Polititainment

Obama: LeBron 'did the right thing'

President Obama supports LeBron James' decision to wear an "I can't breathe" t-shirt during warmup before the NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets last week.

Al Sharpton, Hollywood's Sony Liaison

In a private meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City Thursday, Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal told Sharpton that he could have a voice in how the movie studio makes its films.

Clooney: Release 'The Interview' online

George Clooney may have the most awesomely toothy response to the Sony Pictures cyberattack that forced the movie studio to pull the film "The Interview" from its December 25 release.

Jon Stewart might ruin your childhood

Jon Stewart brought his nightmare-inducing recurring character “Gitmo” on the show to talk about the normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba.

Colbert's embargo on the Vatican

Colbert had to chide his audience Wednesday night for getting excited about making “Cuba more libre.”

White House

Obama: we can’t have censorship subject to ‘some dictator someplace’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

U.S. confirms North Korea was behind Sony attack and promises ‘proportional’ response

Officials no longer merely suspect North Korea to be behind the cyberattack on Sony Picture—they’ve confirmed it.

District court declares Obama’s executive action on immigration unconstitutional
A federal court in Pennsylvania declared parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration unconstitutional Tuesday. Judge Arthur J. Schwab, sitting in the western district of Pennsylvania, said presidents do have the power to use discretion in deciding how to enforce laws, but found that Obama’s recent executive action went much further than that.  He said Obama was writing […]
Obama administration extends Pell grants to juvenile offenders
The Obama administration has set out new guidelines that allow for students sentenced to juvenile correctional facilities to be eligible for federal Pell grants. The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice sent out a joint release Monday that clarified an earlier law. Congress in 1994 prohibited inmates at federal and state prisons from receiving Pell Grants […]
White House denies report that it wants to delay release of CIA torture report

The White House is insisting it wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to release its report on CIA torture practices, despite a report that Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to scuttle it.

Congress

Rubio says Rand Paul is clueless on Cuba

Sen. Marco Rubio made his criticism of a fellow Republican plain Thursday night.

Gowdy's office responds to Speaker chatter

Rep. Trey Gowdy has become a sensation on the Right, with his no-nonsense style and committee hearing takedowns of Obama officials garnering him praise and attention.

Rand Paul: 'Opening up Cuba is a good idea'

Sen. Rand Paul broke with the Republican Party's prevailing argument against President Obama's Cuba policy Thursday, saying the move toward opening trade with the long-embargoed nation "probably" is a good idea.

Retiring DemHenry Waxman's farewell ode to govt

You'd think that, 40 years in, a congressman might grow cynical about the prospects of government meddling. Not retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)!

Senate Confirms Pro-Gun Control Surgeon General
NATIONAL JOURNAL — The Senate narrowly confirmed a new surgeon general whose nomination was delayed for months in a fight over his comments alleging that guns are a public health issue. The confirmation represents a victory for gun-control advocates, even as recent polling has shown Americans moving in the other direction toward gun-rights protections. The […]

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North Korea denies involvement in Sony hack
North Korea has denied its involvement in the Sony hack and offered its services to the U.S. for helping find the true attacker. But in true Pyongyang fashion, that offer comes along with a thinly veiled threat. The cyberattack on Sony was sparked by the upcoming film “The Interview,” which focuses on a C.I.A. plot […]
2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car
NEW YORK (AP) — The warning came just moments too late: A man who had shot his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier had traveled to New York City and vowed online to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Just minutes before a wanted poster for Ismaaiyl Brinsley arrived […]
Petition asks Sony to release 'The Interview'

Hotair.com's Mary Katharine Ham has a petition on Change.org asking Sony to “Please release "The Interview" and "stop letting terrorists decide which movies Americans get to see.”

Lawmakers consider ban on powdered alcohol
DENVER (AP) — Powdered alcohol hasn’t even arrived in stores yet, but states already are moving to ban the product touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on the go. Colorado is the latest state considering prohibiting “Palcohol” amid concern it will increase underage drinking. The product is marketed as […]
Paramount bans screenings of 'Team America'
North Korea wins again. After Sony Pictures canceled the Christmas Day theater release of “The Interview,” movie theaters around the country stepped up and planned “Team America: World Police” showings in its place. Those theaters posted on Twitter Thursday that Paramount Pictures had banned them from showing the “Team America” film. Due to to circumstances […]

Policy

Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over pot

Colorado's neighbors don't seem to be catching on to the marijuana-acceptance trend.

Privacy experts predict bleak future

Ten years from now, will privacy be the exception?

IRS can't handle budget cuts

Good luck getting help on your taxes this season--and don't count on a prompt refund.

Cops can base 'threat rating' on online activity

The future of policing may be here, and it’s more than a little intrusive.

Millennials continue to change business models
From car services to music to television, traditional business models have had to shift to earn their pennies from millennials. Now movie theaters are looking to cash in. AMC Theaters, the number two movie theater chain in North America, announced Wednesday a new partnership with MoviePass. Similar to Netflix, MoviePass is a service that lets people go to a movie […]

Education

Obama administration's college ratings framework

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Colleges and universities have fretted over how they will be judged under a new college ratings system President Barack Obama announced last year would be developed to encourage transparency and affordability.

Obama to unveil new college grading plan
The U.S. Department of Education will release the first outline of its new college ratings system on Friday and it is already causing a lot of division between the administration, Republicans and higher education advocates. Friday’s draft is expected to include the metrics on which colleges would be rated by the federal government, Inside Higher […]
Prof suspended for criticizing liberal colleague
A tenured Marquette University political science professor has been officially banned from campus property and suspended from teaching thanks to his blog post that criticized a liberal colleague’s refusal to allow a conservative student to debate the topic of gay marriage in her classroom. The suspended professor, John McAdams, received an email Tuesday from Richard Holz, the […]
'Triggers' prevent profs from teaching rape law
The anti-rape culture movement and an excessive need for “trigger warnings” are preventing law professors from doing their job, one professor says. Jeannie Suk, a professor of law at Harvard University, recently wrote a piece for the New Yorker that argues against trigger warning policies which infringe on instructors’ academic freedom and deny students the opportunity to […]
Oberlin asks for exam exemptions post-Ferguson
Following the model set at several law schools, students at Oberlin College are pleading for leniency during final exams and the final grading period this fall semester in light of the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and the shooting of Tamir Rice. A petition has been circling around the […]