Polititainment

Madeleine Albright T(witter)KOs Conan

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright bested Conan O'Brien by Twitter knockout Thursday night, ribbing the comedian with a comeback worthy of a seasoned pro.

Kimmel: Stoner idea or gov. expenditure?
Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R – Okla.) fifth annual “Wastebook” was released Wednesday and some of the federally funded projects are so outrageous that they can be hard to believe. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel had the same thought and offered his audience a quiz. He read the name of a project, some real and some […]
Obama channels Chris Rock again

At rallies for Democrats in Maryland and Illinois on Sunday, Obama dropped the name "Cousin Pookie" -- a character that he used frequently to energize black voters during his 2008 campaign -- during his speeches.

Oliver beats Supreme Court's camera ban
Comedian John Oliver is sick of the Supreme Court ban on cameras in the court room and the ridiculous ways it makes television news stations have to cover those cases. But all hope is not lost. “What happens at the Supreme Court is way too important not to pay attention to and yet the ban […]
Stewart and Colbert go after 'Fangate'

Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had a field day with “Fangate” Thursday night.

White House

Obama is withholding over 15,000 Fast and Furious documents

President Obama claimed executive privilege to withhold over 15,000 documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, including nearly 20 emails sent between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife.

White House fence jumper charged with assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous outstanding warrants, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. […]
President Obama, unpaid bills and the curious editing of the White House transcript
President Obama, some unpaid bills and a curiously “inaudible” section of the White House recording of a speech — that’s how all good stories start, right? While at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago, Obama cracked a joke about the “unpaid bills” at his home. The joke was reported by the White House Press […]
Secrecy shrouds how the Obamas cook their chicken wings

Now it seems the Obamas are tight-lipped even about their eating habits.

Obama delivers devastating blow to red state Democrats, calls them ‘all folks who vote with me’
President Obama can’t seem to stay out of the 2014 midterm elections, no matter how much his fellow Democrats want him to. Obama spoke on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday, which was later replayed on MSNBC, insisting that red state Democrats are still his “strong allies.” “A lot of the states that are contested this time […]

Congress

Rand Paul: ‘The war on terror is not over’

Rand Paul attempted to lay out his recently evolving foreign policy vision at his speech Thursday night at the Center for the National Interest.

McCarthy speaks out against 'Truthy' study
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is joining the growing dissent against the federally-funded “Truthy” study designed to monitor political speech on social media. In a blog post Thursday, titled “#KillingFreeSpeech,” McCarthy promises that the House Committee on Science will be conducting oversight “in the coming months on this and other questionable government-funded research projects.” “Why does the government […]
CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers to snoop
Despite a number of growing foreign and domestic threats over the summer, the CIA admitted that they had been using their resources to spy on elected officials in the Senate. Now, insiders are alleging that it’s not just what they did that is the problem, but how they went about it. A new piece by the […]
Republicans say they will reform the IRS

Republicans are talking about reforming the IRS if they gain the majority in the Senate next month, but seem to be treading with caution on making any specific promises.

'Wastebook' finds $25B in 'unnecessary' spending
Monkey gambling, synchronized swimming sea monkeys, and mountain lions on treadmills, oh my! Sen. Tom Coburn (R – Okla.) released his fifth and final “Wastebook” Wednesday, chronicling $25 billion tax dollars spent on 100  “silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects” this year. His findings are absolutely astonishing. Coburn, who is retiring this year, is not letting his fellow […]

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Weiner favorited a pic of a scantily clad woman
As of earlier today, Anthony Weiner’s (alias “Carlos Danger”)  official Twitter account had just one tweet favorited: #WCW I love myself. pic.twitter.com/WJQhwVYegM— Sugarfuzz (@JoslynStevens) September 24, 2014 Gawker first noticed the tweet, and quickly discovered that Joslyn Stevens’ Twitter profile describes her thus: “Filling in for your wife since 2001. Indulge your sexual fantasies by […]
Federal officials: Dallas nurse free of Ebola

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital Friday, free of the virus.

Nebraska schools approve gun photos for Yearbooks

It’s been a good year for yearbook photos.

Most Americans still support the death penalty
A majority of Americans still support the death penalty, despite the outcry raised by inhumane injection practices and the botched execution in Oklahoma earlier this year. According to a recent Gallup poll, 63 percent of Americans support the death penalty for murderers, with “an eye for an eye” as the most commonly cited justification. Most–64 […]
After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined
NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged […]

Policy

Christie: Obama a 'class warrior' on min. wage
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is not backing down from his earlier comments on the minimum wage. Instead, he is turning the conversation to the reason he believes President Obama and the Democrats want to make raising the wage a campaign issue. Christie took heat this week for saying that he was “tired of hearing about […]
Most Americans still support the death penalty
A majority of Americans still support the death penalty, despite the outcry raised by inhumane injection practices and the botched execution in Oklahoma earlier this year. According to a recent Gallup poll, 63 percent of Americans support the death penalty for murderers, with “an eye for an eye” as the most commonly cited justification. Most–64 […]
A conservative fights civil asset forfeiture

A conservative Virginia lawmaker is tackling one of the most abuse-prone practices of law enforcement: civil asset forfeiture.

U.S. Labor Chief: 'We suck' on minimum wage
U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez isn’t going to sugarcoat what he thinks about America’s minimum wage — “We suck.” Perez spoke at a Bloomberg News event Thursday and criticized what he sees as Congress’s failure to raise the minimum wage. “I’ve met with minimum-wage workers in New Jersey,” Perez said at the event. “I’ve met […]
FBI considers adding new whistleblower protections

The Justice Department has announced a plan to revamp its whistleblower protections, supposedly with an eye to making it easier for whistleblowers to report misconduct.

Education

Tufts Hosting Islamists to Train Students
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — A controversial Islamist group will gather at Tufts University on Friday for a weekend-long conference that will include training students to take “direct action” against pro-Israel and Jewish students on U.S. campuses, according to a schedule of the conference obtained by the Free Beacon. The event, held by Students for Justice in Palestine […]
Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.

Ed Dept lowers credit requirements for PLUS loans
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it had finalized plans to ease the credit requirements for obtaining federal student PLUS loans, Inside Higher Ed reported. The new rule, which will go into effect next year, makes it so that the Education Department will only review two years of credit history and will exempt up to $2,085 […]
Public college claims Clinton rally is nonpartisan
The controversy surrounding a potentially illegal campaign rally at Stony Brook University in New York grew Wednesday night as attendees were given tickets for a “Get Out the Vote Rally,” despite the night’s line up of only Democrats. Former President Bill Clinton headlined the rally to speak on behalf of Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, […]
College violates law by promoting election rally
Stony Brook University in New York likely violated federal election laws by promoting Wednesday’s campaign rally for Democratic congressional incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (N.Y.), an election law attorney has found. Campus Reform first reported on the rally, which will feature former President Bill Clinton, after obtaining an email from school officials encouraging student attendance. It was paid […]