Polititainment

George Takei apologizes to Clarence Thomas

In a message posted to Facebook Friday afternoon, actor and gay rights advocate George Takei apologized to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for heatedly labeling him a "clown in blackface."

Hillary flaunts her celebrity friends

We already knew that Hillary Clinton was tight with Hollywood's music stars, but the Democratic presidential candidate appears to have several celebrity friends that she is just dying to show off on social media.

Obama likens GOP primary to Hunger Games

Ever the Hollywood fan, President Obama made a clever cinematic reference during his remarks on the economy in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Thursday afternoon.

Takei: Thomas a 'clown in blackface'

Actor George Takei is not shy about his anger towards Clarence Thomas in the wake of the Supreme Court justice's dissent in the court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide last week.

Watch the trailer for 'Jenny's Wedding'

Not even a week after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, the first trailer for the film Jenny's Wedding -- which centers on a gay couple as they get engaged -- has hit the Internet.

2016

Bush, Perry offended by Trump

Republican presidential candidates are weighing in on Donald Trump's controversial statements about Mexican immigrants, and the general consensus appears to be trending negative on Trump.

Romney: Trump's 'severe error' hurting GOP

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee remarked Saturday at a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, that Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants have hurt the Republican Party, as reports CNN.

Donald Trump surges among Republicans

A new CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday has Trump in second place nationally among Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents, trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by seven percentage points.

Hillary Clinton flaunts her celebrity friendships

We already knew that Hillary Clinton was tight with Hollywood's music stars, but the Democratic presidential candidate appears to have several celebrity friends that she is just dying to show off on social media.

Obama: GOP primary will resemble 'Hunger Games'

Ever the Hollywood fan, President Obama made a clever cinematic reference during his remarks on the economy in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Thursday afternoon.

Policy

Health insurance companies seek rate increases

NEW YORK TIMES -- Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected.

This NSA program is as searchable as Google
Two years ago, the Guardian published information about an NSA surveillance program called XKeyscore—the agency’s “widest-reachest” program, which allows NSA analysts to easily search through things like emails and browser history.    Now The Intercept has published 48 classified documents about the program, claiming it’s as easy to search through as Google, and contains a massive […]
Obama talks about gun confiscation
President Obama spoke about the government confiscating certain types of firearms, which many Second Amendment advocates consider the third rail of gun policy. In an interview with comedian Marc Maron on Monday, noticed by National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke, the President praised Australia for taking away people’s guns after a mass shooting in their country. “It was […]
Nevada school voucher program could go nationwide
Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz (R) announced that he has begun the process to make the state’s new voucher program the largest in the country–and if he’s successful, it could lead to a wave of similar laws nationwide. The Las Vegas Sun reported on Wednesday that starting in January 2016 any parent, regardless of income, […]
TSA broadcasts pic of traveler's cash
Sure, the TSA may fail to apprehend weapons 95 percent of the time–but they did manage to tweet this pic of $75,000 in cash stowed in a law-abiding traveler’s suitcase, with the appearance and location of the suitcase conveniently included. TSA Public Affairs spokesperson Lisa Farbstein tweeted this picture on Tuesday: If you had $75,000, is this how you'd transport it? Just asking! TSA […]

