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Let's Play Emmy Bingo!

Play Emmy Bingo (specially created for lovers of political entertainment!) along with us as the winners are awarded during NBC's live broadcast Monday night.

Rick Perry's mugshot, marketing asset

Lesson: No matter how hard you try to make Rick Perry look bad, it just ain't gonna work.

Mitt's awesome ice bucket challenge reax

"Mitt does the most Mitt thing ever."

Jay-Z's Cuba trip did not violate law
The U.S. Treasury Department apparently fears the wrath of the Beygency as much as the rest of the world. A U.S. Treasury investigation has found Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s 2013 Cuba trip did not violate sanctions law. Beyoncé and Jay-Z, close friends of the Obamas,  had obtained permission to visit the blacklisted country from the Treasury’s Office […]
'Harry Potter' made youth more liberal
Millennials grew up in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Deciding who was the Hermione, Harry and Ron in your friend group, wishing for the end of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, and  knowing that the correct way to say the “leviosa” spell is “levi-OH-sa” was built into the fabric of  our collective childhood. Apparently Harry and friends are […]

White House

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 […]
David Axelrod: Democrats ‘were wrong’ to criticize George W. Bush for going on vacation, should ‘want’ POTUS vacation time
Now that the shoe is on the other foot, some Democrats are changing their tune about the optics of presidential vacations. Former president George W. Bush was attacked harshly by Democrats throughout his eight year presidency for taking vacations on the family ranch. Even now, Bush’s 381 vacation days are given as a reason that […]
Government watchdog says Bergdahl swap was not only illegal, it was doubly illegal

Congress' chief watchdog said that the U.S. prisoner swap involving Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl violated two laws in a report issued Thursday.

Congress

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 […]
See the 'Best of' Pelosi's incoherent babbles
Whether she is spouting off about  “race ha[ving] something to do” with the Republican stance on immigration or charging across the U.S. House floor to call a fellow representative “insignificant,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is known for saying some crazy things. Roll Call has compiled some of Pelosi’s greatest hits from 2014 in a video […]
Voters do not believe Congress deserves reelection
Most Americans do not believe current members of Congress deserve to be reelected, a new poll finds. A Gallup poll released Monday found that only 19 percent of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve to be reelected. This the second lowest figure since Gallup first started asking the question in 1992. People feel more […]
Schock outlines how GOP can attract millennials
Positive messaging, reaching out in person, and uniting the party behind strong economic policies are all ways Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) thinks the Republican party can win over millennial voters. Schock appeared on CNN Friday to talk with conservative commentator S.E. Cupp about winning young voters. As the second-youngest member of the House of Representatives at […]

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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 […]
Canada helpfully reminds Russia what is theirs

It's not some random Canadian who tweeted this (though it'd be a worthy finale to the Rob Ford saga if @TOMayorFord became a military provocateur). This is from NATO Canada.

Boston bombing victim marries his rehab nurse
NEW YORK POST – A Boston Marathon bombing survivor and the pretty nurse who helped him recover from his devastating injuries took the plunge last weekend — a happy ending after more than a year of painful surgeries and grueling rehabilitation. A dashing James Costello and his beaming bride Krista D’Agostino “danced the night away” at […]
N. Korea calls U.S. a 'graveyard of human rights'
All of the pundits can officially go home. The expert we have all been waiting on — North Korea — has finally weighed in on the events in Ferguson, Mo. A spokesman for North Korea said the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson is evidence that the United States is a “graveyard of human […]
Cops called after fliers fight over seat recline

NEW YORK (AP) — Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space Sunday, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination.

Policy

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 […]
Palin backs Mike Ditka on Redskins name comments
Although some news outlets have indicated that former coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka might face suspension or even be fired following his politically incorrect statements on the Washington Redskins name, Ditka should take comfort in the fact that he’s earned at least one new fan in Sarah Palin. Palin took to her Facebook page […]
How Obamacare almost cost the Chicago Cubs a game

The Chicago Cubs grounds crew lost a little bit of dignity and the players came very close to losing a game Tuesday night, partly thanks to Obamacare.

New NRA video reports on proposed "Shaneen's Law"
Ginny Simone of NRA News just released a special report video reporting on Shaneen’s Law, a bill recently proposed in the New Jersey state legislature in response to the arrest of Shaneen Allen. In June, Allen, a Pennsylvania resident who held a concealed carry permit in her home state, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of […]
NRA takes aim at Bloomberg in blunt ad campaign
Michael Bloomberg vowed to spend $50 million to take on the National Rifle Association earlier this year. Now the NRA is firing back. The group launched an ad campaign Tuesday in Iowa, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia attacking the former New York City mayor, an unusual approach given that Bloomberg is not running for […]

Education

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, […]
Kent State prof touts Jihad in anti-Israel letter

Professor Julio Pino has spoken out against Israel in the past, but his latest anti-Israel tirade is raising eyebrows and ire anew.