Polititainment

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."

Spacey: Politicians are my biggest fear
Kevin Spacey commented that politicians are his biggest fear at the Departures magazine’s Philanthropy Honors Gala Tuesday. The “House of Cards” star was asked what scares him, according to the New York Post. “Politicians, because they don’t get anything done. It’s ironic that I play a character in a show that gets s - - t done,” Spacey said. This […]
Stewart mocks GOP efforts to reach women
Comedian Jon Stewart became the latest to attack the College Republican National Committee for its recent “Say Yes To The Dress” themed ads and as if he was reading straight from the Democratic playbook, he tied it to the Republican Party’s “War on Women.” He announced that women are one of the most sought after demographics for […]
The police statistic the FBI won't keep

The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee searched in vain for a statistic even Nate Silver couldn’t get for her—how often the police shoot civilians.

Daily Show: Biden is the Seinfeld of VPs

Jason Jones, filling in for Jon Stewart, poked fun at Vice President Joe Biden’s most recent string of gaffes on the Daily Show.

White House

Aziz Ansari got ‘dissed by Obama’ for golf

What do Aziz Ansari and national affairs have in common? They’ve both been passed over by Obama in favor of a round of golf.

Gwyneth Paltrow tells Obama he’s so handsome she’s left speechless

Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t get enough of President Obama at her Thursday DNC fundraiser, gushing, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”

EPA to admit to losing text messages at center of lawsuit

First, the IRS loses e-mails. Now, the EPA loses text messages. The Environmental Protection Agency will soon file a notice admitting that it may have lost text messages crucial in a lawsuit filed against the agency by the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

Obama plugs his vision to young entrepreneurs, gets a job offer

President Obama spoke Thursday at Cross Campus in Santa Monica, California, a space for startup companies. His remarks targeted millennials and young entrepreneurs.

White House resorts to emojis to appeal to millennials

The White House has a new social media plan underway to lure in young people, and it revolves around emojis.

Congress

Rand Paul shrugs about ‘rethinking’ gay marriage

CNN’s Peter Hamby followed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to a speaking appearance at the College of Charleston, and tried to pin Paul down on some of the more difficult issues for a libertarian-leaning, high-profile Republican to take a stance on, like gay marriage and drug legalization. Paul’s reply on gay marriage was a bit of a cliff-hanger.

Lawmakers react to Secret Service resignation

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson tendered her resignation Wednesday in the wake of news of multiple security breaches and testimony before Congress this week.

John Boehner: Obamacare 'has to go'

In an interview with USA TODAY Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner affirmed that Obama's championed but disastrous Affordable Care Act "has to go."

McCain: Rand Paul 'trusts me' in military matters

McCain thinks he would wield a great deal of influence over a potential President Paul, “particularly on the military side of things.”

Rep introduces bill to ban porn on gov. computers
Most people wouldn’t think to browse porn at work, but then again, most people aren’t federal employees. Earlier this year it was discovered that one EPA official had been browsing pornography for two to six hours a day while at work and now Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill explicitly “prohibit[ing] the access […]

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Iowa candidate for US Senate dies in plane crash

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque doctor who was running as a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate has died in a plane crash.

Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with "precious" support.

Boehner almost busts a move to Zeppelin

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) took a trip to a San Diego pub, where, according to local reports, he had second thoughts about hitting the dance floor.

A confederate soldier's juicy diary decoded

Cryptographers cracked the code used by Confederate officer James Malbone in his diary, expecting to find military secrets. What they found instead was a whole bunch of juicy Civil War-era gossip.

Liberals are blaming Ebola on Republicans

The endless politicization of Ebola continues, with two new liberal campaigns blaming the disease on any Republican who wanted to cut any type of spending ever.

Policy

Brad Pitt has been a gun owner since kindergarten
Actor Brad Pitt likes his guns both onscreen and off. In an interview with the Radio Times to promote his new movie “Fury,” Pitt revealed that he has been a gun owner since he was 6-years-old. “There’s a rite of passage where I grew up of inheriting your ancestors’ weapons,” said Pitt, who was born in […]
Study: Small business owners lose faith in economy

Small businesses were less optimistic about their economic prospects in September than in August, according to the optimism index measured by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Why Government Websites Cost More
REASON — Was the failure of the federal government’s $2.1 billion Obamacare enrollment website an isolated fluke or part of a broader pattern of overpriced government failure when it comes to consumer-facing technology? Recent events show a pattern. The other failures aren’t as costly or as high-profile as Healthcare.gov. But they’re worth paying attention to nonetheless. […]
Snowden dishes out encryption advice

Edward Snowden gave a remote interview to the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, during which he offered his tips for securing information on your phone and on the internet. He particularly cautioned against Dropbox, Facebook, and Google, calling them “dangerous services.”

An Obamacare October surprise?
POLITICO — Obamacare premiums aren’t rising everywhere. They just have a way of finding the states with the biggest Senate races. And that could be very bad timing for Democrats in two of the party’s key contests. Double-digit rate hikes for individual health insurance plans have become an issue in the Louisiana and Iowa Senate […]

Education

CA grants student loans to undocumented students

Undocumented college students in California now have access to a state student loan program thanks to a measure signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown (D).

Factual Feminist: Free speech exists on campus

When a student newspaper at the University of Alaska Fairbanks wrote a satirical story about their campus dedicating “a new building in the shape of a vagina” to honor their female demographic, they soon found their 2013 April Fools prank under investigation for sexual harassment.

 

Common Core Tests Will Be Longer Than LSATs
The Washington Post reports that the new Common Core-aligned PARCC exams will take 8-11 hours to complete, depending on students’ grade-level.
California can now offer $10K bachelor's degrees
California is now officially the 22nd state to allow for community college bachelor’s degrees. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that will allow up to 15 community colleges to launch bachelor’s degrees programs, the Sacramento Bee reports. The pilot program is set to begin no later than the 2017-18 academic year and end in 2024. These degrees will […]
RAP Minute: Ashley Dobson on Obama ed reg

This week, Red Alert's Deputy Editor Ashley Dobson discusses a new education rule from the Obama administration that may harm the students it's trying to help most.