Polititainment

GoT Author to host Democrat Fundraiser
The red fundraiser? In this case, the appropriate color is probably blue. George R.R. Martin, the author of the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the inspiration for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” will host a fundraiser for Sen. Tom Udall (D- N.M.) in early October. According to Udall’s campaign, the event will […]
Jay Carney's son performs at White House

The former White House press secretary and now CNN political commentator tweeted out a photo of his son's band Twenty20 performing at a White House event Monday evening.

Stewart: Graham has panicked for 13 yrs
Comedian Jon Stewart is taking some time away from going after his favorite Republican war hawk Sen. John McCain and is now going after McCain’s fellow rally crier, Sen. Lindsey Graham. Graham had some strong words over the weekend on the topic of ISIS, saying,  ”This president needs to rise to the occasion before we […]
Actress: I made 'constitutional' stand

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts said Monday morning that she made a stand for her "constitutional rights" in resisting the LAPD late last week.

Gillibrand Madam Secretary inspiration

After first revealing that CBS' upcoming "Madam Secretary" series was inspired by Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, the show's producers are now saying that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was more of the inspiration for the lead role.

 

White House

Joe Biden should never be allowed to support a Redskins name change

Imagine for a moment a tied Senate vote urging the Washington Redskins to change their team name. Into the chamber steps Joe Biden.

Gaffetastic vice-president apologizes for slur

Vice-President Joe Biden apologized Wednesday for his use of an ethnic slur in a speech this week.

Two remarkable stories show why these Vietnam vets earned an exemption to receive the Medal of Honor

Two Vietnam War veterans who were granted an exemption to receive the Medal of Honor were officially recognized Monday, recalling the extraordinary courage of servicemen often obscured by the tumultuous domestic politics of the era.

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has spread across both countries.

Golf courses are now rejecting President Obama

A president can no longer just golf like a major champion today.

Congress

Rand Paul: Millennials 'aren't as wedded to party'
Sen. Rand Paul (R – Ky.) seems to have the majority of millennials figured out. The presidential hopeful spoke with The Federalist this week about his foreign policy views and the shift toward libertarian views among millennials. “I think the libertarian influence, the libertarian-ish Republican, the libertarian conservatives in many ways is great for the […]
Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz
POLITICO – Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most. Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two […]
'Finally, we're gonna audit the Fed'

The House passed a bill Wednesday afternoon to audit the Federal Reserve, a long-time crusade of former Rep. Ron Paul and libertarians.

No welfare for weed under House bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Tuesday night that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the “no welfare for weed” bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases […]
Congress tweets the Constitution

For an alternative reading experience this Constitution Day, direct your attention to Darrell Issa's Twitter feed.

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Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot

SYDNEY (AP) — Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said.

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

Congress has an obsession with fitness trackers
The “Do nothing Congress” no more. Bills and legislation might still be stalled, but members of Congress and their respective staffs are running full speed ahead — or at least walking. Republican Reps. John Boehner and Fred Upton and Democratic Reps. Patrick Murphy and Steve Israel have all gotten into the fitness tracking craze, counting […]
US hones in on homegrown ISIS threat

WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says at least one foreign fighter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has already traveled in and out of the United States before committing a suicide bombing overseas.

GOP blocks Warren’s student loan bill

THE HILL -- Senate Republicans blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) from bringing up her bill to allow students to refinance their loans.

Policy

GOP wants Healthcare.gov to be more secure
Congressional Republicans are calling on the Obama administration to make sure Healthcare.gov is fully secure before the sign-up period begins in less than two months. Eight GOP committee leaders in the House and Senate wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday with concerns about the site after a new report […]
Anti-gun group capitalizes on NFL violence
The anti-gun group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is looking to capitalize on the publicity surrounding the NFL’s recent domestic violence scandals, even though guns were not used in several of the recent cases. Americans for Responsible Solutions issued a report Tuesday linking incidents like the one involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray […]
Liam Neeson shoots off anti-gun rant
Though he carries a gun in almost all of his on-screen time, actor Liam Neeson is extremely anti-gun off-screen. In an interview with The Independent to promote his new film “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” Neeson called for strict gun control in the U.S. “I am totally for gun control in the U.S. The population […]
Activists blast spy bill as 'ripe for abuse'
THE HILL – Liberal groups, transparency advocates and the whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers are coming out strongly against a Senate bill to reform the National Security Agency (NSA), arguing the reforms it contains are inadequate. Activists and whistleblowers told members of Congress in a letter on Monday that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) USA Freedom […]
Rand Paul makes an Anthony Weiner joke
While speaking to the New Hampshire chapter of Generation Opportunity about the need for privacy and the extent of government overreach, Sen. Rand Paul (R – Ky.) managed to fit in a joke that included both disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner and the woman at the center of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner. “How many […]

Education

Court upholds ban on U.S. flag shirts at CA school
It is no longer safe to display an American flag at Live Oak High School in California and a court has upheld the school’s right to ban students from wearing patriotic apparel as a result. U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Wednesday declining a request for an en banc hearing, a hearing in front […]
Occupy is turning its attention to student loans
The Occupy Wall Street movement turned three years old Wednesday and it has a new target — the country’s more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. The group’s Strike Debt initiative, run by Rolling Jubilee, announced Wednesday it has abolished $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt since January. The group spent $100,000 buying […]
Youtube to Michelle: Address high cost of college
While Youtube comments are usually full of name-calling and NSFW postings, First Lady Michelle Obama might actually want to hear from the commenters on her latest video interview. It can only help. Obama appeared on Youtube celebrity Tyler Oakley’s channel Friday to promote her “Reach Higher” initiative. The “Reach Higher” initiative is “the First Lady’s effort […]
'Back to School' helps show value of a degree
EconPop, a Youtube video series that pulls out economic lessons from films and pop culture, is tackling the value of education in its latest video. Using the 1980s movie “Back to School,” comedian Andrew Heaton talks about a person’s human capital. “Education is one of the most important investments in your human capital,” he said. He […]
The college where students minor in craft beer
“He was a wise man who invented beer.”    -Plato You probably guzzled down a lot of beer in college, but did you brew any of it? Or, even better, get credit hours for it? Now, students can minor in craft-beer brewing at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York, the college announced this month. […]