Polititainment

Boehner traps Behar in headlock

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and libera comedian and talk show host Joy Behar took an unusual selfie over the weekend when the two crossed paths at a restaurant in the Hamptons over the weekend.

Jenner is new face of Rock the Vote
Calling her  “a powerhouse figure among millennials,” Rock the Vote enlisted the help of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star and fashion model Kendall Jenner for National Voter Registration Day. “I’m here in Europe for fashion week, but back in the U.S. it is National Voter Registration Day and I’m using Rock the Vote’s new mobile […]
Stewart talks security at '1600 Jump St'
Jon Stewart brought up the two recent White House security breaches on “The Daily Show” Monday night, seeming both amused and baffled by the entire situation. “Wow! Good thing we don’t treat White House intruders the way we do Cuban refugees because then, when that guy reached the house, put his foot on the ground, […]
Gordon-Levitt eyes Snowden role
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is expected to play Edward Snowden in an Oliver Stone-directed movie about Snowden’s life, Variety reports. “The Snowden Files” would be based on the book about the NSA leaks written by Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, which is considered the closest thing to a documented account of the events. Stone acquired the rights to […]
'Madam Secretary' wants an ideal D.C.
CBS’s new show “Madam Secretary” may be inspired by some of the most polarizing and entrenched political figures in Washington D.C., but the showrunners and cast say they want to portray a less polarizing and negative D.C. on screen. POLITICO’s Playbook Lunch on Friday featured show creator Barbara Hall, executive producers Morgan Freeman and Lori […]

White House

Republicans face stakes of biblical proportions on immigration, Biden says

Vice-President Joe Biden told a crowd celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month that the GOP's direction on immigration reform is of biblical proportions.

Lois Lerner speaks: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’

Former IRS official Lois Lerner has opened up to the public in a lengthy interview with POLITICO.

Michelle Obama says Americans ‘take for granted’ Obama’s presidency
First Lady Michelle Obama proudly defended her husband during a speech at the opening reception of the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum, telling the audience that people take her husband “for granted.” “Just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today. Think about how our kids take for granted that a […]
Security breaches prompt more White House security
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service tightened security outside the White House after an embarrassing breach in which a man with a knife scaled a fence, ran across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents stopped him. Increased surveillance and more officer patrols are among the measures that Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered. […]
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.

Congress

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 […]
House GOP replaces firm handling Obama suit
THE HILL — House Republicans said they’ve hired new counsel to represent them in their lawsuit against President Obama after their previous lawyer backed out of the case over “political pressure.” They inked a contract on Friday with William A. Burck of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart. The New York Times reported that the GOP’s previous attorney, David Rivkin of […]
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 […]

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Kansas will be prepared for zombie attack
This probably would have been really helpful in the world of the “Walking Dead.” Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is scheduled to sign a proclamation Friday that will declare October to be Zombie Preparedness Month. According to a press release from the governor’s office: With zombies still the topic of many hit television shows and movies, preparing for […]
Obama: No nation has 'free pass' on climate change

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a forceful appeal for international cooperation on limiting carbon pollution, President Barack Obama warned starkly on Tuesday that the globe's climate is changing faster than efforts to address it. "Nobody gets a pass," he declared. "We have to raise our collective ambition."

U.S. Airstrikes Begin in Middle East
WASHINGTON (AP) — Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group’s military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday. Separately, the U.S. launched strikes against a group said to be plotting to attack the U.S. and Western interests. The […]
Bar dumps PBR in protest of Russian ownership
After hearing that the Pabst Brewing Company was sold to a Russian company, one restaurant owner and American hero in Seattle decided to take a stand. Peter Levy, the owner of 5 Spot restaurant, has served Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap for about 25 years. But on Friday, he poured all of his Pabst on […]
Willie Nelson teaches Maureen Dowd about weed
Country icon and marijuana maestro Willie Nelson is stepping in to save New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd from herself. Back in June, Dowd wrote about a bad trip after consuming a pot-laced candy bar. “… I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, […]

Policy

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.

White House reviewing minimum wage regulations
The White House is in the final stage of reviewing minimum wage regulations that would cost more than $500 million over the next five years. President Obama ordered the regulations back in February, when he signed an executive order requiring that federal contractors pay their workers at least $10.10 an hour. Essentially, without Congressional support for a raise in […]
Obama's regulatory reform adds $23B in costs

According to a recent report from the American Action Forum (AAF), President Obama's regulatory reform plans have actually added $23 billion in extra costs and 8.9 billion hours of more paperwork among cabinet agencies.

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 […]

Education

Panel calls for more access to higher ed data
Students and parents today do not have access to enough information about America’s colleges and universities, a dearth of information that some experts say has led to higher student loan debt and lower graduation rates. A Washington Monthly and New America Foundation panel held Tuesday discussed the need for a better rating system of higher […]
Higher ed accreditation is in need of major reform
The current higher education accreditation system harms students and taxpayers and is in desperate need for reform. A panel discussion hosted by the Heritage Foundation reached this conclusion Monday afternoon. Led by Lindsey Burke, the panel featured former U.S. Senator and former University of Colorado president Hank Brown, American Council for Trustees and Alumni President Ann […]
Student loan debt expected to reduce home sales
The higher levels of student loan debt that are seen today will likely reduce U.S. home sales by 8 percent this year, according to a new report released Friday by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Sales of new and existing homes is expected to total 5.26 million this year, according to the report. But about 414,000 households will […]
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 […]