Polititainment

Katy Perry's WH visit limits performance

She's got the eye of the tiger and the voice of the tired, thanks to a White House visit.

Daily Show's rebuttal of O'care critics

In an attempt to disprove Obamacare critics, "The Daily Show" aired a five-minute segment quoting a former Democratic spokesperson, MSNBC, three consumers, and employees of a former clinic, now shuttered, that could offer only limited services.

Girl hopes for Beyoncé visit, gets Obama
Sorry Mr. President. Everyone knows it’s all about Queen Bey. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle made a surprise visit at a Washington, D.C. charter school Thursday afternoon to participate in a service project. Unfortunately their appearance only led to disappointment for one female student. Madison, the student, had been holding out hope that Beyoncé […]
Senators get stranded for reality TV
Well, it’s definitely the most unique way to show off that bipartisan spirit. Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D- N.M.) will appear on a Discovery Channel one-hour special, “Rival Survival,” on Oct. 29. The show will strand the two on a deserted island for six days and six nights. “Disconnected from the world on […]
Moore: Obama a 'huge disappointment'

Documentarian Michael Moore dealt President Obama a huge blow in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Film Festival, calling Obama "a huge disappointment."

 

White House

The Obama amendment: Freedom from the press

"Sayonara Press" would be President Obama's kind of Sunday talk show.

Obama pushes back against his own ‘no strategy’ comments, declares U.S. will ‘degrade and destroy ISIL’
After President Obama’s “We don’t have a strategy yet” comment on ISIS caused a firestorm last week, Obama is taking care to correct the record. At a joint press conference in Estonia Wednesday, Obama addressed his PR nightmare, repeating the damage control line that the press simply misunderstood. “Last week when this question was asked, […]
Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week’s airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants. The White House on Monday released a letter formally letting Congress’ leaders know that Obama approved the mission that repelled Sunni fighters in the northern Shiite […]
Obama: The world seems really messy because of ‘social media’

President Barack Obama, speaking at yet another fundraiser with a script that's been recycled more than a Hollywood romantic comedy, had an unlikely culprit for the world's problems.

Congress

GOP has advantage in midterms on immigration

Politico poll conducted between August 29 and September 7 shows that voters deciding this tight races trust Republicans over Democrats to handle immigration.

Poll finds that likely voters remain uninformed
A Rasmussen poll released on Thursday found that just weeks before the midterm elections, more than one-third of Americans likely to vote in 2014 don’t know which party controls the House and Senate. For months political analysts have been anxiously trying to predict if the country’s dissatisfaction with President Obama’s policies will be enough to […]
WaPo analysis shows Democrats driving polarization
President Obama and many leading Democrats are publicly complaining that Republicans have created a polarized political environment which prevents them from accomplishing necessary business, like immigration reform and Obamacare. But according to the analysis of L.J. Zigerell, a political scientist writing for the Washington Post, the reverse is true. Over the past 30 years, Democrats […]
Clyburn: 'Sexting' can encourage people to vote
Freudian slip or simple mistake? Rep. James Clyburn (D- S.C.) encouraged the use of “sexting” on C-SPAN recently, calling it a great “tool” to get people out to vote. As first noted by the Daily Caller, Clyburn was responding to a caller who was concerned about the Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin shootings. He told […]
Dems attempt to amend the Bill of Rights fails
Senate Republicans unanimously rejected a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday afternoon that would have restricted political speech. The amendment was designed by Democrats as a way to allow Congress would authorize Congress and the states to regulate and limit fundraising and spending on federal candidates. It would also prevent the Supreme Court from reversing any future campaign finance […]

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Congress has an obsession with fitness trackers
The “Do nothing Congress” no more. Bills and legislation might still be stalled, but members of Congress and their respective staffs are running full speed ahead — or at least walking. Republican Reps. John Boehner and Fred Upton and Democratic Reps. Patrick Murphy and Steve Israel have all gotten into the fitness tracking craze, counting […]
US hones in on homegrown ISIS threat

WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says at least one foreign fighter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has already traveled in and out of the United States before committing a suicide bombing overseas.

GOP blocks Warren’s student loan bill

THE HILL -- Senate Republicans blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) from bringing up her bill to allow students to refinance their loans.

Pentagon rules target Hollywood leaks
THE HILL – The fallout over the production of Zero Dark Thirty, a movie that depicted the hunt for Osama bin Laden, may be catching up to the Pentagon. The Department of Defense said Tuesday it is looking to crack down on soldiers who act in or provide filmmakers with classified information about their operations without permission. New rules would require soldiers to get […]
New questions about Obamacare abortion coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.

Policy

Job growth slows substantially in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months.

HealthCare.gov suffers security breach

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday a hacker broke into a server used to test coding for the website and planted a bug, the Wall Street Journal reports. This security breach occurred in July, an inexcusable six weeks before it was discovered on August 25.

Dozens arrested during fast food strike
Dozens were arrested as fast food workers in 150 cities hit the streets in front of various McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s locations Thursday morning to demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize as part of a union-funded campaign. Thursday’s protests were designed to be an escalation from the group’s previous tactics. […]
CEO:Healthcare.gov will face more issues this year
After the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov last year and massive technical difficulties that continue to plague its users, it seemed that the only way the Obamacare exchange website could go was up. But now the site’s new CEO warns that the site’s second year of operation could actually be more difficult than the last. “In […]
Obama makes awkward Healthcare.gov joke
President Barack Obama held a joint press conference with President Ilves of Estonia Wednesday where he discussed the situation with Russia and Ukraine, outlined his strategy in the Middle East, and decided to throw in an awkward joke about Healthcare.gov. Obama’s quote from the White House transcript: “I’ve come here today because Estonia is one […]

Education

Students Kicked Out for Nonpayment
INSIDE HIGHER ED — Kentucky State University is kicking out a quarter of its students for failing to pay their bills. The public historically black university announced Wednesday that 645 current students with unpaid bills are responsible for a $7 million deficit.  So those students — about 25 percent of the college’s population — are […]
Obama welcomes college students back to school

It's Labor Day, which means college students are finally back to their respective universities and about to embark on the costly academic year of 2014-15. Unfortunately, President Obama isn't "laboring" to reduce the cost of higher education. Instead, he's fundraising and attending weddings.

Bobby Jindal sues Dept. of Ed. over Common Core

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) filed a lawsuit in US District Court Wednesday against the Department of Education, alleging that the Common Core implementation process violated states' rights and the 10th Amendment.

Could a $10K degree change the higher ed debate?
Imagine a world where you could get a bachelor’s degree for $10,560 in tuition. Not a per year cost, but $10,560 for the entire program. California is trying to make that world a reality. California’s state legislature recently passed a bill that will allow a small number of community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees and if signed […]
CHARTS: The student loan problem under Obama
There are a multitude of examples that prove policies during Barack Obama’s presidency have harmed young people – the same age group responsible for voting him in – more than any other group, but few are as stark as the rapidly growing student loan debt problem. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York Quarterly Report […]