Education

Prof. fired for using profanity, sexual humor
A professor at Louisiana State University was recently fired after a 20-year career at the university for using profanity and sexual humor in the classroom. Teresa Buchanan, a tenured professor of elementary education, was officially terminated on June 19 after a lengthy investigation by the university. Buchanan has said she is the victim of a […]
UW adds to list of racial microaggressions
THE COLLEGE FIX — University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point officials have advised faculty that the term “America is a melting pot” is a racial microaggression. The common phrase was among a list of examples of so-called racial microaggressions used “as a discussion item for some new faculty and staff training over the past few years,” a campus official told […]
Prof. claims white people 'conditioned' to murder
A former professor at the University of Memphis is under fire for suggesting that white people are conditioned to commit mass murder. Zandria Robinson, who until recently served as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Memphis, decided to tweet her thoughts on the shooting in Charleston, S.C. “Waits for thinkpieces about how […]
Obama's 'gainful employment' rule takes effect
After years of negotiations and several legal challenges, the Obama administration’s “gainful employment” rule goes into effect today. The Education Department rule cracking down on for-profit colleges will require schools to track their graduates’ employment, and will cut off funding for career training programs that don’t meet the department’s debt-to-earnings ratio. The department has estimated […]
Nevada school voucher program could go nationwide
Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz (R) announced that he has begun the process to make the state’s new voucher program the largest in the country–and if he’s successful, it could lead to a wave of similar laws nationwide. The Las Vegas Sun reported on Wednesday that starting in January 2016 any parent, regardless of income, […]

Congress

Reid wants more background checks for gun sales
Even though he is in the twilight of his Senate career, Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is looking to pass a major gun control bill that will expand background checks for gun purchases. The Hill reported that Reid is looking to use the recent massacre in Charleston to advance gun control. “The United States is […]
GOP holds hearing on Millennials and #GOPFuture
Stopping just short of asking, “So what are the kids up to these days,” the House Republican Policy Committee held a formal hearing Tuesday afternoon to better understand how to reach out and connect with Millennials – the generation characteristically pegged as being  not interested in politics. The hearing was held in the Rayburn House office building, […]
Another House Dem calls on Pelosi to resign
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) has become the third Democrat this year to call for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step down from her leadership post. Yarmuth aired his grievances Monday, commenting that three of the top House Democrat leaders are getting old and out of touch. “We have to be willing to step aside. I […]
Rep. Stefanik: Millennials 'up for grabs' in 2016
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress and, accordingly, is leading the charge for the GOP’s appeal to millennials. Stefanik, 30, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday morning to discuss her new place in Congress and the hearing she will hold later today for the Republican Policy Committee on reaching […]
Who does Nancy Pelosi want on the new $10 bill?
In news that should surprise no one, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is weighing in on the debate surrounding the new $10 bill and the female face to go on it. Pelosi brought up the news at her daily press briefing Thursday, Time reported, and offered her suggestion for the woman to be honored — […]

From Around the Web

The liberals are trying to ruin guacamole
There was a time when it was true that some things go without saying. Don’t cross the road without checking traffic. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t put peas in your guacamole. But the New York Times is progressive, pushing boundaries, redefining categories. It used to be news. Now they’ve moved on to the most essential part […]
America loves Chik-fil-A
#LoveWins, but so does Chik-fil-A. Chik-fil-A is the highest-ranked fast food chain in America, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s 2015 Restaurant Survey. With a score of 86/100, MarketWatch reports it’s also the most highly-ranked fast food ever recorded,  since ACSI began taking the survey 20 years ago.   It seems that, despite efforts to tie […]
Poll: Over half of millennials would leave America
Just in time for the nation’s holiday that celebrates American history and national pride, a recent survey reveals that 35 percent of Americans would emigrate. And of those surveyed, 55 percent of the millennials were on the side of leaving the U.S.A. The 55 percent who would pick up and move stated a higher paying job as a possible factor that would lure them […]
Man tries to raise Greece's debt online
A British man has started a crowdfunding site and is calling on the people of Europe to bail out the people of Greece. So far he’s gained some traction–over 60,000 people have donated more than €1 million. Time reported that Thom Feeney, a marketing manager who lives in the U.K., decided he would do his part […]
E.L. James attacked on Twitter by indignant 'fans'
An attempt to chat with fans over Twitter backfired on Monday for Fifty Shades of Grey writer E.L. James. The writer chose to spend an hour answering questions via Twitter about her stories. What she failed to see coming, however, were questions like this: #AskELJames Is there a safe word which will stop you from writing […]