Polititainment

Maher to Cheney: light yourself on fire

As Hunter S. Thompson despised Richard Nixon with every drug-influenced fiber of his being, so Bill Maher carries on the torch for media provocateurs.

Colbert announces plan to defeat ISIS
President Barack Obama might not have a strategy for defeating ISIS in Syria, but never fear,  comedian Stephen Colbert has him covered. Colbert announced a unique plan Thursday night that involves raising Ronald Reagan from the grave, a captive radio audience and Monty Python-esque horse sound effects. “Remember in 1938 the radio broadcast of ‘War […]
Brand: ISIS better than conservatives
Actor Russell Brand took to Youtube Wednesday to compare terrorist group ISIS to conservatives, eventually coming to the conclusion that conservatives in power were worse than ISIS. Brand was recording yet another video aimed at attacking Fox News when he made the statements about ISIS. He was responding to Fox host Greg Gutfeld’s comments about Brand’s […]
Biden congratulates 'Veep' on Emmy win
From one Vice President to another… Vice President Joe Biden took to Twitter Tuesday to congratulate actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her Emmy win. Louis-Dreyfus snagged her third consecutive Outstanding Actress in a Comedy series win Monday for her portrayal of a fictional vice president on HBO’s “Veep.” Last year, the VP picked up the phone […]
Emmys snub political TV shows
Most of the 66th  annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday felt like a repeat of 2013′s awards show. “Modern Family,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons all dominated the night, leaving most of the politically-themed and Washington D.C.-set shows out in the cold. Though “House of Cards”, “Scandal”, “Homeland”, “The Good Wife”, “The […]

White House

White House flirt Joe Biden turns on the charm for 108-year-old veteran Lucy Coffey

Joe Biden continues to brand himself the White House flirt. In a recently released video of Biden's July 25 meeting with Lucy Coffee, the vice president kisses the 108-year-old war veteran on the cheek and hand and tells her, "I'm the guy that loves you."

White House: Checked-out Obama is a media myth
THE HILL – The White House is bristling at suggestions President Obama is disconnected, checked out or out of touch. White House allies maintain that the storyline of a checked-out president is a myth drummed up by the media during the summer doldrums. “It’s bull—t,” said one former senior administration official. “This is a guy who […]
Obama’s summer vacation by the numbers
After two weeks away from the White House, President Barack Obama’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, ends late Sunday. A look, by the numbers, at how Obama spent the time while juggling his responsibilities as president, including monitoring the situations in Iraq and in Ferguson, Missouri: — 15: days, all or part, spent on the […]
Obama is halfway to becoming an EGOT winner after ‘Between Two Ferns’ appearance snags Emmy award
President of the United States might not be the most exclusive title Barack Obama holds soon. Obama is now halfway to becoming an “EGOT” winner, an elite title that only 12 other individuals including the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Helen Hayes can claim. “EGOT”  stands for the four major annual American entertainment awards: the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Winning […]

Congress

UNEARTHED: Archival footage of Harry Reid smiling

From appearances, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid derives little pleasure from his job, perhaps a deputy to the paragon of joylessness. But Red Alert Politics has dug into the archives to demonstrate that it wasn't always like this.

Rubio: Obama action would kill immigration reform
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is urging President Barack Obama to forego taking executive action on immigration, warning that would kill any chance for comprehensive immigration reform. “If indeed you move forward on such a decision, I believe it will close the door to any chance of making progress on immigration reform for the foreseeable future,” […]
House GOP hires legal representation to sue Obama
THE HILL – House Republicans have hired D.C. law firm BakerHostetler to provide legal representation to sue President Obama. House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) signed a contract on Monday for BakerHostetler to represent the House in the civil action lawsuit in a U.S. district court against the president. “The president must be held accountable, and the […]
McCain: Let's send ISIL 'straight to hell'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) contributed to the escalating rhetoric of American officials against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Friday night.

McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama
POLITICO – Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown. In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate […]

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Hold on to your chalupas: Taco Bell for life

Check your pockets. And check that drool running down your chin.

Obama: 'We don't have a strategy yet' for IS

USA TODAY -- President Obama said Thursday he's building a "broader regional strategy" against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Read more at USA Today.

Russia's airline song contest winner to get $160K
Russia’s state-run airline Aeroflot is hosting a high-dollar contest to find a new English-language jingle that will inspire the people of America and Russia (and maybe Ukraine) to take to the skies. A request for proposals by Aeroflot explains just what the airline is looking for and the top prize. The writer of the winning song will […]
Perry forgets the charges against him
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is feeling way too “awesome” to remember exactly what ridiculous charges he has been indicted on. During his recent visit to New Hampshire, Perry flubbed the details of the allegations against him, seemingly still feeling as good about the case as when he followed up his good looking mugshot with a trip […]
Police lobby fights to keep gear
THE HILL – Police associations are beginning a major lobbying push to protect their access to the military equipment that was used against demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo. Law enforcement groups argue a Pentagon program that provides surplus military gear helps protect the public and are gearing up for a fight with lawmakers and the Obama administration […]

Policy

Healthcare.gov continues to experience glitches
In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Healthcare.gov is still experiencing technical glitches. The latest one — the site’s refusal to accept immigration and citizenship documents — will leave more than 300,000 people uninsured if not corrected by Friday, Sept. 5. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent letters to about 310,000 customers […]
Bill Gates donate $1M to gun control initiative
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million. The donation to the Initiative 594 campaign was given Friday, but it […]
Feds spending $1 million on meme database
A word created by Stephen Colbert on the premiere episode of “The Colbert Report” inspired the database the federal government is handing out at least $1 million to support. Through a National Science Foundation grant, the U.S. government is paying for the creation of a database of “suspicious memes” and other “false and misleading” political […]
Dems get behind Uber after Plouffe announcement
The Republican National Committee has publicly supported popular ride-sharing company Uber for a while, touting its free market values. And following the hire of Obama advisor David Plouffe, it looks like many top Democrats don’t want to be seen on the wrong side of innovation. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus took to Twitter to praise the […]
Chicago crime drops as concealed carry goes up
WASHINGTON TIMES – An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest. Law enforcement authorities described the man as “a model citizen” who “helped others avoid being victims” at an […]

Education

If possible, avoid borrowing for college

Even though borrowing for the sake of college is often called “good debt,” because it’s viewed as an investment in human capital, we still ought to apply one of the most fundamental financial principles to paying for college: Avoid debt if you can.

Obama's higher ed plan won't solve anything
  Big news! The Obama administration has a plan to expand college opportunity for all. They are going to hold a summit. Wait, that’s it? The White House sent out a news release Wednesday outlining its so-called plan and touting this big achievement. “Expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college, especially […]
Student loans leave scars

Student debt is no average monthly bill. It can be a life-altering event.

Findings from a Fed survey of students

Findings of a recent Federal Reserve survey of college students and graduates are less intuitive than you might think. Here are a few that caught our attention.

'Ole Miss' insults few, but targeted anyway
As part of a broader effort to address racism and race relations at the University of Mississippi, university officials are being asked to limit their use of the school’s “Ole Miss” nickname, which could be understood as racist. In an “action plan” report for the University released Aug. 1 and provided to Red Alert Politics, […]