Polititainment

Colbert hates the midterms

There are a lot of tedious things Colbert doesn’t like to do in the autumn, like clean the gutters and pretend to like decorative gourds.

Russell Brand says you shouldn't vote
Sorry, Lil’ Jon. Russell Brand won’t be turning out for what no matter how many times you sing it. Brand appeared on ABC’s “The View” Monday to promote his new book “Revolution.” “You have an insistence that this revolution cannot and will not come about through voting. There is not a revolution I can think […]
John Oliver is not a PSL fan

John Oliver is not a fan of pumpkin spice lattes, “The coffee that tastes like a candle.”

'Citizenfour' Snowden film premieres
A new documentary about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden premiered Friday, giving a look into his life in exile and revealing a behind-the-scenes look at the eight days Snowden spent with reporters going over the first stories about the overreaching government surveillance. Titled “Citizenfour,” the documentary was created by Glenn Greenwald’s reporting partner Laura Poitras. According to […]
'SNL' mocks Kim Jong Un's public absence
“Saturday Night Live” mocked Kim Jong Un’s recent public absence in the show’s cold open. The North Korean leader, played by Bobby Moynihan, was outraged at the rumors about gout, diabetes and “too much imported cheese” and demanded to know how anyone could believe such lies because he is “as strong as a dragon.” When someone commented […]

White House

Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is authorizing the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The U.S. has already committed to sending up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and help build treatment […]
Obama calls for ‘much more aggressive’ response to Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis. While Ebola patients are not considered contagious until they have symptoms and only two persons have been known to contract the […]
Obama’s approval rating hits a new low
President Obama’s approval rating has hit yet another new low, the latest poll finds. The ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday found that just 40 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, marking the lowest score this poll has seen since he took office. The “hits a new low” has become a common refrain for the […]
Michelle Obama parodies Lil’ Jon with a turnip in hand
If you thought Rock the Vote’s celebrity-filled “Turn Out for What” video was the most bizarre Lil’ Jon parody out this month, you clearly haven’t checked out the First Lady’s Twitter page. First Lady Michelle Obama was answering questions about her “Let’s Move” program and her day in the White House Garden on Twitter’s six-second […]
Liberals blaming Republicans for the spread of Ebola might want to do their homework
Before liberals get too attached to the “Republicans are to blame for Ebola” line, they might want to take a step back and look closer at the figures they are citing. The Agenda Project Action Fund and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee both released ads and images Monday that blamed the spread of Ebola on Republicans voting for […]

Congress

Congress: Stop travel between US and Ebola nations

Congress is getting vocal about the Ebola threat.

Dem throws Ferguson into the net neutrality debate
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to make broadband Internet service as a public utility and he is using the recent protests in Ferguson, Mo. to do it. Ellison’s argument against a proposed rule to create Internet “fast lanes” for companies willing to pay for them is that the Internet should be […]
Centrist Dems adopt anti-Pelosi message
THE HILL — Facing tough election contests in November, a handful of centrist Democrats are targeting Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in hopes the message will resound with voters put off by the polarizing House minority leader. Pelosi, a San Francisco liberal who has led the Democrats since 2003, is no stranger to demonization efforts, as Republicans […]
AFP targets unemployed millennials

Americans for Prosperity’s (AFP) new ad features young people sitting in a dark room, seemingly styled after an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

Pryor fails to answer questions about his campaign
Sen. Mark Pryor (D – Ark.) is in the midst of a tough reelection year, but apparently he can’t even answer the most basic questions about his own campaign. “Do you think the Obama administration has done an appropriate job handling the Ebola crisis?” MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt asked Pryor after a rally Monday. “Ummmm…I would say […]

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US Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training
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 […]
Biden's son discharged after failing drug test
Vice President Joe Biden’s son was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year because he tested positive for cocaine, the Wall Street Journal reports. Hunter Biden didn’t serve a full year in the military before failing his drug test, the Journal found. Hunter decided to pursue military service at age 43, hoping to become a public-affairs […]
Scott attempts to explain why he refused to debate

Florida governor Rick Scott is in damage control mode after causing seven of the most ridiculous minutes to occur during a political debate, which have already come to be known as "Fangate."

Fla. debate delayed 7 min for oddest reason ever

On Tuesday night, a Florida political debate unraveled into seven of the most absurd minutes in U.S. politics.

Obama, Ebola and optics
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 […]

Policy

Five shocking Internet hacks
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 […]
Poll: Minimum wage key in upcoming elections

A new poll suggests that the minimum wage could play a significant role in six upcoming competitive races—and it doesn’t look good for Republicans.

Study: ACA incentivizes part-time employment
The Affordable Care Act will not only decrease the number of full-time employees at the hands of their employers, but a provision in the law also incentivizes more workers to drop down to part-time hours on their own, a new study finds. In “The Affordable Care Act and the New Economics of Part-Time Work,” Casey […]
Socialists post hypocritical job offering online
It appears The Freedom Socialist Party has never heard of the old adage, “Practice what you preach.” The Seattle-based group posted a job offering online for a web content manager with a salary of $13 an hour. This wouldn’t be notable, except for the fact that the group proclaims on its website that a $20 […]
Government Grinch proposes rules on Xmas lights
It’s not even Halloween, but the federal Grinch has already appeared, armed with new regulations, to un-deck the halls of America. On Tuesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released twenty-five pages of new rules governing “seasonal and decorative lighting projects”– basically everything from strings of lights to glowing Santa Clauses. The Hill reports that the […]

Education

AEI: America needs to 'modernize' higher ed system

Americans have poured billions of dollars into propping up institutions of higher learning. But the value and popularity of a college degree is plummeting, and with that comes a greater drive to make higher education accountable.

Group calls for FAFSA transparency, privacy
The process for federal student aid is the latest part of the American higher education system to get calls for more transparency and privacy from outside groups. The National Association for College Admission Counseling is asking the federal government to stop providing student information filled out on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to colleges, […]
LinkedIn develops college ranking system

The "LinkedIn University rankings" evaluate colleges based on the success of graduates in eight different career categories, while also factoring in the desirability of certain jobs.

U of Chicago is scrapping student loans

Chicago University plans to scrap student loans from all needs-based financial aid packages, and replace them with grants.

Study: The value of a college degree is falling

A new study suggests the advantages of a college degree are deteriorating—even for traditionally high-paying majors.