Polititainment

Obama praises Joan Rivers

President Obama must really want to maintain his popularity in Hollywood. Why else would he write a letter to Melissa Rivers praising her mother and late comedian Joan Rivers, the same woman who called him gay and his wife a "tranny" in July?

TDS: Biden hasn't been out of the house

"The Daily Show" had some fun Thursday night with the VP's recent double whammy of off-color remarks.

GoT Author to host Democrat Fundraiser
The red fundraiser? In this case, the appropriate color is probably blue. George R.R. Martin, the author of the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the inspiration for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” will host a fundraiser for Sen. Tom Udall (D- N.M.) in early October. According to Udall’s campaign, the event will […]
Jay Carney's son performs at White House

The former White House press secretary and now CNN political commentator tweeted out a photo of his son's band Twenty20 performing at a White House event Monday evening.

Stewart: Graham has panicked for 13 yrs
Comedian Jon Stewart is taking some time away from going after his favorite Republican war hawk Sen. John McCain and is now going after McCain’s fellow rally crier, Sen. Lindsey Graham. Graham had some strong words over the weekend on the topic of ISIS, saying,  ”This president needs to rise to the occasion before we […]

White House

He gaffes again! Biden praises disgraced former Senator Bob Packwood

Ranking Joe Biden gaffes is like running down the deck of the Titanic -- in the end it's just a race to the bottom and no one ever wins. And yet the vice president continues to provide more candidates for his greatest hits.

Joe Biden should never be allowed to support a Redskins name change

Imagine for a moment a tied Senate vote urging the Washington Redskins to change their team name. Into the chamber steps Joe Biden.

Gaffetastic vice-president apologizes for slur

Vice-President Joe Biden apologized Wednesday for his use of an ethnic slur in a speech this week.

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.

Congress

Convicted felon running for Congress

Edwin W. Edwards recently spent nine years in prison after being convicted for extorting millions of dollars in exchange for riverboat gambling licenses, and now he's running for office.

Rand Paul: Millennials 'aren't as wedded to party'
Sen. Rand Paul (R – Ky.) seems to have the majority of millennials figured out. The presidential hopeful spoke with The Federalist this week about his foreign policy views and the shift toward libertarian views among millennials. “I think the libertarian influence, the libertarian-ish Republican, the libertarian conservatives in many ways is great for the […]
Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz
POLITICO – Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most. Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two […]
'Finally, we're gonna audit the Fed'

The House passed a bill Wednesday afternoon to audit the Federal Reserve, a long-time crusade of former Rep. Ron Paul and libertarians.

No welfare for weed under House bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Tuesday night that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the “no welfare for weed” bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases […]

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Walker challenger fires consultant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Mary Burke said Friday she cut ties with a consultant she blames for copying several sections of her jobs plan from platforms of other Democrats.

Are Conservative Cities Better?

POLITICO MAG -- “On an overall basis,” says the boisterous Scott Smith, who was mayor of Mesa from 2008 until early this year, “there’s no doubt it’s extremely conservative.”

It might also be a glimpse of the GOP’s coming urban revival.

Activists Want 'Django' actress to apologize

NBC LA -- It's a story that went viral -- Daniele Watts, a black actress claiming she was detained by the LAPD for kissing her white boyfriend in public.

Pabst Brewing Company now belongs to the Russians

Pabst Blue Russian.

Beer fight brewing over EPA rule

THE HILL -- A battle is brewing in the beer industry over a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that spells out the agency’s authority to regulate bodies of water.

Policy

Students care about free speech more than adults
American high school students  today care way more about the First Amendment than adults. The Knight Foundation’s 2014 Future of the First Amendment study, which polled 10,463 high school students and 588 teachers, found that nine out 10 said people should be able to express unpopular opinions and six in 10 said the press should […]
GOP wants Healthcare.gov to be more secure
Congressional Republicans are calling on the Obama administration to make sure Healthcare.gov is fully secure before the sign-up period begins in less than two months. Eight GOP committee leaders in the House and Senate wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday with concerns about the site after a new report […]
Anti-gun group capitalizes on NFL violence
The anti-gun group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is looking to capitalize on the publicity surrounding the NFL’s recent domestic violence scandals, even though guns were not used in several of the recent cases. Americans for Responsible Solutions issued a report Tuesday linking incidents like the one involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray […]
Liam Neeson shoots off anti-gun rant
Though he carries a gun in almost all of his on-screen time, actor Liam Neeson is extremely anti-gun off-screen. In an interview with The Independent to promote his new film “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” Neeson called for strict gun control in the U.S. “I am totally for gun control in the U.S. The population […]
Activists blast spy bill as 'ripe for abuse'
THE HILL – Liberal groups, transparency advocates and the whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers are coming out strongly against a Senate bill to reform the National Security Agency (NSA), arguing the reforms it contains are inadequate. Activists and whistleblowers told members of Congress in a letter on Monday that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) USA Freedom […]

Education

Americans know little about the Constitution

A new poll released on Constitution Day (September 17 -- no worries, we know you knew that) found that many Americans don’t know how their government works. And the problem is likely to get worse if the College Board goes through with its proposed changes to the AP U.S. History exam.

Court upholds ban on U.S. flag shirts at CA school
It is no longer safe to display an American flag at Live Oak High School in California and a court has upheld the school’s right to ban students from wearing patriotic apparel as a result. U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Wednesday declining a request for an en banc hearing, a hearing in front […]
Occupy is turning its attention to student loans
The Occupy Wall Street movement turned three years old Wednesday and it has a new target — the country’s more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. The group’s Strike Debt initiative, run by Rolling Jubilee, announced Wednesday it has abolished $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt since January. The group spent $100,000 buying […]
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 […]