Polititainment

John Oliver is not a PSL fan

John Oliver is not a fan of pumpkin spice lattes, “The coffee that tastes like a candle.”

'Citizenfour' Snowden film premieres
A new documentary about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden premiered Friday, giving a look into his life in exile and revealing a behind-the-scenes look at the eight days Snowden spent with reporters going over the first stories about the overreaching government surveillance. Titled “Citizenfour,” the documentary was created by Glenn Greenwald’s reporting partner Laura Poitras. According to […]
'SNL' mocks Kim Jong Un's public absence
“Saturday Night Live” mocked Kim Jong Un’s recent public absence in the show’s cold open. The North Korean leader, played by Bobby Moynihan, was outraged at the rumors about gout, diabetes and “too much imported cheese” and demanded to know how anyone could believe such lies because he is “as strong as a dragon.” When someone commented […]
Biden to star in 'Law and Order' PSA

During commercial breaks interrupting a 14-hour marathon of  "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" on Sunday, October 19, the show's star Mariska Hargitay will appear alongside Vice President Joe Biden in public service announcements about sexual assault.

Gwyneth Paltrow labeled an 'Obama drone'

Individuals in Gwyneth Paltrow's neighborhood are decorating their lawns with posters designed by a rightwing artist that label her an "Obama drone."

White House

Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is authorizing the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The U.S. has already committed to sending up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and help build treatment […]
Obama calls for ‘much more aggressive’ response to Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis. While Ebola patients are not considered contagious until they have symptoms and only two persons have been known to contract the […]
Obama’s approval rating hits a new low
President Obama’s approval rating has hit yet another new low, the latest poll finds. The ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday found that just 40 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, marking the lowest score this poll has seen since he took office. The “hits a new low” has become a common refrain for the […]
Michelle Obama parodies Lil’ Jon with a turnip in hand
If you thought Rock the Vote’s celebrity-filled “Turn Out for What” video was the most bizarre Lil’ Jon parody out this month, you clearly haven’t checked out the First Lady’s Twitter page. First Lady Michelle Obama was answering questions about her “Let’s Move” program and her day in the White House Garden on Twitter’s six-second […]
Liberals blaming Republicans for the spread of Ebola might want to do their homework
Before liberals get too attached to the “Republicans are to blame for Ebola” line, they might want to take a step back and look closer at the figures they are citing. The Agenda Project Action Fund and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee both released ads and images Monday that blamed the spread of Ebola on Republicans voting for […]

Congress

Rand Paul talks with NAACP in Ferguson
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) met with black leaders in Missouri Friday and urged them to use the “ballot box” not riots in the street to try and make a change. Paul headed to Ferguson, the location of another police shooting, for a 45-minute “listening session” with a group of 20 local black leaders, including pastors, local business […]
Congress: Stop travel between US and Ebola nations

Congress is getting vocal about the Ebola threat.

Dem throws Ferguson into the net neutrality debate
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to make broadband Internet service as a public utility and he is using the recent protests in Ferguson, Mo. to do it. Ellison’s argument against a proposed rule to create Internet “fast lanes” for companies willing to pay for them is that the Internet should be […]
Centrist Dems adopt anti-Pelosi message
THE HILL — Facing tough election contests in November, a handful of centrist Democrats are targeting Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in hopes the message will resound with voters put off by the polarizing House minority leader. Pelosi, a San Francisco liberal who has led the Democrats since 2003, is no stranger to demonization efforts, as Republicans […]
AFP targets unemployed millennials

Americans for Prosperity’s (AFP) new ad features young people sitting in a dark room, seemingly styled after an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

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Investigators question Secret Service assignment
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor. The report by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general calls the conduct “problematic,” and says […]
One American released from North Korea, two remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

Rwanda is screening Americans for Ebola
The tables have definitely turned. An African country is now screening incoming Americans for Ebola. According to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda, the small East African nation has begun screening incoming passengers from the United States and Spain for the virus. From the embassy’s Web site: “Visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the […]
Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday.

Girl kicked off campus for asking if govt sucks

22-year-old Lauren Cooley was peacefully talking to students on the campus of a public school when she was harassed by campus security and told to leave.

Policy

FBI pushes Congress to broaden its access to data

The tech world's recent efforts to strengthen encryption appear to have left the FBI in a panic, as FBI Director James Comey appeals to Congress for easier backdoor access to Americans' data.

FCC member speaks out against 'Truthy' study
A Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission is speaking out against a federally funded study of  political ideas posted on social media. Commissioner Ajit Pai — one of two Republicans on the five-member FCC — penned a Washington Post op-ed over the weekend,  denouncing the National Science Foundation study of people’s communications on Twitter. He said the study is […]
Five shocking Internet hacks
THE HILL — The string of serious hacking attacks against U.S. businesses is spurring calls in Congress for cybersecurity reform. Industry observers are pessimistic about the changes for a quick fix, predicting that legislation won’t reach the president’s desk until a “major catastrophe” occurs. “Congress follows public sentiment — and loses interest when the public […]
Poll: Minimum wage key in upcoming elections

A new poll suggests that the minimum wage could play a significant role in six upcoming competitive races—and it doesn’t look good for Republicans.

Study: ACA incentivizes part-time employment
The Affordable Care Act will not only decrease the number of full-time employees at the hands of their employers, but a provision in the law also incentivizes more workers to drop down to part-time hours on their own, a new study finds. In “The Affordable Care Act and the New Economics of Part-Time Work,” Casey […]

Education

Elizabeth Warren trashes for-profit colleges

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) went after for-profit colleges in an interview with Salon, naming them the second largest cause of problems in higher education.

Bigger threat: America or ISIS?
The “blame America first” crowd lives in dorms, too. Campus Reform landed in the Twilight Zone at Harvard University to ask students if they thought the United States or ISIS was a bigger threat to global peace, and because these kinds of videos in the world of academia are what they are, don’t be surprised […]
AEI: America needs to 'modernize' higher ed system

Americans have poured billions of dollars into propping up institutions of higher learning. But the value and popularity of a college degree is plummeting, and with that comes a greater drive to make higher education accountable.

Group calls for FAFSA transparency, privacy
The process for federal student aid is the latest part of the American higher education system to get calls for more transparency and privacy from outside groups. The National Association for College Admission Counseling is asking the federal government to stop providing student information filled out on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to colleges, […]
LinkedIn develops college ranking system

The "LinkedIn University rankings" evaluate colleges based on the success of graduates in eight different career categories, while also factoring in the desirability of certain jobs.