Polititainment

'SNL' laughs at North Korea, Sony hacks
“Saturday Night Live” hit on North Korea and the Sony hacks twice this weekend, proving that unlike most of Hollywood, they aren’t scared of Kim Jong-un. The show started off with a bang, bringing back Mike Myers as Dr. Evil to interrupt the cold open and discuss his anger over the North Korea and Sony hacker […]
RNC asks theaters to show 'The Interview
The Sony hack and subsequent cancellation of “The Interview” has gone fully political. President Obama made an official statement on this decision and now the Republican National Committee is weighing in. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus asks that movie theaters not bow down to North Korea and stand up to this decision by screening the film […]
Obama: LeBron 'did the right thing'

President Obama supports LeBron James' decision to wear an "I can't breathe" t-shirt during warmup before the NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets last week.

Al Sharpton, Hollywood's Sony Liaison

In a private meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City Thursday, Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal told Sharpton that he could have a voice in how the movie studio makes its films.

Clooney: Release 'The Interview' online

George Clooney may have the most awesomely toothy response to the Sony Pictures cyberattack that forced the movie studio to pull the film "The Interview" from its December 25 release.

White House

Obama: I will do ‘everything I can’ to close Guantanamo Bay
President Obama may have signed the defense bill that keeps Guantanamo Bay open for another year, but he is still verbally promising to close down the facility. Obama appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday and discussed closing Gitmo by the end of next year with host Candy Crowley. “I’m going to do everything […]
Obama: ‘We’re not going to be intimidated’ by Sony hackers
President Obama appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning and covered a variety of topics ranging from racism to North Korea and the Sony hacks. Obama repeated his earlier statements about the hacks, implying again that Sony made the wrong call by canceling screenings of “The Interview.” “The Boston Marathon suffered an actual […]
Obama: we can’t have censorship subject to ‘some dictator someplace’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

U.S. confirms North Korea was behind Sony attack and promises ‘proportional’ response

Officials no longer merely suspect North Korea to be behind the cyberattack on Sony Picture—they’ve confirmed it.

District court declares Obama’s executive action on immigration unconstitutional
A federal court in Pennsylvania declared parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration unconstitutional Tuesday. Judge Arthur J. Schwab, sitting in the western district of Pennsylvania, said presidents do have the power to use discretion in deciding how to enforce laws, but found that Obama’s recent executive action went much further than that.  He said Obama was writing […]

Congress

House GOP wants to give Obama coal for Christmas
President Obama is getting nothing but a lump of coal from House Republicans this Christmas. But he’s not getting it because he’s been naughty — although some would certainly argue he fits that description — instead, it’s to teach him about the country’s resource that “holds the potential for a 21st-century economic revival.” Rep. Mike […]
Rubio, Paul feud continued on ABC's 'This Week'
Likely 2016 presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have been going after each other all week for statements made on President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba and the feud did not take a break over the weekend. The Florida senator, one of the most outspoken critics of the new Cuba policy, appeared on […]
Rubio says Rand Paul is clueless on Cuba

Sen. Marco Rubio made his criticism of a fellow Republican plain Thursday night.

Gowdy's office responds to Speaker chatter

Rep. Trey Gowdy has become a sensation on the Right, with his no-nonsense style and committee hearing takedowns of Obama officials garnering him praise and attention.

Rand Paul: 'Opening up Cuba is a good idea'

Sen. Rand Paul broke with the Republican Party's prevailing argument against President Obama's Cuba policy Thursday, saying the move toward opening trade with the long-embargoed nation "probably" is a good idea.

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More proof Comcast is the worst

A Washingtonian profile of how NBC gave David Gregory the boot from Meet The Press includes this nauseating tidbit on how Comcast tried to win over "congressional staffers, journalists, and other influential Washingtonians”:

North Korea has gone completely offline
North Korea has gone completely offline, just days after the U.S. formally accused the country of being behind the Sony cyber attacks. North Korea started experiencing some trouble with their connection Sunday and went dark on Monday, Bloomberg News reported. ‘‘The situation now is they are totally offline,’’ Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at […]
Joe Cocker passes at 70

Joe Cocker, the English rock star whose soulful vocals and wild performance style infused 20th century popular culture, has passed away at the age of 70, the BBC reported.

Cards Against Humanity as political watchdog

THE WASHINGTON POST -- As part of its holiday promotion, Cards Against Humanity sent out new card packs for its game, stickers (that are not intended for vandalism) and comic strips.

Message from Sony hackers mocks FBI

A new message from a group claiming to be the Sony hackers belittles the FBI, linking to a 2006 Youtube video proclaiming “you are an idiot!” along with pumping music and a brief flash of Japanese words.

Policy

Police dept cancels gun-search program

Remember that police department in Beloit, Wisconsin, that asked residents to volunteer to have their homes searched for firearms?

DHS: Obamacare signups easier this year
Though it wasn’t exactly a high bar to beat, Obamacare signups went far more smoothly this year. Nearly 2.5 million people enrolled in health insurance plans on the federal health care exchange in time to get Jan. 1 coverage, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The final numbers, including the number of […]
Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over pot

Colorado's neighbors don't seem to be catching on to the marijuana-acceptance trend.

Privacy experts predict bleak future

Ten years from now, will privacy be the exception?

IRS can't handle budget cuts

Good luck getting help on your taxes this season--and don't count on a prompt refund.

Education

Maher finally gives speech at Berkeley
After months of publicity, liberal comedian Bill Maher finally got to give his much contested commencement speech at the University of California Berkeley over the weekend. Maher’s speech had become the center of controversy back in October after he got into a televised argument with Ben Affleck over Islam. His statements criticized the religion and […]
Obama administration's college ratings framework

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Colleges and universities have fretted over how they will be judged under a new college ratings system President Barack Obama announced last year would be developed to encourage transparency and affordability.

Obama to unveil new college grading plan
The U.S. Department of Education will release the first outline of its new college ratings system on Friday and it is already causing a lot of division between the administration, Republicans and higher education advocates. Friday’s draft is expected to include the metrics on which colleges would be rated by the federal government, Inside Higher […]
Prof suspended for criticizing liberal colleague
A tenured Marquette University political science professor has been officially banned from campus property and suspended from teaching thanks to his blog post that criticized a liberal colleague’s refusal to allow a conservative student to debate the topic of gay marriage in her classroom. The suspended professor, John McAdams, received an email Tuesday from Richard Holz, the […]
'Triggers' prevent profs from teaching rape law
The anti-rape culture movement and an excessive need for “trigger warnings” are preventing law professors from doing their job, one professor says. Jeannie Suk, a professor of law at Harvard University, recently wrote a piece for the New Yorker that argues against trigger warning policies which infringe on instructors’ academic freedom and deny students the opportunity to […]