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Are Conservative Cities Better?

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POLITICO MAG – “On an overall basis,” says the boisterous Scott Smith, who was mayor of Mesa from 2008 until early this year, “there’s no doubt it’s extremely conservative.”

It might also be a glimpse of the GOP’s coming urban revival.

Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel asking for information about military ties to NFL

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CNN – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked his staff for detailed information about the U.S. military’s relationships with the National Football League in the wake of the scandal over how the league is handling domestic-abuse allegations against players.

Activists Want ‘Django Unchained’ actress to apologize to LAPD about detention

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NBC LA – It’s a story that went viral — Daniele Watts, a black actress claiming she was detained by the LAPD for kissing her white boyfriend in public.

Beer fight brewing over EPA rule

President Barack Obama has a beer at Wynkoop Brewing Co. with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

THE HILL — A battle is brewing in the beer industry over a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that spells out the agency’s authority to regulate bodies of water.

After 9 Months, Federal Probe of GWB Closure Finds No Link to Christie, Federal Sources Say

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NBC NEW YORK — The U.S. Justice Department investigation into Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has thus far uncovered no evidence indicating that he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the span, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York.

Jon Stewart: Biden hasn’t been out of the house in 52 years

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“The Daily Show” had some fun Thursday night with the VP’s recent double whammy of off-color remarks.

A vision for a la carte ‘local choice’ TV still alive on Capitol Hill

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WATCHDOG.ORG — Concerns about higher consumer prices if cable and satellite customers could unsubscribe from local channels they didn’t watch stalled a move on Capitol Hill to create a la carte local TV. But the proposal’s champions are fighting to keep the idea alive.

Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani duke it out in lip sync battle

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Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani faced off Wednesday night in “The Tonight Show’s” biggest lip sync battle to date. And while the performances didn’t quite reach the lip sync level set by Emma Stone, we have to give the hosts of “The Voice” some props. It would have been a toss-up between Shelton’s performance […]

Colbert pokes fun at the militarization of local police and school districts, suggests ways to make military vehicles less threatening

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Comedian Stephen Colbert has some ideas to help make the militarization of local police forces and school districts less threatening and scary. Since the events in Ferguson, Mo., the attention has been on a federal program that gives out surplus military equipment like Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and grenade launchers to communities around the country. Colbert […]

Jon Stewart finds the irony in the NFL succumbing to ‘beer pressure’

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Jon Stewart provided a thorough recap and take-down Wednesday night of the NFL’s recent waffling on player behavior.

Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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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 […]

Jimmy Kimmel repackages the ‘Hunger Games’ as a romantic comedy

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“The Hunger Games” is a movie about dystopian future where once a year the Capital rounds up some teenagers and forces them to try and kill one another. Jimmy Kimmel tried to reimagine that description Tuesday night in order to appeal to more possible viewers. There are boys, there are girls. Why shouldn’t it be […]

Gaffetastic vice-president apologizes for slur

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

In honor of Constitution Day, this member of Congress is tweeting the entire document

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

Congress is obsessed with fitness trackers and counting steps

Four fitness trackers from left to right, Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, Fitbug Orb, and the Nike FuelBand SE are examples of some of the latest crop of fitness gadgets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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 […]

Marco Rubio’s mentor story should inspire millennials to take pride in their work, believe in the American Dream

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R- Fla.) is the latest man to be featured in Esquire magazine’s “Mentor” series and while his story has been told before — during his campaign and in his book — his words should inspire millennials to believe in the American Dream and to take pride in their work. “My grandfather, who […]

US hones in on homegrown ISIS threat

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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

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., addresses the crowd during her appearance at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Friday, July 18, 2014. Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton could help them hang onto the White House. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)

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

Jimmy Fallon and Julianna Margulies ‘turn down for tut’ in musical morning announcement parody

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This certainly would have made mornings in high school more fun. Jimmy Fallon as the high school principal and Julianna Margulies as the vice principal put their own unique spin on the morning announcements. They parodied Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Magic! and Beyoncé to announce topics like the school dance, a debate team competition, parking passes […]

Pentagon rules target Hollywood leaks

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THE HILL – The fallout over the production of Zero Dark Thirty, a movie that depicted the hunt for Osama bin Laden, may be catching up to the Pentagon. The Department of Defense said Tuesday it is looking to crack down on soldiers who act in or provide filmmakers with classified information about their operations without permission. New rules would require soldiers to get […]