Polititainment

Romney's suggestion for 'The Interview'

Mitt Romney has an idea to turn "The Interview" movie fiasco into a win for everybody.

Sony cancels 'The Interview'

NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

'The Interview' to drop in North Korea

Human rights groups are set to drop DVDs of "The Interview" into North Korea via hydrogen balloons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Democrats fundraising off of Colbert

First came the birthday cards, then came the desperate pleas for help, now comes "The Colbert Report."

Sony hack just got a lot scarier

The group allegedly behind the cyberattacks -- which identifies itself as "Guardians of Peace" -- suggested that it will organize terror attacks at movie theaters when the film "The Interview" premiers.

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

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.

Congress sends Obama $1.1 T spending bill

Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature late Saturday night after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy.

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Bakery teaches injured vets how to run a business

Life after the military is not easy for recent veterans.

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

Norman Bridwell, creator of the popular "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series of children's books turned into a PBS TV show, has died.

Sony hackers threaten moviegoers

CNN -- A group that claims it hacked Sony Pictures has posted a public threat against potential moviegoers.

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is not great

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is “culture”—not nearly as catchy as the Oxford Dictionary’s chosen word, “vape.”

Cop tickets student for playing 'F--- Tha Police'

One Florida cop is not a huge fan of free speech, humor, and/or 80s rap, as he made evident by harassing and ticketing a law student for playing an anti-police anthem in a car next to him.

Policy

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.

Wyden critiques FBI's backdoor spying

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a long-time critic of government spying, has an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times denouncing the FBI’s push for tech companies to enable easier backdoor access to Americans’ data.

Education

'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 […]
Parents speak out about court order to pay tuition
A New Jersey court has upheld an earlier ruling and ordered the estranged parents of a 21-year-old to pay their daughter’s college tuition. 21-year-old Caitlyn Ricci sued her divorced parents for her college tuition at two different schools and won. Caitlyn brought the first lawsuit against her parents in August 2013, suing them for $906 in […]
Niagara Falls will help pay off your student loans
Niagara Falls is hoping to attract more young residents, so it’s betting on the one thing they know most millennials are struggling with — student loan debt. The city will pay off $7,000 of recent graduates’ student loans over two years if they agree to live in near Main Street, Fusion reported. Attracting the millennial […]