Polititainment

Sony hack just got a lot scarier

The group allegedly behind the cyberattacks -- which identifies itself as "Guardians of Peace" -- suggested that it will organize terror attacks at movie theaters when the film "The Interview" premiers.

Obamas talk racism with People magazine

People magazine conducted an interview with Barack and Michelle Obama during which the first couple discussed their experience with racism in America.

Stewart on 'Don't Jerk and Drive'

Jon Stewart barely held it together for a segment on South Dakota’s unbelievably terrible “Don’t Jerk and Drive” campaign.

Stewart likens spending bill to Cosby

The $1 trillion “Cromnibus” spending bill passed by Congress last weekend includes a lot of hidden provisions snuck in by various lawmakers—like the measure that attempts to block D.C.’s voter-approved legalization of marijuana.

Colbert is all in for Jeb Bush 2016
Stephen Colbert’s comedy news show, “The Colbert Report,” comes to an end this week and the comedian was worried that meant he wouldn’t have a chance to weigh in on the next presidential election. “Luckily for me, 2016 came early this year,” Colbert announced. Jeb Bush announced that he would “actively explore” running for president […]

White House

The Making of a President: Smithsonian creates 3D-printed bust of Obama
This is how a president is made. The White House and the Smithsonian teamed up to make a 3D printing of President Barack Obama. A video released by the White House Tuesday shows how Smithsonian staffers used scanners, cameras, and computer programs to make a 3D-printed bust of Obama. All of their tools took tiny measurements […]
National debt reaches $18 trillion for first time

A chart from the U.S. Treasury Department shows that our nation's debt currently sits at $18.005 trillion. Amazingly, the debt increased a whopping $40 billion in just two days.

The White House’s high-tech holiday decorating will involve robots and crowd-sourcing

This won't be George Washington's Christmas at the White House.

For first time in Obama’s presidency, majority of Americans believe things are going ‘well’
For the first time since President Obama took office, a majority of Americans believe things are “going well.” A new CNN/ORC International poll released Friday found that for the first time since 2007, a majority Americans say things in the country are going “well.” About 52 percent of poll respondents answered positively on that question. Last November […]
White House claims Obama is ‘not a media critic’

The White House doesn’t really seem to have a problem contradicting itself, so maybe this latest whopper shouldn’t surprise us.

Congress

The 'cromnibus' has been an absolute show thus far

The U.S. House approved a necessary procedural vote on a spending bill Thursday afternoon by the skin of Rudolph's teeth.

Harry Reid is pretty much Ivan Drago at this point

Soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid lamented the poor Obamacare rollout, blamed the president for Democrat losses in the midterm elections, and talked himself up in an interview published Wednesday, securing his status as the political equivalent of a "Rocky" villain.

Massie: 'My constituents are not your children'
Rep. Thomas Massie (R – Ky.) gave Obamacare architect and ‘stupidity’ commenter Jonathan Gruber a taste of his own disdainful medicine Tuesday. At a House committee hearing, Massie mercilessly used Gruber’s ethics training required by his professorship at MIT and his own written papers against him. “Under what circumstances is it ethical to deceive someone […]
Jonathan Gruber, meet Trey Gowdy

In the company of smirking colleagues 100 percent aware that he was about to inflict viral pain, Rep. Trey Gowdy laid waste to Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber's history of "stupid" comments at a House committee hearing Tuesday.

Cruz argued against keg ban at Princeton

Then a student at Princeton University, the Republican senator from Texas penned an op-ed in 1991 for the Daily Princetonian slamming then-President Harold T. Shapiro for ruling by "unilateral edict" and banning beer kegs at the university.

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The U.S. Military loves whiskey
Apparently, the men and women who serve our country prefer to be served whiskey. And not just any whiskey, but Jack Daniel’s. The United States military buys more of the brand’s premium Single Barrel whiskey than anyone in the entire world and has remained the top purchaser since the distillery created the ‘By The Barrel’ program in 1998, […]
Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hours
SYDNEY (AP) — A swarm of heavily armed police stormed a cafe in the heart of downtown Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege where a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 16 hours. A police spokesman confirmed “the operation is over,” but would not release any further details […]
Wedding party spontaneously joins gun rights rally

This couple took “shotgun wedding” to a fantastic new level.

Dave Chappelle says a police officer choked him

Comedian Dave Chappelle said several days ago that a police officer choked him on a movie set in New Orleans in 1992, and has since elaborated on the story in another show.

DOJ: Marijuana can be grown, sold on tribal land
The Justice Department announced Thursday that the government won’t prevent Native Americans from growing marijuana on reservations, even if the reservation is located in a state where marijuana is illegal. This ruling will be implemented on a case-by-case basis and tribes must still follow federal guidelines, Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the […]

Policy

Teen marijuana use declined this year

A favorite argument of the anti-marijuana crowd is that legalization would send the wrong signal to the youth and make them think drugs are good for them.

Tumblr page blacklists anti-pot congressman

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) has quickly become a persona non grata in Washington, D.C., and a Tumblr page of posters is encouraging local businesses to formally ban him from their premises.

Texas weighs allowing open carry of handguns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns.

Prof: 'Elf on the Shelf' is like Big Brother
It’s not just Santa who sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake anymore. The “Elf on the Shelf” phenomenon has taken over as a prevailing Christmas tradition, but one professor warns that it could actually be indicative of a much larger societal shift — a shift that helps normalize a Big Brother culture […]
Young adults are poorer and more single than ever

Any broke young professional who still manages to scrape together enough cash for a bar outing in hopes of "meeting someone" can surely identify with this.

Education

Professor forces students to share his beliefs
An American Indian Studies professor at the University of Minnesota is requiring his students to agree with his views on Native American issues in order to pass an assignment, Campus Reform reports. “You must pick one of the following topics and your video must be focused on that topic. Your video must follow the line […]
Georgetown, Harvard law seek exam postponement
Georgetown and Harvard law students are hoping to cash in on the benefits their counterparts at Columbia Law School received this week — postponed or exempted final exams due to emotional trauma. Following the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo. and the Eric Garner case in New York, Columbia law […]
Report: U.S. Gov. cuts employee student loan help

The U.S. government is no longer helping as many federal employees pay back their student loans in exchange for years of service, a new report found.

Law student exams postponed due to Garner decision
The grand jury decisions in Ferguson and in the Eric Garner chokehold death are not just sparking protests on college campuses. Apparently, they are changing final exam schedules too. Columbia Law School announced that it would allow students emotionally impacted by these events to postpone taking their final exams, Power Line reported. “The grand juries’ determinations […]
Dem senator looks to take away Pell grant funding
A buried section of  the 2015 fiscal year spending bill now being negotiated by congressional leaders would take away more than $300 million from low-income college students and give those taxpayers dollars to private student loan contractors. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate education committee and the appropriations subcommittee in charge of federal education expenditures, […]