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Mark Udall struggles to think of his favorite books

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Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) seemed a bit rattled in his recent interview with ABC 7 News.

John Oliver pushes for military translators to get out of ‘bureaucratic limbo’ in visa process

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The U.S. government exerted more effort and made it a bigger priority to rescue a stray donkey that to help the local translators who risked their lives to help the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. That contradiction is comedian John Oliver’s eviscerated/destroyed/demolished topic of the week. Congress approved special visas for Iraqis and Afghanis who […]

Man plays ‘Star Spangled Banner’ using just his rifle and some steel targets

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Well, we’ve never heard the “Star Spangled Banner” quite like this before. An impressive video of a man playing the patriotic tune with a Ruger 10/22 and a bunch of steel targets was recently posted to the YouTube account of Musical Targets, the company who made the  steel targets. The video has racked up more than 500,000 views […]

John Oliver finds the perfect solution to the Supreme Court camera ban

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Comedian John Oliver is sick of the Supreme Court ban on cameras in the court room and the ridiculous ways it makes television news stations have to cover those cases. But all hope is not lost. “What happens at the Supreme Court is way too important not to pay attention to and yet the ban […]

Five shocking Internet hacks

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THE HILL — The string of serious hacking attacks against U.S. businesses is spurring calls in Congress for cybersecurity reform. Industry observers are pessimistic about the changes for a quick fix, predicting that legislation won’t reach the president’s desk until a “major catastrophe” occurs. “Congress follows public sentiment — and loses interest when the public […]

U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training

Army Stf. Sgt. Samuel Hines, left, helps Cpl. Zachary Wicker tape gloves to his uniform in Fort Bliss, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 14,  2014. About 500 Fort Bliss soldiers are preparing for deployment to West Africa where they will provide support in a military effort to contain the Ebola outbreak. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

THE DAILY BEAST — American military operations to fight Ebola in Africa are unfolding quickly—forcing the military to come up with some procedures and protocols on the fly. Soldiers preparing for deployment to West Africa are given just four hours of Ebola-related training before leaving to combat the epidemic. And the first 500 soldiers to […]

Stewart and Colbert go after ‘Fangate’

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Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had a field day with “Fangate” Thursday night.

Jimmy Kimmel becomes an Uber driver for a day

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Late night host Jimmy Kimmel says he is a big fan of Uber, the ride sharing smartphone app. But instead of always experiencing his Uber rides in the backseat, Kimmel said he wanted to move up to the driver’s seat. Kimmel registered as an Uber driver and began picking up people in Los Angeles. One […]

The Democrats’ Most Effective Midterm Message: Outsourcing

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NATIONAL JOURNAL — Of all the negative campaign messages that Democrats have used this midterm election, the most effective one is a time-tested line of attack: hitting Republican businessmen for being exorbitantly wealthy while outsourcing jobs overseas and laying off employees. It was President Obama’s central argument in his reelection campaign against Mitt Romney, and […]

Fox News kicked Russell Brand out of their building

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Russell Brand’s ongoing feud with Fox News took yet another turn this week.

Senate’s inquiry into CIA torture sidesteps blaming Bush, aides

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MCCLATCHY DC — A soon-to-be released Senate report on the CIA doesn’t assess the responsibility of former President George W. Bush or his top aides for any of the abuses of the agency’s detention and interrogation program, avoiding a full public accounting of one of the darkest chapters of the war on terror.

Rand Paul appears to poke fun at Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign on Twitter

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Sorry Michelle. It doesn’t look like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to “turnip for what.” Paul let the first lady know about his first stop in New Hampshire Thursday on Twitter. The likely presidential hopeful went from the plane to the Dunkin’ Donuts and snapped a photo. Just arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire. First stop: @DunkinDonuts cc: […]

Jimmy Fallon and Shailene Woodley make a pumpkin explode

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Jimmy Fallon played a new seasonal game called “pumpkin time bomb” with actress Shailene Woodley on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday.

Dem lawmaker fends off attacker thanks to his concealed carry license

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Pennsylvania state Rep. Marty Flynn (D-Luzerne) was approached and threatened by an armed teenager Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the perpetrator, the Democrat was packing heat.

Andrea Mitchell questions Greg Abbott’s ‘supposed disability’ in interview with Wendy Davis

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MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell interviewed Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis after the candidate’s controversial ad made national headlines and it appeared that she was confused about what exactly she was supposed to be questioning. In the midst of asking Davis about the offensive ad, Mitchell actually questioned Greg Abbott’s, the opponent’s, paralysis. Could you have run […]

Jimmy Fallon, Brad Pitt hold a ‘breakdance conversation’

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Brad Pitt stopped by “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday night to promote his new film “Fury,” but this interview differed from most on his press tour. While Pitt has been making headlines for his pro-gun statements, this time he decided to let his sweet dance moves do the talking. Fallon and Pitt had a […]

O’Reilly and Stewart duke it out over ‘white privilege’

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Jon Stewart had one goal in bringing Bill O’Reilly on his show Tuesday evening: “I want you to admit that there is such a thing as white privilege.”

Obama, Ebola and optics

President Barack Obama meets with members of his public health and national security team about the response to the diagnosis of a second Ebola case in Dallas, Texas, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

POLITICO — President Barack Obama is on high alert about Ebola, and doesn’t want anybody to think otherwise. Any time Obama is campaigning or on vacation when something big goes wrong — from a downed plane to race riots — aides scoff at the idea that he is not focusing on his day job. Air […]

HBO to Launch Stand-Alone Streaming Service

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL — HBO is finally giving the cord-cutters what they want.

Skipping a rock on a barely frozen lake pretty much sounds like birdsong

Skipping a rock on a barely frozen lake pretty much sounds like birdsong

A few moments of unbridled and unexpected joy for the middle of your workweek.