Polititainment

SNL mocks Obama on Ebola

Saturday's SNL episode opened with a segment poking fun at both Obama and his chosen Ebola Czar Ron Klain, who has been the subject of criticism because he has no experience in the medical field.

Madeleine Albright T(witter)KOs Conan

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright bested Conan O'Brien by Twitter knockout Thursday night, ribbing the comedian with a comeback worthy of a seasoned pro.

Kimmel: Stoner idea or gov. expenditure?
Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R – Okla.) fifth annual “Wastebook” was released Wednesday and some of the federally funded projects are so outrageous that they can be hard to believe. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel had the same thought and offered his audience a quiz. He read the name of a project, some real and some […]
Obama channels Chris Rock again

At rallies for Democrats in Maryland and Illinois on Sunday, Obama dropped the name "Cousin Pookie" -- a character that he used frequently to energize black voters during his 2008 campaign -- during his speeches.

Oliver beats Supreme Court's camera ban
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 […]

White House

Obama delivers devastating blow to red state Democrats, calls them ‘all folks who vote with me’
President Obama can’t seem to stay out of the 2014 midterm elections, no matter how much his fellow Democrats want him to. Obama spoke on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday, which was later replayed on MSNBC, insisting that red state Democrats are still his “strong allies.” “A lot of the states that are contested this time […]
Obama reveals his favorite Supreme Court decision

President Obama dished on his favorite Supreme Court decision during his presidency, and it wasn’t either of his interviewer’s top guesses.

Poll: Obama less ‘effective’ at ‘managing basic functions’ of government than George W. Bush
Since his popularity and approval ratings began to slide during his second term, former President George W. Bush has served as a scapegoat for Democrats and current President Obama. Bush’s name has been invoked with almost every negative event that has come America’s way. But it seems that the “blame Bush” strategy hasn’t made the […]
Obama names Ron Klain the Ebola ‘czar’ as precautions expand

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama turned to a trusted adviser to lead the nation's Ebola response on Friday as efforts to clamp down on any possible route of infection from three Texas cases expanded, reaching a cruise ship at sea and multiple airline flights.

Barack Obama’s credit card gets declined, leaving Michelle with the bill

Even being the president of the United States does not save you from everyone’s nightmare: the shame of having your credit card declined in public.

Congress

Rand Paul: ‘The war on terror is not over’

Rand Paul attempted to lay out his recently evolving foreign policy vision at his speech Thursday night at the Center for the National Interest.

McCarthy speaks out against 'Truthy' study
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is joining the growing dissent against the federally-funded “Truthy” study designed to monitor political speech on social media. In a blog post Thursday, titled “#KillingFreeSpeech,” McCarthy promises that the House Committee on Science will be conducting oversight “in the coming months on this and other questionable government-funded research projects.” “Why does the government […]
CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers to snoop
Despite a number of growing foreign and domestic threats over the summer, the CIA admitted that they had been using their resources to spy on elected officials in the Senate. Now, insiders are alleging that it’s not just what they did that is the problem, but how they went about it. A new piece by the […]
Republicans say they will reform the IRS

Republicans are talking about reforming the IRS if they gain the majority in the Senate next month, but seem to be treading with caution on making any specific promises.

'Wastebook' finds $25B in 'unnecessary' spending
Monkey gambling, synchronized swimming sea monkeys, and mountain lions on treadmills, oh my! Sen. Tom Coburn (R – Okla.) released his fifth and final “Wastebook” Wednesday, chronicling $25 billion tax dollars spent on 100  “silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects” this year. His findings are absolutely astonishing. Coburn, who is retiring this year, is not letting his fellow […]

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Teens suspended for taking a picture with airsoft

Two 16-year-old Massachusetts teenagers were suspended for posing with airsoft rifles for a Homecoming photo—even though the photo was taken in one of their own homes.

WH Hit With What Appears To Be Cyberattack

THE HUFFINGTON POST -- WASHINGTON -- The White House computer network has been hit by what appears to be a sustained cyberattack, administration sources told HuffPost.

Ex-dictator's video game lawsuit tossed

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit over his inclusion in a 2012 “Call of Duty” video game has been dismissed by a judge who determined the game’s use of his likeness is protected by the First Amendment.

Fla. brewery sues state's ban on 64 oz. growlers

If you thought soda bans were silly, Florida’s beer container laws are nothing short of outrageous.

The FTC is suing AT&T

THE WASHINGTON POST -- AT&T broke the law when it slowed down mobile Internet speeds among customers who've paid for unlimited data, federal regulators said in a complaint unveiled Tuesday.

Policy

The FCC could pave the way for internet TV

Regulators are tip-toeing toward a huge change that would grant new content to online TV companies.

D.C. regulates UberX, Lyft with 'model' bill
You might not believe this but something good has come out of the government in D.C.! The D.C. Council passed a bill Tuesday legalized ride-sharing services and Uber is hoping it will become “a model” for other cities to follow. The bill, called the Vehicle-for-Hire Innovation Act of 2014, “could be a model for the rest […]
HHS: Policy cancellation is 'invite' to Obamacare
When you are faced with as much negative press as Health and Human Services is on a topic like Obamacare, you have to adapt and learn to spin every possible negative into a positive. All the spin practice from the failed website launch and the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” lie […]
WI cops sent armored truck to an old man's house

If you were on the fence about whether police militarization is a real thing in America, read this story of how a small Wisconsin town thinks armored vehicles are “a necessity” when dealing with grumpy elderly men.

Poll: Of all crimes, Americans fear hacking most

There’s only one type of crime the majority of Americans (including, probably, Jennifer Lawrence) worry about: hacking.

Education

Tufts Hosting Islamists to Train Students
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — A controversial Islamist group will gather at Tufts University on Friday for a weekend-long conference that will include training students to take “direct action” against pro-Israel and Jewish students on U.S. campuses, according to a schedule of the conference obtained by the Free Beacon. The event, held by Students for Justice in Palestine […]
Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.

Ed Dept lowers credit requirements for PLUS loans
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it had finalized plans to ease the credit requirements for obtaining federal student PLUS loans, Inside Higher Ed reported. The new rule, which will go into effect next year, makes it so that the Education Department will only review two years of credit history and will exempt up to $2,085 […]
Public college claims Clinton rally is nonpartisan
The controversy surrounding a potentially illegal campaign rally at Stony Brook University in New York grew Wednesday night as attendees were given tickets for a “Get Out the Vote Rally,” despite the night’s line up of only Democrats. Former President Bill Clinton headlined the rally to speak on behalf of Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, […]
College violates law by promoting election rally
Stony Brook University in New York likely violated federal election laws by promoting Wednesday’s campaign rally for Democratic congressional incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (N.Y.), an election law attorney has found. Campus Reform first reported on the rally, which will feature former President Bill Clinton, after obtaining an email from school officials encouraging student attendance. It was paid […]