Polititainment

Michael Bay might direct Benghazi movie

Bay, who has spent the last several years gaining popularity for his "Transformers" films, is reportedly in talks to direct the Benghazi film "13 Hours," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Holder wants Denzel to play him in movie

Holder spoke to The Hill about Hollywood and politics while at an event at the Washington Ideas Forum Wednesday that was hosted by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.

'Rival Survival' premiering Wednesday

Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are getting ready to show America their bipartisan fire-starting skills on "Rival Survival," a reality show starring tho lawmakers that premiers Wednesday night on the Discovery Channel.

Lovitz has a field day with Hillary

Before Hillary Clinton's jobs comment is swept aside as a minor whoopsie, a few words from Jon Lovitz.

John Oliver has some ideas for the FDA

Some people want more nutrition information on food labels--but who really understands those labels anyway?

White House

Russian hackers broke into the White House network

Hackers with suspected ties to the Russian government recently broke into the White House’s unclassified computer network, the Washington Post reported Tuesday night.

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.

Congress

Justin Amash envisions a libertarian Congress

Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian congressman from Michigan, knows that Congress is far from libertarian. But someday, he thinks that might change.

Rand Paul: The GOP's image ‘sucks’

Rand Paul didn’t mince words about the GOP.

Small college's students thrown into 2014 election

Young people tend not to engage much in the humdrum local politics that go into midterm elections. But what if it’s happening literally in their own backyard?

GOP senator: 'Sorry the government's so f***ed'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made some self-deprecating jokes and colorful remarks about the state of the government during a recent private gathering, per a recording provided to CNN by South Carolina Democrats.

Top lawmaker's Ebola claim

A leading House Republican says he is aware of information that points to the United States eventually receiving non-U.S. Ebola patients for treatment.

From Around The Web

The FTC shuts down an online dating scam

One company’s profitable dating site scam has come to an end.

Anti-vaccine group out to politicize Halloween
Guess we can add Halloween to the list of holidays that has been politicized from every possible angle. First, the sugar was too unhealthy, and then we had claims of candy wrappers causing climate change. Now we have anti-vaccination candy. While some people believe — ahem Jenny McCarthy — that vaccines cause autism in children, scientists have […]
Teens suspended for taking a picture with airsoft

Two 16-year-old Massachusetts teenagers were suspended for posing with airsoft rifles for a Homecoming photo—even though the photo was taken in one of their own homes.

WH Hit With What Appears To Be Cyberattack

THE HUFFINGTON POST -- WASHINGTON -- The White House computer network has been hit by what appears to be a sustained cyberattack, administration sources told HuffPost.

Ex-dictator's video game lawsuit tossed

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit over his inclusion in a 2012 “Call of Duty” video game has been dismissed by a judge who determined the game’s use of his likeness is protected by the First Amendment.

Policy

Obamacare loophole gives benefits to diplomats
Republican House leaders are looking into an Obamacare loophole that lets foreign diplomats and their families get subsidized health benefits. “According to the Department of Health and Human Services, foreign diplomats holding ‘A’ or ‘G’ visas are eligible to participate in an array of medical programs administered by the federal government, including participation in Health […]
Bill Maher will speak at Berkeley despite protests
Sorry, student protesters! At least this time free speech is winning out. The student group that selects graduation speakers at the University of California at Berkeley voted Tuesday night to rescind the invitation to Bill Maher to address graduates in December after a much publicized petition started circulating. But Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, announced […]
Most fear Google more than NSA or their mom

This privacy survey’s questions would make for a killer “Would You Rather” game.

Rand Paul details abuse of civil asset forfeiture

Sen. Rand Paul highlighted the potential for abuse in the common law enforcement practice of “civil asset forfeiture” in an op-ed for Breitbart, saying "The federal government has made it far too easy for government agencies to take and profit from the property of those who have not been convicted of a crime."

Court to rule on form of warrantless searches
In a case sure to confirm the beliefs of your most paranoid uncle, a federal court in Nevada is currently mulling the question, ” Can authorities cut off your utilities and pose as repairmen to search your home without a warrant?” While it seems like the answer should be an obvious, “Absolutely not!,”  but apparently there is some gray area […]

Education

Ed. Dept. releases final 'gainful employment' rule
The U.S. Department of Education released the final version of the “gainful employment” rule Thursday, sparking outrage from both the rule’s previous advocates and its critics. The final review made very limited changes from the last draft version. Supporters argue that the rule doesn’t do enough to suppress for-profit institutions, while critics believe the rule […]
UPenn offers 'Wasting Time on the Internet' class
One of the best things about college was getting to pick your own schedule, designing your week so that you had mornings to sleep in if you wanted, nights free if you didn’t, and the ability to carve out time just for chilling out and playing on the Internet. But one Ivy League school is […]
CFPB catches student loan lenders in illegal acts
A couple of student loan lenders have been caught misleading and illegally inflating minimum payments for borrowers, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In a report released Tuesday, the CFPB found that some student loan servicers inflated minimum payments due, made illegal debt collection calls or charged unlawful late fees, even after borrowers had made payments […]
New acceptance rate effort ignores cost of college
Bloomberg Philanthropies is heading up an admirable effort to help get more high-performing, low-income students into universities. But while the program has a lot of merits, it leaves out a crucial part of the puzzle — the high cost of actually attending college. “If we really believe that America is the world’s greatest meritocracy — […]
Berkeley students protest Maher's campus speech
Bill Maher may have gotten some bipartisan praise for his fight with Ben Affleck on radical Islam,  but the student body at the University of California Berkeley is not happy with the liberal comedian. Maher is scheduled to speak at the school’s fall commencement, but his controversial comments have sparked a Change.org petition to remove […]