Polititainment

Megyn Kelly on 'The Interview'

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly told Jimmy Kimmel she found Sony’s decision to pull “The Interview” after threats of a terrorist attack "deeply troubling.”

Romney's suggestion for 'The Interview'

Mitt Romney has an idea to turn "The Interview" movie fiasco into a win for everybody.

Sony cancels 'The Interview'

NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

'The Interview' to drop in North Korea

Human rights groups are set to drop DVDs of "The Interview" into North Korea via hydrogen balloons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Democrats fundraising off of Colbert

First came the birthday cards, then came the desperate pleas for help, now comes "The Colbert Report."

White House

Kate visits NYC kids; Prince William joins Obama

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince William's wife, Kate, wrapped Christmas gifts, helped preschoolers decorate picture frames and left an impression of a down-to-earth royal as she toured a child development center Monday with New York City's first lady.

The surprising opponents and backers of Obama’s net neutrality plan

Ted Cruz vs. Justice Scalia, and Obama vs. Jesse Jackson and the NAACP: The fight in Washington over "net neutrality” and has drawn up some strange battle lines.

Obama continues to only pay lip service to the idea of college affordability
President Obama held the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action Thursday, but the “action” toward real college affordability was still lacking. The summit brought together college presidents and education leaders to discuss ideas and goals for increasing access to college. But while most of these initiatives included direct action, the college affordability piece of the […]
Paraphrasing the White House response to Rand Paul: ‘Whatever’

The White House essentially ignored a resolution introduced by Sen. Rand Paul Wednesday that would provide congressional authorization for the United States' ongoing military action against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

Led by Texas, 17 states sue Obama administration over immigration order
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is leading a 17-state coalition in suing over the Obama administration’s recently announced executive actions on immigration. Many top Republicans have denounced President Barack Obama’s unilateral move designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation. But Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott took […]

Congress

Congress gave DOD $3 billion in extra funds

Christmas came early for the Pentagon (and Lockheed Martin.)

Rand Paul's bill to repeal Obama's exec order

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has filed a bill to overturn President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Congress sends Obama $1.1 T spending bill

Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature late Saturday night after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy.

Dems change their tune on gov shutdown
Anarchy, arson and terrorism! To hear Congressional Democrats talk about the GOP government shutdown last summer, one might think that the city was in imminent danger of collapse. But now that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling the shots, Democrats seem to be changing their tune. Some, mostly led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, […]
House approves $1.1T bill to fund government
WASHINGTON (AP) — Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed after the economy’s near-collapse in 2008. The 219-206 vote cleared the way for a final showdown […]

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From Around The Web

Bakery teaches injured vets how to run a business

Life after the military is not easy for recent veterans.

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

Norman Bridwell, creator of the popular "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series of children's books turned into a PBS TV show, has died.

Sony hackers threaten moviegoers

CNN -- A group that claims it hacked Sony Pictures has posted a public threat against potential moviegoers.

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is not great

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is “culture”—not nearly as catchy as the Oxford Dictionary’s chosen word, “vape.”

Cop tickets student for playing 'F--- Tha Police'

One Florida cop is not a huge fan of free speech, humor, and/or 80s rap, as he made evident by harassing and ticketing a law student for playing an anti-police anthem in a car next to him.

Policy

Study: Phone users 'own worst enemies' on privacy

The smartphone users who worry the most about their online security also happen to be the least motivated to take added precautions, according to one study.

Supreme Court rules on police, 4th Amendment

A police stop and search conducted over a "mistake of the law" on the police officer's behalf is still lawful, according to the Supreme Court's 8-1 decision in Heien v. North Carolina.

Wyden critiques FBI's backdoor spying

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a long-time critic of government spying, has an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times denouncing the FBI’s push for tech companies to enable easier backdoor access to Americans’ data.

2.5M enrolled in Obamacare in a month
POLITICO — Obamacare enrollment appears on track to meet administration goals for 2015, with almost 2.5 million people selecting plans in the first month — including 1 million last week alone. The figures don’t include the weekend surge before the sign-up season’s first deadline, federal health officials announced Tuesday. The HealthCare.gov website has been withstanding […]
Sandy Hook victims sue gun makers

Nine families of victims and one survivor of the Sandy Hook shooting are suing the manufacturers and distributors of the gun wielded by the shooter, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Education

IG: Ed Dept. has no plan for student loan defaults
With the student loan default rate hovering at about 14 percent, a new audit is questioning why the U.S. Department of Education does not have a plan or strategy for decreasing the national default rate. A new Inspector General audit found that the department’s in-house student loan default prevention activities were well-intentioned, but without any clear […]
Parents speak out about court order to pay tuition
A New Jersey court has upheld an earlier ruling and ordered the estranged parents of a 21-year-old to pay their daughter’s college tuition. 21-year-old Caitlyn Ricci sued her divorced parents for her college tuition at two different schools and won. Caitlyn brought the first lawsuit against her parents in August 2013, suing them for $906 in […]
Niagara Falls will help pay off your student loans
Niagara Falls is hoping to attract more young residents, so it’s betting on the one thing they know most millennials are struggling with — student loan debt. The city will pay off $7,000 of recent graduates’ student loans over two years if they agree to live in near Main Street, Fusion reported. Attracting the millennial […]
Smith president apologizes for 'All lives matter'
The president of Smith College was bullied into apologizing after writing “All lives matter” in the subject line of an all-campus email last Friday. In her email, President Kathleen McCartney used that subject line to kick off her email about the “struggle” and “hurt” the Smith community was experiencing following the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, […]
Campus removes 'offensive' anti-racism art

The University of Iowa banned an anti-racism art display on campus because it was too offensive.