Polititainment

Billy Joel smoked with Obama

According to one of The Hill's sources, Obama invited Billy Joel to have a cigarette with him when the musician made a recent trip to the White House.

Beckham's catch = Obama's executive act

You know it is.

'SNL' remakes Schoolhouse Rock
“Saturday Night Live” hit today’s political process right on the nose during the show’s cold open. Spoofing Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill,” Kenan Thompson as the bill tried to explain how he becomes a law. But before he can make his way  to President Obama’s desk to be officially signed into law, Obama beats him […]
Foxx talks dancing with Christie, McCain
Who could possibly forget this epic photo? Late night host Jimmy Kimmel certainly hadn’t, so when he had the chance to interview actor Jamie Foxx Wednesday night, he simply had to get the back story. Foxx has been the host of this annual charity event for several years. “What’s interesting is that every year that […]
Jon Stewart on Christie's 'pig problem'

Jon Stewart got into Chris Christie’s “pig problem”—which wasn’t quite what Stewart thought it was at first.

White House

Poll: Americans split on Obama’s immigration order
Americans are sharply split on their reaction to President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration that will essentially give amnesty to about five million undocumented immigrants,according to a new poll. The latest Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday found that 45 percent of voters support the president’s move, while 48 percent opposes it. Support for […]
Eric Holder stresses that federal investigations in Ferguson are not over

Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement Monday night assuring rioters that the Justice Department still has two investigations to complete in Ferguson.

Obama appeals for calm after Ferguson decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Michael Brown, pleading with both residents and police officers to show restraint.

Obama defends his flip-flop on immigration executive action
President Obama may have denounced the very executive action on immigration he ended up taking  more than 20 times in his presidency, but that’s not stopping him from ardently defending his actions. Obama appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and host George Stephanopoulos grilled the president about his the contradictions in his words and actions. “You […]
Obama: Voters want ‘new car smell’ in 2016, Hillary would be ‘great president’
President Obama still has two years left in office, but with the GOP overhaul in the midterms and his waning popularity, most people are already looking to 2016. Including, it seems, Obama himself. He said the best part of running for president after a two-term president is that “you can stake out your own positions” […]

Congress

Rand blames 'politicians,' drug war in Ferguson

Sen. Rand Paul’s Time op-ed on Ferguson Tuesday blamed politicians for creating “a culture of violence” through the War on Drugs, and urged Ferguson protesters to “channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change.”

Why are House Members exempt from ethics training?
Two U.S. representatives are questioning a curious practice on the Hill that exempts House Members from ethics training. But it doesn’t look like they are getting much support from their colleagues that enjoy this perk. Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Scott Rigell (R-Va.), are urging congressional leaders to end the House exemption on the annual ethics […]
Paul calls for formal declaration of war on ISIS

Sen. Rand Paul wants Congress to formally declare war against ISIS.

The fallout from Boehner not owning a dog

President Obama's offer to smooth over an immigration reform compromise with Speaker John Boehner has turned out to be a case of barking up the nonexistent tree.

Sen. Graham: Benghazi report 'full of crap'
Despite a new House Intelligence Committee report clearing the Obama administration of wrongdoing in its response to the Benghazi attack, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not backing down. “I think the report is full of crap,” Graham said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He said that the report did not take into account the members […]

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Cities nationwide consumed by Ferguson protests

Thousands of people in U.S. cities from Los Angeles to New York protested peacefully while others blocked traffic or clashed with police as anger flared over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

VA fires director of Phoenix facilities
THE HILL — The Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday fired the director of its Phoenix VA Health Care System, where long patient wait times were linked earlier this year to a series of patient deaths. A press release from the department said Director Sharon Helman was “formally removed” after an inspector general investigation substantiated […]
Grand jury won't indict officer Darren Wilson

FERGUSON, Mo. — A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests.

HS offers class on interacting with the police
After hearing about multiple student run-ins with officer from the New York Police Department, East Side Community High School decided to get the New York Civil Liberties Union involved and offer a class for students on how to interact with police officers. NYCLU coached 450 students on staying calm during police encounters, according to the New York Post. […]
Ferguson grand jury decision to be announced

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a spokesman for St. Louis County's top prosecutor said Monday.

Policy

Bloomberg shares anti-gun 'facts' for Thanksgiving
Set the scene: You’re sitting around the dining room table, surrounded by your family and loved ones, and everyone is sharing what they are most thankful for this year. At least until your liberal cousin decides to take Michael Bloomberg’s advice and shatter the mood by sharing some anti-gun propaganda over his plate of turkey and stuffing. […]
NSA 'privacy director' has Tumblr Q&A

The NSA’s “Civil Liberties and Privacy Director” Rebecca Richards did a Tumblr Q&A Monday, answering a number of questions about her job and the agency’s privacy practices.

Privacy advocates debate Patriot Act strategy

Since the Senate’s NSA reform bill failed to move forward last week by just two votes, privacy advocates have split amongst themselves over how to leverage several soon-to-expire provisions of the Patriot Act.

Marijuana arrests have been declining since 2009

It’s been a productive several years for marijuana legalization.

Thank Obamacare for the calorie count guilt
You have Obamacare to thank for that side of calorie count guilt that will soon be in restaurants, bars, movie theaters, grocery stores, and gas stations near you. The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday its final menu labeling requirements, which come from a provision in the totally transparent and not-at-all burdensome Affordable Care Act. “Americans […]

Education

UC students launch sit-in to protest tuition hikes
Students at the University of California Berkeley are taking the Board of Regents decision to raise tuition by 27 percent over the next five years sitting down — or rather, sitting in. Calling themselves “The Open UC,” around 200 students have moved into Wheeler Hall to host a sit-in in protest of the new tuition hike. […]
Professor dons Dick Cheney costume for Halloween

Can you imagine one of your professors dressing up as President Obama for a lecture on executive overreach?

Probably not. But dressing up as former Vice President Dick Cheney is fair game.

Students protest annual UC tuition hikes
University of California administrators have voted to raise tuition 27 percent by the end of the decade and UC system students aren’t taking the decision lying down. The Board of Regents voted Thursday to approve tuition increases of as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years unless the state decides to devote more […]
UC Davis violates First Amendment at registration
The University of California Davis is now requiring its students to complete  a mandatory “Violence Intervention & Prevention” online program, which requires them to agree with the school’s stance on what constitutes “harmful language,” before they are allowed to register for classes. The issue? All of the language included in the program is constitutionally protected. The […]
College enrollment up, graduation rates down
More first-time students enrolled in college at the beginning of the recession in 2008 as compared to earlier years. But this bump in enrollment surprisingly translated to lower graduation rates. According to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, the number of incoming students in 2008 grew by 12 percent  to 2.7 million, up […]