Polititainment

Billy Joel: Obama smoking story 'untrue'

After a report emerged from a source for The Hill newspaper that Joel on a trip to Washington, D.C., claimed that he recently smoked a cigarette with President Obama, the musician is now denying the story.

Pharrell: Brown's actions 'bully-ish'

Musician Pharrell Williams said in a recent Ebony magazine interview that President Obama "should have gone down" to Ferguson to address the situation.

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 […]

White House

White House claims Obama is ‘not a media critic’

The White House doesn’t really seem to have a problem contradicting itself, so maybe this latest whopper shouldn’t surprise us.

Obama uses turkey pardoning to joke about his executive action on immigration
This is one executive action President Obama is sure won’t ruffle Republicans’ feathers. In fact, he’s so sure of that fact that he decided to make a joke during the annual turkey pardoning referencing his unprecedented use of executive action to grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants. “I’m here to announce what I’m sure will […]
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.

Congress

Pelosi and Obama versus Schumer and America

This is like one of those times a member of a professional wrestling posse turns heel on national television and sets off the drama.

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.

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School shaves student's head without permission
Talk about an extreme reaction. An assistant principal  at a New York high school shaved a student’s head in front of his classmates because he decided it violated the dress code, local news station WHAM reported. Lucus Hull, 17, got a faux-hawk haircut, with his hair trimmed short on the sides with a little bit of […]
Homeless man seeks family for Thanksgiving
The holidays really can bring out the best in people. When 54-year-old Neal Shytles thinks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, he doesn’t think about family or good food or spending time with loved ones. Instead, the homeless man is forced to think about how alone he is. “One night, I was talking with two of my friends […]
Astronauts on ISS have a sad Thanksgiving meal

For the six astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS), Thanksgiving dinner probably won’t taste quite like mom’s.

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 […]

Policy

Bill to give veterans access to medical marijuana

Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) have introduced a bill that would allow veterans suffering from PTSD consult with their doctors about medical marijuana treatment.

Graphic shows divide of police perception by race

Reason has produced a graphic from the latest Reason-Rupe survey of perceptions of law enforcement by race:

Government discovers fast food is unhealthy
As always, your taxpayer dollar are being spent wisely in Washington. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a study Tuesday that examined years of data to find out that Americans buy fast food because it saves time. They also discovered that fast food is very unhealthy. The study was conducted by USDA’s Economic Research Service […]
IRS has 'billion-dollar problem' with prison taxes

The IRS shelled out $70 million for illegitimate tax refund claims from prisoners in 2012, according to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Most worry about privacy but don't act on fears

Although a majority of people worldwide are increasingly concerned about online privacy, few choose to take added precautions to safeguard their data, according to a new poll.

Education

Innovative idea leads to $10,000 college degree
Brandman University, a California-based college with online offerings in place, is offering a new way to earn a college degree for an estimated $10,000. Brandman’s new bachelor of business administration is fully online. And not just the classes. There are no physical textbooks either for this “competency-based” degree. Students will have access to 30,000 pages of […]
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 […]