Polititainment

McCain doubts Dennis Rodman is a spy

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) seemed extremely amused by a reporter asking whether Dennis Rodman helped free American citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller from North Korea.

Colbert weighs in on #Grubergate
Comedian Stephen Colbert weighed in on Grubergate Thursday night, downplaying the Obamacare architect’s comments and making it seem as though his statements were nothing new. “Ah-ha! I knew it! Obamacare is funded by taxes, unlike every other part of the federal government,” Colbert announced after playing the clip of Jonathan Gruber talking about the lack […]
Seth Meyers on Obama's midterms grief

Seth Meyers noticed that President Obama's campaign emails "took a real turn" after the midterm elections.

Stewart attacks the NRA over ivory bans

Jon Stewart used Obama’s climate change deal with China as a launching pad for attacking the NRA.

Why Stewart wants Colbert fired

Jon Stewart finally got around to commenting on possibly the most absurd local news story of the year.

White House

Obama continues to profess transparency, free press, despite his actions against journalists
President Barack Obama continued to champion the rights of a free press and the need for transparency Sunday, despite his own actions against those goals. The White House released a statement by Obama to commemorate the First-Annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. “History shows that a free press remains a critical […]
Russian hackers broke into the White House network

Hackers with suspected ties to the Russian government recently broke into the White House’s unclassified computer network, the Washington Post reported Tuesday night.

Obama is withholding over 15,000 Fast and Furious documents

President Obama claimed executive privilege to withhold over 15,000 documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, including nearly 20 emails sent between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife.

White House fence jumper charged with assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous outstanding warrants, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. […]
President Obama, unpaid bills and the curious editing of the White House transcript
President Obama, some unpaid bills and a curiously “inaudible” section of the White House recording of a speech — that’s how all good stories start, right? While at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago, Obama cracked a joke about the “unpaid bills” at his home. The joke was reported by the White House Press […]

Congress

Reid mocked for latest Koch complaint

Soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid again went after Team Koch-o Wednesday, and an election-fatigued public wasn't having any of it.

Reid promises he has 'no desire' to obstruct GOP
Sen. Harry Reid (D- Nev.) promised Wednesday to not play political games and to not obstruct the new Republican-led Senate when he is forced to step aside as Majority Leader. Of course, he couldn’t help but throw some blame the GOP’s way in the process. “I am ready, Mr. President, to work with him in […]
Republicans to Mary Landrieu: 'Oh no you don't'

November 4 may have come and gone, but election season continues.

Rangel: 'Cracker' was 'term of endearment'
Rep. Charlie Rangel ( D- N.Y.) is at it again. The congressman with absolutely no filter is now claiming that he believes the term “cracker,” which he has used to describe the Tea Party, is a positive descriptor. Rangel appeared on Huffington Post Live Monday and explained his comments against the conservative group. “I thought […]
House Committee to investigate 'Truthy' study
A House Committee is taking a closer look at the federally funded “Truthy” study, which reportedly seeks to suppress political speech. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R -Texas) wrote a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation on Monday, demanding answers about the questionable research. Truthy is a research project […]

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SLU gives students protesting tips before verdict
COLLEGE FIX — Saint Louis University officials recently sent students tips on how best to protest if they choose to take part in possible unrest as a result of the Ferguson grand jury decision, expected in the next week or so. An administrator at the private college – a 20 minute drive from Ferguson – […]
Al Sharpton doesn’t pay his bills

Teleprompter and Kim Kardashian expert Rev. Al Sharpton is not that great at paying his bills, as a New York Times report details.

Campaigns are about to lose a major Facebook tool

Facebook has been dubbed by politicos like BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith as the soon-to-be “place where American elections are fought and won.”

Mo. declares state of emergency ahead of Ferguson
THE WASHINGTON POST — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of possible unrest following the announcement of findings of two separate criminal investigations into the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer. “Regardless of the outcomes of the federal and […]
Why Warren Probably Isn’t Running for President

NATIONAL JOURNAL -- Let's begin by stating the obvious: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has said, multiple times, that she is "not running for president" — although she has softened her tone on the subject in recent interviews.

Policy

Why CA's AG office won't release these prisoners

Despite prisons so overcrowded that the state faces a Supreme Court order to reduce its prison population, lawyers for California’s attorney general want to keep nonviolent offenders behind bars.

Eric Holder applauds Koch brothers

Outgoing attorney general Eric Holder sat down with Bill Keller and Tim Golden of the Marshall Project for an interview that spanned a range of topics, including prison reform, marijuana, and the death penalty—and included some praise for Harry Reid’s favorite punching-bag along the way.

Tech companies and the White House back NSA reform

The Senate is expected to vote today on a bill to reform the NSA, leaving supporters and detractors scrambling to make their final case to legislators.

D.C. police plan civil seizures into their budgets

Some cops aren’t just profiting from civil asset forfeiture—they’re counting on it.

Senate to consider NSA reforms and cyber-security

The upcoming weeks could be pivotal for privacy advocates fighting for reforms on the Hill, with two crucial bills nearing Senate votes.

Education

Marijuana battle hits college campuses
Recreational and medical marijuana may be legal in some states, but the discrepancy between federal and state law is causing problems for students at universities governed under both. A Seattle University student was suspended this week as a result of working for a medial marijuana dispensary, KOMO News reports. The student, who chose to remain anonymous, […]
Sen. Alexander talks higher education priorities
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R – Tenn.) is expected to become chairman of the health, education, labor and pensions committee in the Republican-led Congress and he spoke with NPR Tuesday to outline his education priorities for the next two years. While promoting school choice and turning Common Core over to the states were his main points, Alexander gave […]
Dartmouth students ask Rick Perry about anal sex
Forgoing an opportunity to ask a likely 2016 presidential candidate about his policies, Dartmouth University students instead pelted Rick Perry with questions about anal sex during his speech on campus. Perry spoke to a group of students about the midterm elections and the future of the Republican Party Sunday night, but when he opened the […]
For-profit colleges sue federal government
The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, which represents more than 1,400 for-profit colleges, filed a lawsuit against the federal government Friday over the Obama administration’s so-called “gainful employment rule.” The rule was formally put into place last week by the U.S. Department of Education. It prevents cuts off access to federal student-aid dollars for vocational programs that the […]
Harvard caught secretly photographing its students
Harvard University admitted Tuesday during a faculty meeting that it secretly photographed about 2,000 students in 10 lecture halls last spring as part of a study of classroom attendance, a confession that has drawn ire from professors and students who say it was an invasion of privacy. According to the Boston Globe, Peter K. Bol, Harvard’s vice provost […]