemingly slight revision to the Second Amendment. Don’t be fooled -- the five word edit would undo centuries of  legal tradition underlying the right of private citizens to own firearms, gut the Constitutional guarantee of this right and transform the relationship of the citizenry to the State.

Professor: Republicans are 'racist people'

A professor at a Connecticut university devoted time during his lecture Monday to lambasting the Republican Party and calling the GOP "racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people" who will close colleges if they win back the Senate and retain the House.

Obamacare

28 percent of O'care signups are 18-to-34 years old

The White House announced Thursday that 28 percent of enrollees under Obamacare on the federal exchange are between the ages of 18 and 34, the key demographic that the administration targeted to help suppress costs of the program.

Premium costs for youth skyrocket under O'care

For 27-year-old consumers looking to purchase health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is hardly affordable, as new data shows premiums increased by more than 50 percent across more than half of the 50 states and doubled in 11.

Sebelius: WH didn't oversell Obamacare

Resigning Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius doesn't think the White House oversold the Affordable Care Act, despite the initial problems with HealthCare.gov.

Obamacare polling requires a deeper look

Obamacare supporters were downright giddy last week after enrollment through the government’s insurance exchanges hit the 7 million mark. An ABC News/Washington Post poll found a full 49 percent of Americans willing to offer support for the law, up from a low of 39 percent in 2012. But pundits who argue that the rise of Obamacare’s polling numbers from catastrophic to merely mediocre will save Democrats at the ballot box this fall are sorely mistaken.