Polititainment

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.

Jon Stewart might ruin your childhood

Jon Stewart brought his nightmare-inducing recurring character “Gitmo” on the show to talk about the normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba.

Colbert's embargo on the Vatican

Colbert had to chide his audience Wednesday night for getting excited about making “Cuba more libre.”

Megyn Kelly on 'The Interview'

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly told Jimmy Kimmel she found Sony’s decision to pull “The Interview” after threats of a terrorist attack "deeply troubling.”

White House

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 […]
Obama administration extends Pell grants to juvenile offenders
The Obama administration has set out new guidelines that allow for students sentenced to juvenile correctional facilities to be eligible for federal Pell grants. The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice sent out a joint release Monday that clarified an earlier law. Congress in 1994 prohibited inmates at federal and state prisons from receiving Pell Grants […]
White House denies report that it wants to delay release of CIA torture report

The White House is insisting it wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to release its report on CIA torture practices, despite a report that Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to scuttle it.

Kate visits NYC kids; Prince William joins Obama

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince William's wife, Kate, wrapped Christmas gifts, helped preschoolers decorate picture frames and left an impression of a down-to-earth royal as she toured a child development center Monday with New York City's first lady.

The surprising opponents and backers of Obama’s net neutrality plan

Ted Cruz vs. Justice Scalia, and Obama vs. Jesse Jackson and the NAACP: The fight in Washington over "net neutrality” and has drawn up some strange battle lines.

Congress

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.)!

Senate Confirms Pro-Gun Control Surgeon General
NATIONAL JOURNAL — The Senate narrowly confirmed a new surgeon general whose nomination was delayed for months in a fight over his comments alleging that guns are a public health issue. The confirmation represents a victory for gun-control advocates, even as recent polling has shown Americans moving in the other direction toward gun-rights protections. The […]
Congress gave DOD $3 billion in extra funds

Christmas came early for the Pentagon (and Lockheed Martin.)

Rand Paul's bill to repeal Obama's exec order

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has filed a bill to overturn President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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From Around The Web

Petition asks Sony to release 'The Interview'

Hotair.com's Mary Katharine Ham has a petition on Change.org asking Sony to “Please release "The Interview" and "stop letting terrorists decide which movies Americans get to see.”

Lawmakers consider ban on powdered alcohol
DENVER (AP) — Powdered alcohol hasn’t even arrived in stores yet, but states already are moving to ban the product touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on the go. Colorado is the latest state considering prohibiting “Palcohol” amid concern it will increase underage drinking. The product is marketed as […]
Paramount bans screenings of 'Team America'
North Korea wins again. After Sony Pictures canceled the Christmas Day theater release of “The Interview,” movie theaters around the country stepped up and planned “Team America: World Police” showings in its place. Those theaters posted on Twitter Thursday that Paramount Pictures had banned them from showing the “Team America” film. Due to to circumstances […]
More US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The next wave of American troops will begin moving into Iraq in a couple of weeks to train local forces, the top U.S. commander for the mission said Thursday while cautioning that it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry, […]
Theater to show 'Team America' over 'Interview'
The terrorists have won. But  one Texas movie theater is still standing up for freedom. Sony canceled the Christmas Day release of James Franco and Seth Rogen’s “The Interview” Wednesday, bowing down to pressure from likely North Korean hackers who threatened violence at screenings of the film. In place of “The Interview, ” Alamo Drafthouse in […]

Policy

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 […]
Study: Phone users 'own worst enemies' on privacy

The smartphone users who worry the most about their online security also happen to be the least motivated to take added precautions, according to one study.

Supreme Court rules on police, 4th Amendment

A police stop and search conducted over a "mistake of the law" on the police officer's behalf is still lawful, according to the Supreme Court's 8-1 decision in Heien v. North Carolina.

Education

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 […]
IG: Ed Dept. has no plan for student loan defaults
With the student loan default rate hovering at about 14 percent, a new audit is questioning why the U.S. Department of Education does not have a plan or strategy for decreasing the national default rate. A new Inspector General audit found that the department’s in-house student loan default prevention activities were well-intentioned, but without any clear […]