Polititainment

'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?

SNL mocks Obama on Ebola

Saturday's SNL episode opened with a segment poking fun at both Obama and his chosen Ebola Czar Ron Klain, who has been the subject of criticism because he has no experience in the medical field.

Madeleine Albright T(witter)KOs Conan

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright bested Conan O'Brien by Twitter knockout Thursday night, ribbing the comedian with a comeback worthy of a seasoned pro.

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

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.

Rand Paul: ‘The war on terror is not over’

Rand Paul attempted to lay out his recently evolving foreign policy vision at his speech Thursday night at the Center for the National Interest.

McCarthy speaks out against 'Truthy' study
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is joining the growing dissent against the federally-funded “Truthy” study designed to monitor political speech on social media. In a blog post Thursday, titled “#KillingFreeSpeech,” McCarthy promises that the House Committee on Science will be conducting oversight “in the coming months on this and other questionable government-funded research projects.” “Why does the government […]

From Around The Web

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.

Fla. brewery sues state's ban on 64 oz. growlers

If you thought soda bans were silly, Florida’s beer container laws are nothing short of outrageous.

Policy

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 […]
The FCC could pave the way for internet TV

Regulators are tip-toeing toward a huge change that would grant new content to online TV companies.

D.C. regulates UberX, Lyft with 'model' bill
You might not believe this but something good has come out of the government in D.C.! The D.C. Council passed a bill Tuesday legalized ride-sharing services and Uber is hoping it will become “a model” for other cities to follow. The bill, called the Vehicle-for-Hire Innovation Act of 2014, “could be a model for the rest […]

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 […]