Jon Stewart mocks Netanyahu

Jon Stewart spent a good deal of time Tuesday evening bashing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech before Congress, saying sarcastically, “Even though Netanyahu was speaking only two weeks before the Israeli elections, he wasn’t there just to use our Congress as the most elaborate campaign commercial background ever.”

Stewart calls House GOP 'turds'

Jon Stewart was looking forward to the end of congressional gridlock now that Republicans control both houses.

John Oliver gloats over net neutrality

John Oliver, who once spurred his followers to crash the FCC’s website demanding net neutrality, is positively gleeful over the news that the agency has approved rules to regulate the internet like a public utility.

Biden jokes about his creepy photos

Remember that time Joe Biden got close to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s wife?

The 'Notorious RBG' takes over SNL
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives pretty hilarious and biting interviews in real life — “not 100 percent sober” ringing any bells? — but Kate McKinnon’s version of the “Notorious RBG” on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” may just take the cake. From jokes about her morning exercise routine to her sexy dreams about […]

White House

Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.

It’s on: Obama follows through and vetoes Keystone pipeline

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

Biden: The middle class is ‘being killed,’ in worse shape than any time since the ’20s

Joe Biden—everyone’s favorite creeper and truth-bomb-dropper.

MSNBC Host: Obama’s terrorism summit is a ‘dog and pony show’
You know it’s bad when President Obama has even lost the support of MSNBC. MSNBC Host Andrea Mitchell basically called the White House’s Summit on “Countering Violent Extremism” a farce during her show Wednesday. “Here he has the summit, no heads of government coming, the participation has not been at a particularly high level. We’ll have […]
Obama assures ‘almost complete confidence’ there have been no NSA abuses

The president’s interview with Re/code over the weekend touched on privacy issues, with Obama insisting with “almost complete confidence” that there have been no abuses of the government’s vast surveillance program.

Congress

Can Congress pass NSA reform in the next 100 days?

After failing to pass NSA reform last year, Congress has less than 100 days left to try again, or allow the entire phone metadata program to sunset on June 1.

Trey Gowdy says he's going straight to Hillary

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email controversy has opened up a new front in the House's investigation of the 2012 Benghazi attack, with Rep. Trey Gowdy saying Tuesday that his investigators would be going straight to Clinton and her team to obtain all relevant correspondence.

More Congressmen had student loan debt this year
The student loan debt crisis is not just a growing problem among the American public, it’s growing among members of Congress as well. A grand total of 47 members of Congress reported a cumulative total of between $1.8 million and $4.6 million in student loan debt in 2013, as calculated by OpenSecrets based on personal […]
Congress sends Homeland Security bill to Obama

Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president's immigration policies.

Dems worry about Warren's leftward push

The Hill reports that Democrats are beginning to worry about Elizabeth Warren's gravitational pull on the party's direction. It's a black hole of progressivism, baby.

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You gotta fight for your right to eat pizza
  BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK — There are 11,781 registered lobbyists in Washington, more than enough to represent even the most arcane special interests. The American Racing Pigeon Union has a lobbying firm to work on its behalf. So do the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, the Owners of Ivory Miniatures, and the International Natural Sausage Casing Association. Within […]
Justice Department clears officer Darren Wilson

The Justice Department won't prosecute a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted the city and its law enforcement for racial bias and unconstitutional practices.

'Walking Dead' town for sale on eBay for $680K
Obsessed with zombies? Feel like you could run a town? Have a spare $680,000 lying around? If you meet those qualifications, you may just be in luck. Downtown Grantville, Georgia, featured on season three of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is up for sale on eBay, Buzzfeed reported. Grantville used to have a thriving textile industry. […]
Meet the 15-yr-old who makes $300K babysitting
Well here’s a story that will make you feel unproductive and inspired all in one fell swoop. Noa Mintz, a 15-year-old living in New York City, has changed up the nannying and babysitting game by creating her own company that matches families to their perfect sitter. The inspiration for Nannies by Noa was a simple […]
Federal judge blocks Nebraska's gay marriage ban

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban on Monday, but the decision will not take effect for a week and the attorney general's office immediately appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Policy

Govt encryption ban left milllions open to hacking

The U.S. government has a history of meddling with encryption. And thanks to a 90’s policy banning the export of strong encryption to other countries, millions of websites, including government websites like Whitehouse.gov and NSA.gov, were infected by a “major security flaw” for over ten years, the Washington Post reports.

NYPD commissioner blames murder rate on marijuana

It’s been quite a week for anti-pot arguments: first it was that smoking marijuana will give you a heart attack; then that all the wildlife—particularly bunnies—will get stoned; and now that legal pot ups the murder rate.

Poll finds NSA fares best with millennials

Pew’s new poll on public views of various government agencies finds that a lot of agencies are viewed favorably by the majority of Americans—including the NSA, CDC, CIA, and VA.

O-care to blame for predicted shortage of doctors
America is on track to face a shortage of between 46,000 and 90,000 physicians by 2025 and Obamacare is one of the primary reasons. A new report by the Association of American Medical Colleges, released Tuesday, projects shortages in all areas of medical care thanks to demographics and the industry changes that came with the Affordable […]
Obama’s policing task force releases report

The Obama-appointed task force on “21st Century Policing” is out with its report, recommending reforms like body camera implementation and moving away from military-style operations like those seen in Ferguson.

Education

IG: Stolen identities used to obtain student loans
Your identity may have been used to fraudulently take out hundreds of thousands in student loans and you wouldn’t even know it. A new U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General report shared frightening findings about the growing prevalence of fraudsters applying for student loan funding using stolen identities. About $187 million in student loans and […]
Democrat announces support for student debt strike
The U.S. Department of Education makes billions off of student loan repayments each year, but one Democrat congresswoman is standing behind a group of former students who are refusing to make payments on what they consider to be “illegitimate” loans. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Tuesday she supports the 15 former Everest College students who […]
Ed Dept. employees caught stealing student info
The U.S. Department of Education requires a lot of personal information when applying for federal student loans. While that information exchange can help students head to college, it also puts their personal information at risk — a trade-off federal employees appear to have exploited. The Daily Mail reported that multiple Education Department employees have been […]
DoE fires five student loan debt collectors
The U.S. Department of Education has killed its contracts with five companies that collect defaulted federal student loans after finding out that they made “innaccurate representations” to borrowers and presented them with “unacceptably high rates,” according to a news release.  The Department said it would end its contracts with Navient-owned Pioneer Credit Recovery, Coast Professional, Enterprise […]
House passes bill expanding college savings plans
THE HILL — The House passed legislation on Wednesday to enhance college savings plans that initially would have been reduced in President Obama’s budget this year. Passage of the bill, 401-20, comes after the Obama administration backed off a proposal to eliminate tax breaks for the college savings accounts in its fiscal 2016 budget. Nineteen […]