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

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.

Retiring DemHenry Waxman's farewell ode to govt

You'd think that, 40 years in, a congressman might grow cynical about the prospects of government meddling. Not retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)!

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From Around The Web

Org to cover education of slain cop's children

An organization co-founded by late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner will reportedly cover the education costs of a slain police officer's children.

NYPD officers turn their backs to Bill de Blasio
After the murder of two of their own and believing it was due to the rhetoric by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his supporters, NYPD officers literally turned their backs on de Blasio as he entered a Brooklyn hospital to pay his respects to the slain. A video, captured by WPIX11 News, showed […]
Police: Fugitive killed Florida officer
MIAMI (AP) — A fugitive trying to evade an arrest warrant shot a Tampa-area police officer and then ran him over early Sunday, killing the officer, police said. Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 23, crashed his car into a pole and another vehicle after running over Tarpon Springs officer Charles Kondek. Parilla was arrested on suspicion […]
Russia uses cat seizures to prompt tax payments
Just when you thought Putin’s policies couldn’t get any worse… Tax collectors in Russia have discovered that the best way to get people to pay off their debts is to take up their cat or beloved pet as collateral, the BBC reported. State collectors in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk got a resident to pay […]
North Korea denies involvement in Sony hack
North Korea has denied its involvement in the Sony hack and offered its services to the U.S. for helping find the true attacker. But in true Pyongyang fashion, that offer comes along with a thinly veiled threat. The cyberattack on Sony was sparked by the upcoming film “The Interview,” which focuses on a C.I.A. plot […]

Policy

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.

Cops can base 'threat rating' on online activity

The future of policing may be here, and it’s more than a little intrusive.

Millennials continue to change business models
From car services to music to television, traditional business models have had to shift to earn their pennies from millennials. Now movie theaters are looking to cash in. AMC Theaters, the number two movie theater chain in North America, announced Wednesday a new partnership with MoviePass. Similar to Netflix, MoviePass is a service that lets people go to a movie […]

Education

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 […]
Oberlin asks for exam exemptions post-Ferguson
Following the model set at several law schools, students at Oberlin College are pleading for leniency during final exams and the final grading period this fall semester in light of the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and the shooting of Tamir Rice. A petition has been circling around the […]