Polititainment

Actress wants more female politicians

In an interview with Politico, Davis spotlighted a recently released study that found only 10 percent of politicians in films in the world are played by female actors, which was completed in part by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media.

John Oliver questions U.S. drone strikes
President Obama and his frequent use of drone strikes were the target of John Oliver’s latest “evisceration” Sunday night. U.S. drones reportedly sent missiles into Yemen and the Waziristan province of Pakistan, Oliver reported on “Last Week Tonight.” But it was not mentioned on any American newscast. “There is something strange about the fact that […]
Jarrett makes cameo on 'The Good Wife'
White House adviser Valerie Jarrett made a cameo appearance as herself on the CBS hit, “The Good Wife,” Sunday night. Jarrett’s role was to encourage the main character Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, to run for public office. “I wanted to encourage you to run. The only way women are going to change the world […]
Denzel, the Obamas and the 'safe room'
Actor Denzel Washington, the Obamas, and the “safe room”… Now there’s a good start to a story. Washington appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Thursday night and recounted his experience with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle seeing him in a play. “So my dressing room…I shouldn’t say this. But I will!” Washington said with […]
Dunham brings her sex life into politics
“Girls” star Lena Dunham is dragging her sex life into politics again. Dunham sent out an email Thursday to Planned Parenthood Action Fund supporters, urging them to vote against Republicans in Senate races. She specifically referenced tough races like Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running for a Colorado senate seat, Thom Tillis in North Carolina, Dan Sullivan […]

White House

Altered pool reports give more proof against Obama’s ‘most transparent administration’ claims
“The most transparent administration in history” strikes again. The Washington Post reports that President Obama’s press aides have been censoring and changing details in pool reports. Pool reports are written by reporters for other reporters and give people an up-close look at the president beyond the official White House record. Details from pool reports are worked […]
Obama relates Middle East wars to … Ferguson

In a concession to the world that the United States isn't perfect, President Obama invoked the rioting in Ferguson, Mo. this summer during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

Republicans face stakes of biblical proportions on immigration, Biden says

Vice-President Joe Biden told a crowd celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month that the GOP's direction on immigration reform is of biblical proportions.

Lois Lerner speaks: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’

Former IRS official Lois Lerner has opened up to the public in a lengthy interview with POLITICO.

Michelle Obama says Americans ‘take for granted’ Obama’s presidency
First Lady Michelle Obama proudly defended her husband during a speech at the opening reception of the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum, telling the audience that people take her husband “for granted.” “Just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today. Think about how our kids take for granted that a […]

Congress

Lawmakers take in $608 per hour for time in D.C.
THE HILL – Congress will be in session for only eight days during a 102-day span between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, when lawmakers are set to return for a lame-duck session after the elections. Because the annual salary for members of the House is $174,000, their hourly wage for those eight days amounts to $608 […]
House GOP replaces firm handling Obama suit
THE HILL — House Republicans said they’ve hired new counsel to represent them in their lawsuit against President Obama after their previous lawyer backed out of the case over “political pressure.” They inked a contract on Friday with William A. Burck of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart. The New York Times reported that the GOP’s previous attorney, David Rivkin of […]
Convicted felon running for Congress

Edwin W. Edwards recently spent nine years in prison after being convicted for extorting millions of dollars in exchange for riverboat gambling licenses, and now he's running for office.

Rand Paul: Millennials 'aren't as wedded to party'
Sen. Rand Paul (R – Ky.) seems to have the majority of millennials figured out. The presidential hopeful spoke with The Federalist this week about his foreign policy views and the shift toward libertarian views among millennials. “I think the libertarian influence, the libertarian-ish Republican, the libertarian conservatives in many ways is great for the […]
Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz
POLITICO – Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most. Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two […]

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Ill. gov all kinds of jacked up about Olive Garden

The office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced the opening of Chicago's first Olive Garden Monday as if the Cubs had just won the World Series.

Obituary mourns Kardashian hater

Raymond Alan "Big Al" Brownley certainly didn't keep up with the Kardashians. Brownley passed away at the age of 82 this September, and his colorful obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette painted quite the picture of "Big Al."

Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
Things have changed and the secret is out. A group of five Swedish scientists have admitted to sneaking Bob Dylan lyrics into research articles for 17 years running, The Local reports. Two Professors from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, John Jundberg and Eddie Weitzberg, wrote a piece about gas passing through intestines, and decided to […]
California approves 'yes means yes' law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

Obama says mistrust of police corroding America

WASHINGTON (AP) — The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.

Policy

Applications for US unemployment rise 12K to 293K
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy. Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 293,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Yet the four-week average, […]
Millennials moving out of parents' homes

Millennials are starting to move out of their parents' homes. As Fortune reports, new Census data demonstrates that Americans ages 18 to 34 are actually less likely to be living with their parents now than they were at the low point of the recession in 2011.

Christie has 'concerns' about Shaneen Allen case

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie remarked to a local radio program that he has "concerns" about the prosecution of legal gun owner Shaneen Allen, but deferred to the criminal justice system to have its say first before commenting further.

White House reviewing minimum wage regulations
The White House is in the final stage of reviewing minimum wage regulations that would cost more than $500 million over the next five years. President Obama ordered the regulations back in February, when he signed an executive order requiring that federal contractors pay their workers at least $10.10 an hour. Essentially, without Congressional support for a raise in […]
Obama's regulatory reform adds $23B in costs

According to a recent report from the American Action Forum (AAF), President Obama's regulatory reform plans have actually added $23 billion in extra costs and 8.9 billion hours of more paperwork among cabinet agencies.

Education

New plan to reduce student loans for gov. workers
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) proposed legislation Wednesday to would make it easier for government workers to get their student loans forgiven. “Teachers, police officers, public health workers and other public servants should be applauded and supported—and not drowned in debt to pay for the degrees many such jobs require,” Blumenthal said in a release. “The […]
Default rate for federal student loans declines
The default rate on federal loans declined this fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday. Among students who left school in fiscal year 2011, 13.7 percent of students had defaulted on their federal loans by this year, according to the new data. This is slightly lower than the 14.7 percent rate for the […]
Mayor decides not to name high school after Obama
Chicago Mayor (and presidential buddy) Rahm Emanuel reversed his earlier decision to name a new high school after President Barack Obama. Emanuel had taken a lot of heat since his announcement of the Barack Obama College Preparatory High School back in April. People took issue with Obama being honored by a school in a location that […]
'Gainful employment' rule targets minorities
After a multi-year battle, the Obama administration’s attempt to crack down on vocational programs at for-profit institutions and community colleges will finally come to a head in October. The U.S. Department of Education submitted the final version of the “gainful employment” rule to the White House Friday. The premise behind the law is that students […]
Panel calls for more access to higher ed data
Students and parents today do not have access to enough information about America’s colleges and universities, a dearth of information that some experts say has led to higher student loan debt and lower graduation rates. A Washington Monthly and New America Foundation panel held Tuesday discussed the need for a better rating system of higher […]