The 2014 '30 Under 30'

Congrats to this year's 30 -- check out the full list here!

Polititainment

Cher rants against Rand Paul
Thrown in between tweets about toothaches, costumes and pool time, Cher decided to rant about Sen. Rand Paul on Twitter Friday night. It was not clear what prompted the Twitter tirade. Cher had just finished giving an update on her toothache and five new “unbelievable” costumes when she switched gears. Mediaite postulated that she may […]
Joel helps explain GOP view on jobs
Apparently John Boehner’s press team is made up entirely of Billy Joel enthusiasts. The Library of Congress announced on Tuesday that this year’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will go to Bill Joel. The prize “honors artists whose work has left a lasting impact on audiences and inspired new generations of performers.” And John Boehner’s […]
Joan Rivers rips media over Israel

In which Joan Rivers takes a sledgehammer to the media.

Fla. pol proposes mandated D'Souza show

Florida State Senator Alan Hayes, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, is planning on introducing legislation to mandate that all Florida high schools show Dinesh D’Souza’s new film "America." That is, unless parents don’t want their kids to see it.

Kimmel: Obama a kid home for laundry

When President Obama was forced to cancel his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live for Wednesday night, the comedian was a good sport about it. He got back at the president in a particularly pointed monologue, however.

White House

Polls: Obama White House incompetent at managing, worse than Darth Vader

The job of the administrative branch is to, well, administer the laws. According to a new Fox News poll released on Wednesday, most Americans think that the Obama administration is failing dismally at the task.

Obama wants ‘idealism and optimism’ for millennials in face of Congressional ‘crisis,’ refuses to recognize he is part of the problem
Now that “hope and change” seems to be played out, President Barack Obama has come up with a new catchphrase for millennials – “idealism and optimism.” In a speech at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Seattle, Wash. Tuesday night, Obama asked young people not to give up their natural idealism and optimism because of […]
President Obama admits he does not watch the news

During a speech during a Democratic National Committee event in Seattle, Washington Tuesday night, President Obama confessed that he doesn't watch the news. Throughout the speech, Obama predictably complained about the incompetence of our "broken" Congress and urged his liberal audience to get enthusiastic about voting for Democrats in the midterm elections this fall.

Congress and the President actually take action, Obama says ‘it’s so much fun’
“Girls just want to have fun,” Cyndi Lauper belts in her famous song. Apparently President Barack Obama wants to join her. “Let’s do this more often. It’s so much fun,” Obama said at a bill signing on Tuesday. Obama gathered in White House with members of Congress to sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This […]
Josh Earnest criticizes negative story for quoting anonymous sources, forgets the White House is always quoted anonymously

When White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest took a potshot at anonymous sources during a Monday briefing, he probably should have picked a meeker reporter.

Congress

Obama throws more fuel on lawsuit fire
It appears President Barack Obama plans to keep up his “So sue me” attitude this week. House Speaker John Boehner penned an op-ed Sunday in USA Today that outlined the specifics of the planned lawsuit against the president. He had announced in late June that he would file a lawsuit against Obama on behalf of the […]
Norton: 'You don't have a right to know'

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton played down the importance of government transparency during a House hearing Friday, speaking out against Republican-led attempts to compel a White House official to appear before the Government and Oversight Committee.

Politicians struggle to 'live the wage'

Goodbye three-course power lunches at swanky D.C.  steakhouses. Hello Ramen noodles and PB&J.

Paul Ryan unveils new anti-poverty agenda

In another example of the Republican Party expanding its policy tent, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled a new poverty-fighting agenda Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute.

Cruz to Reid: Leave Ritz-Carlton, go to Border
After President Obama turned him down, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) invited Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to join him at the border.  In response to Reid’s recent claim that the border is secure, Cruz said on Fox News Sunday that Reid’s perspective is skewed because he “lives in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C.” “I would invite […]

From Around The Web

Wikipedia bans edits from House IP address
Step Up 3D Wikipedia article edited anonymously by US Senate http://t.co/8Cd1HfhUbP— congress-edits (@congressedits) July 10, 2014 Choco Taco Wikipedia article edited anonymously from US House of Representatives http://t.co/rhbc5fAqro— congress-edits (@congressedits) July 23, 2014   Gone are the days of congressional staffers and congressmen anonymously posting edits to the Wikipedia pages of Wendy’s, Choco Tacos, and […]
At Purdue, a case study in cost cuts

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Three months into his tenure as president of Purdue University, Mitch Daniels leaned over a table covered with financial statements and pointed to items labeled "cash" sprinkled throughout the pages. ... Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Korean baseball team introduces the 'fanbot'
Baseball, of all places, is becoming a hub of new technology. Earlier this July, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game introduced self-serve beer machines. Now, there’s the “fanbot.” Introduced by the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Professional Baseball League, the “fanbot” allows fans the opportunity to be a part of the stadium atmosphere from the […]
Paul: 'Take a stand and fight for justice'

THE HILL -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) outlined a series of reforms geared toward improving conditions for minorities during a sparsely attended Friday address to the National Urban League.

Policy

Judge: D.C. handgun law unconstitutional

Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. on Saturday declared that the law in Washington, D.C., preventing individuals from carrying handguns in public is unconstitutional.

 

Florida congressman: No 'border security problem'

Congressman Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) doesn't think the United States has a border security issue despite the fact that over 57,000 children have already crossed the southern border into the country illegally this year.

It's time to reframe the minimum wage debate
Minimum wage jobs are jobs for people that have no skills. These jobs are the type of work that most people “would not really want to do under any circumstances.” Wait, what? Americans United for Change, a progressive group, announced its new “Live the Wage” challenge Monday morning, calling on lawmakers and citizens to attempt […]
Redditors criticize Warren over student loan bill

The front page of the Internet showed Elizabeth Warren's student loan bill the back door.

French food blogger fined $3,400 for bad review

Freedom of speech on the Internet is still new territory for judicial systems, and courts the world over are responding to conflicts in very different ways.

Obamacare

Obamacare whiz named 'Mr. Mandate' rebuts left

In a twist on John Kerry, this guy was against them before he was for them.

Government watchdog shows Obamacare fraud is easy

Earlier this year, investigators from the Government Accountability Office attempted to defraud the Obamacare insurance exchange. They wanted to see if it was possible for someone to get insurance subsidies using false application information.

They found it was shockingly easy.

Judge Dishes Out Pizza Analogy in Obamacare Ruling
As many teachers can attest, learning is always easier when there’s food involved. That’s why we’re grateful that a federal judge served up a mouthwatering pizza analogy to help explain his stance in Tuesday’s complicated Obamacare ruling. The question at the center of the ruling was whether an online healthcare marketplace or ‘exchange’ run by […]
Hillary Clinton: Fix Obamacare

Hillary Clinton visited Twitter headquarters in San Francisco Monday to participate in an interview during which she addressed Obamacare and expressed America's duty to "fix" the universal health care law.

Man spends 3 months trying to cancel Obamacare
David Emanuel recently figured out dropping Obamacare may be more difficult than originally signing up, if you can believe that. The Oklahoma man, who turned 65 in April, had planned to terminate his insurance with BlueCross BlueShield. His new age gave him eligibility for Medicare. Emanuel had previously signed up for his insurance plan through […]